Review of Douglas Leblanc’s Tithing: Test Me In This

“The essence of my stewardship theology is the belief that we are God’s colleagues.” The Reverend Ed Bacon

If you are looking for a good Biblical exegesis and exposition on tithing… do not buy this book.

But, if you are looking for good preaching and teaching material on tithing,… DO buy this book!

I loved this book for two reasons.

First, it tells a variety of honest and inspiring stories of Christians across the theological and denominational spectrum (and including an interview with a Jewish Rabbi and the Torah’s view of tithing.) From my own tradition (Church of God, Anderson) to Episcopal to Seventh Day Adventist, Douglas Leblanc does a wonderful job of telling the stories of clergy and laity who in times of “plenty and times of want” share how tithing has helped them grow spiritually and as leaders.

Second, it sketches tithing beyond the often legalistic belief of 10% into a broader view of giving beyond a mere amount that reflects a larger faith and trust in the Lord and a more holistic approach to giving than just to one’s local congregation. This was well illustrated throughout the book in the stories shared of giving beyond the tithe.

Part of Thomas Nelson’s The Ancient Practices Series, this book offers something beyond the dry textual view of tithing. It invites the reader to consider their own story regarding this vital Christian discipline and how to further their own practice of giving.

(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program called Book Sneeze (www.booksneeze.com)  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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Jim Kane

I am a hubby to my wife of over 30 years, dad to two university students, caregiver to his mom, a minister, cat dad to Hanna who we adopted from our local animal shelter, a life-long aviation fan, and a reader and blogger. I began this blog in 2008 and post my book reviews, messages to my congregation, prayers, and other things as well. Thank you for stopping by!

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One thought on “Review of Douglas Leblanc’s Tithing: Test Me In This”

  1. The bottom line seems to be that this book is a pro-tithing apologetic which ignores scriptural issues to present a series of pictures of how wonderful it is to tithe. By contrast, LeBlanc does not go into communities where people struggle to take care fo their families, but continue to pay the clerically mandated extortion by threatening them with the curses from Malachi.

    In addition, tithing is a precise term – it is not synonymous with stewardship. It has a specific binblical meaning, one which most pro-tithers try to obscure. Because of these obscurationist tactics, people are, for the sake of tradition, placed under an obligation that is nowhere in the New Testament enjoined upon Christians.

    For an honest, scriptural look at tithing, perhaps you should read Dr. Russell Kelley’s book, “Should the Church Teach Tithing?” (http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/). At leasat then you would have a clear picture of the issues involved, unlike Mr. LeBlanc’s puff piece.

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