Joel Morris notes that there is a reluctance amongst Western Christians to discuss issues relating to money and our attitudes to giving to Christian work. In order to address what he acknowledges to be a deficiency in himself and amongst other Christians he sets about exploring the key motivation for giving. He is keen for Christian readers to use this book to examine our attitudes towards giving. He asks pointedly, ‘When I give, do I give reluctantly? Can I call myself a cheerful giver’?
Later on in the book he usefully adapts Mark Dillon’s profiles of givers as outlined originally in his book ‘Giving and Getting in the Kingdom’ to help readers to analyse what type of givers they really are. Ultimately, Morris’ undeniable premise is that we should give generously because we have a generous God. Our giving, therefore, reflects our view of God and what He has done for us in Jesus. It is this starting point that makes this a convincing and compelling book to promote generous, humble and eager giving. Morris readily reinforces his argument by offering applications for a variety of situations for believers in their own lives and as members of local churches.
Gari Lewis, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Llwynhendy