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The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living Hardcover – 2 Aug 2016
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Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 36,000 active members. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life and serves as chairman of the board of The King's University. He is the bestselling author of 14 books, including The Blessed Life, The God I Never knew, Truly Free, and Frequency. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have been married 36 years and are blessed with one married daughter, two married sons, and six grandchildren.
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Since its original release in 2002, The Blessed Life has helped millions of people discover the joy of generosity.
"My friend, Robert, gave me a free copy of The Blessed Life shortly after it was released. God used the book to move me to whole new levels of generosity, making The Blessed Life the most expensive free book I have every read!"
--Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church; Chairman of the Board, Willow Creek Association
--Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host "In The Blessed Life, Robert Morris perfectly communicates his life message about giving. So many people in this modern world view giving through legalistic eyes or as a way to get back more than what they give. This book resists that outlook by explaining that the purpose of generosity is simply to be generous. It's a revelation that has changed my life and I hope it changes yours as well."
--John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, author, and speaker
"This book challenged the way I view money, the way I use money, and the way I trust God. In any discussion about finances and spirituality, this book deserves a place at the table."
--Max Lucado, pastor and author See all Product description
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However, I feel I must give a less than positive review because, as I read, I couldn't avoid the feeling that the author was consistently evasive about actual specifics. Here's the problem. The premise of this book is that there are predictable, calculable, specific results to be achieved if the believer follows certain generous patterns of behaviour. (Not that it's meant to be any kind of get-rich-quick scheme.) Yet, time after time the author gets tot he punchline of a story about how these predictable, calculable, specific results took place - then dodges off to the side with some vague comment about good things happening to the person in the story.
This left me feeling cheated. If, as the author argues, God blesses people who are faithful in their tithes and generous in their giving then why avoid telling us the whole story with all the details? Tell us how God blessed those people not just once but year on year. Let's have the long-term story.
I also feel that the author may have missed the point in some respects. In several examples of excessively generous giving the author narrates the story of how one person 'gave' a large sum of money or valuable property to another person only to have a 3rd party 'give' generously to them in return. That sounds great if you're the person in the middle but what about the guy at the top who is giving even more generously? Is there, in short, a 'larger flea' upon which that person also 'feeds'? Is 'the blessed life' simply a means of recycling wealth among believers? Is the whole thing little more than an argument for communal living? Again - why not tell the full story?
Overall - a good book that will make the reader consider their own stance on the matter of financial management but disappointing in terms of the big picture.