I’ve often wondered how to be rich. Now, after reading this book by Andy Stanley, I have discovered the secret. In fact, the more I read through the book the richer I became. By the end of the book I was rolling about in my riches and faced with the new problem posed by Andy Stanley, which is, what should I do with my wealth?
The book is not actually about how to get rich. It is about how to be rich, once you admit to the uncomfortable reality that you are already rich. It is about how to be good at being rich towards others. It is about learning to place your hope not in riches, but in him who richly provides. It is about creating a giving strategy which stretches you out of your comfort zone and demonstrates that your hope is not in your ability to hoard. It is about selfless generosity which allows you to take hold of life as it was meant to be lived.
Each year in the lead up to Christmas, the author’s church North Point Ministries runs a Be Rich campaign. The 2013 campaign, according to my calculations, resulted in gifts of more than $170 per attender to about 80 small local and overseas charities and schools, just over one shoebox per attender to the Operation Christmas Child program, and 1.4 hours per attender in time volunteered at local charities.
The book includes a small group video discussion guide based on the DVDs which can be purchased with the book. Further video content can be located on the How to be Rich website and the various North Point Ministries websites. In my view the book and associated resources provide an outstanding example of how churches can cultivate a culture of generosity.