Randy Alcorn is full of pithy sayings that are wise and convicting. Take his view on earthly existence: I should live not for the dot but for the line, the dot being life here and now and the line being eternity with the Saviour. Or, God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving, a phrase that sounds trite but runs deceptively deep.
Not all his phrases are as "neat," but they're all forceful. When he says Giving is the only antidote to materialism, we're driven to repent of our selfishness and insensitivity toward those in need. Throughout The Treasure Principle Alcorn challenges us to give what we receive, prioritize our heavenly accounts above our earthly ones, find joy in knowing our wealth is not ours but God's.
If you don't want to be convicted, don't read this book. Alcorn is humble and gentle but totally committed to biblical truth. When he uses illustrations from his own life he notes that things happened because God was at work, not because he (Randy) enjoyed a special dispensation of holiness.
This is short, readable, hard-hitting. Alcorn makes a compelling case from God's Word that our wealth is His, that our attitude toward money affects our spiritual health, and that by giving we imitate Christ. The Treasure Principle has been a favorite with Bible studies for a decade, and this new edition includes discussion questions and a prayer guide.