Book Club #3

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It’s Book Club again! So this week I’ve been reading a book called, “The Blessed Life, Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living.” The author is Robert Morrison, who some of you may recognize as the Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas Texas.

I don’t normally read books by famous pastors, just because I always get this feeling that they are so ingenuine, like writing a book is just part of what a pastor gaining fame should do. So I wasn’t expecting this to be anything special. Plus the title was boring and not terribly catchy. Cuz that’s important. (?) But I gave it a shot anyway, mostly because I’m fresh out of entertainment funds, so buying a new book was just out of the question. I received this book for free after completing an introductory, membership type class in my church, Christ Fellowship South Florida, (which is super awesome – if you’re ever in the area, check it out) and it’s been collecting dust in my home ever since.

I think God purposely allowed me to be in a financial jam just so that I would read this instead of buying something new. Seriously, I wish I had read this years ago. The first chapter started out with some amazing testimonies of people who sacrificially gave to God in obedience and were returned over tenfold of what they had given. The stories were captivating and inspiring, but I, ever cautious of scams and prosperity preachers who swindle hurting souls out of their last dime, was wary.

But, I love to read, and I had a book, so I continued. And I’m so glad. The message at the heart of this book is not “give more to get more,” although that seems to be the natural way of things. Instead, it followed along with exactly what God has been laying on my heart this entire month. Obedience.

Not obedience to giving, not obedience to the “spirit’s” leading in an emotional sermon, not obedience to a guilt trip, but obedience to the Word of God and the priorities he has set for us. One of the key themes throughout this book is getting your heart and priorities right with God. Pastor Morris talks about how easy it is to live our lives serving Mammon, that demon that enslaves us to money and worldly living. Striving for success in the world’s eyes. Woven throughout the book are stories of people who chose instead to serve Christ, and depend on him as their provider. Not blindly throwing their resources away, but being ready and willing to serve God with whatever he asked of them.

Something else that God has been really laying on my heart, and that I have been trying to instil in my kids, is the concept of reaping what you sow. Which just happens to be another huge theme of this book. This principle can be applied to literally every area of our lives, and I have been trying to do just that. I cannot tell you how encouraging and inspiring this book has been in motivating me in this.

Well, without going off on a tangent (as I often do) or preaching a whole sermon, I just wanted to share with you a really awesome read that was refreshingly (if not surprisingly) genuine and true to God’s Word.  I will post the link to purchase below, including links for my readers in the UK and Canada.

I’m not selling anything here, just sharing, but I will be honest in letting you know that these are affiliate links, and I will receive a small commission should you purchase. And if you do, thank you! Your support is what will allow me to continue writing 🙂

Thanks guys, hope you enjoy!

The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living

United Kingdom, purchase here

Canada, purchase here

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11 comments on “Book Club #3”

  1. I love that moment when you read a book you thought you genuinely wouldn’t like. I hope you got all the information you needed! And I love how you put it out there, explaining your fear of being scammed and how “people give to receive”. That’s how I feel, but at the same time I’m a nice person and I’m willing to help with anything!

    Also, I’m very inspired by your post!! What’s funny is I have two posts in the work to talk about my favorite books! I’m defiantly going to have to adapt to your post!

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    1. Thank you! Yay! I’m excited to hear about your favorite books! I loooove to read, it’s my fav form of entertainment and learning. I love sharing as well as being exposed to new books and authors. Thanks for your kind words, you are such an encouragement!

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    1. Thank you! That means so much! I always enjoy your posts too 🙂 Writing book reviews forces me to take some time every day to do something enjoy, otherwise, I never stop working. Then I get cranky. Lol, I’m so glad you enjoy, thanks for reading!

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  2. I’m glad you shared your thoughts on Morrises book as it opens up dialog on an often misunderstood topic. No, I have not read his book but I’m reading THE book which has a few things to say on giving. It truly is about obedience to what Jesus tells us to do. I recorded several of my financial testimonies in my unpublished book on the Kingdom to illustrate the impt of obedience and to challenge readers to test God by aligning their finances w/His instruction.

    Here’s an excerpt: God’s kingdom economy is based on the foundation that we see our wealth as directly coming from the blessing of God upon our lives; therefore, our assets belong to Him (Malachi 3:6-12). I’ve donated a tenth of my income for 40 years. Back in 2001, my hubby, Bill was a part-time college adjunct instructor, (without benefits) and I worked full time. I wanted to leave my full-time job to start my own business, but since I carried our family health insurance, I could not do that until he obtained a full-time position with benefits. We prayed about it of course, asking God to provide a stable, university teaching position for Bill as well as an open entrepreneurial door for me. I will always remember the joy I felt that July when Bill received the call offering him a full-time position with benefits in the English Department at Florida Tech. He has been there sixteen years now, so the stable aspect of that prayer manifested. His new job meant I could quit my government position to start my own private investigation/process service agency. God provided ample financial provision for our house, along with health and group life insurance and paid holidays, at the same time fulfilling our heart desires. God cares about every aspect of our lives and knows the vital role that work plays in our personal identity and self-esteem. My small business allowed me to work from home, set my own hours and free up my schedule allowing for increased morning prayer-time, a deep heart desire. I operated this business for ten years until I retired early in December, 2011. Abba is faithful, His Word is true and He can be trusted.

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    1. Wow , thank you for sharing that! I love hearing stories of God’s faithfulness, it is so encouraging, especially while in a period of waiting! Thanks for pointing out that all of our resources are really his. I think that is so key. Nothing we have is ours. Our paychecks, everything is from God and ultimately belongs to him. Who are we to hoard and squander what he has entrusted us with? Anyway, I feel a rant coming on lol so I’ll end it with that. I appreciate you sharing your book here! Do you have that available to read anywhere? Thanks for wise words of truth 🙂

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