Another reason this book had to be in my top five was that this is one of those books that gets a quick read every year. This book is about giving, but it is much more than that. It is a book on priorities. It is a book on stewardship. It is a book designed to test your true allegiance.
The treasure principle that he talks about in the book is simply this: "You can't take it with you--but you can send it on ahead" (18). He says, "Don't ask how your investment will be paying off in just thirty years. Ask how it will be paying off in thirty million years" (19). Once I truly understood that thought, it changed the way I looked at finances & possessions--treasures!
Throughout the book, Alcorn gives six treasure principle keys. It is these keys that he unpacks throughout the book. Here they are.
- God owns everything. I'm His money manager.
- My heart always goes where I put God's money.
- Heaven, not earth, is my home.
- I should live not for the dot but for the line.
- Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
- God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Before there were the books Radical or Crazy Love, there was this book. Read it and be changed! I will pray for your investments! Let me end with this quote from Alcorn. Enjoy!
"Ask yourself, Five minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given away while I still had the chance? When you come up with an answer, why not give it away now? Why not spend the rest of our lives closing the gap between what we'll wish we would have given and what we really are giving? . . . When you leave this world, will you be known as one who accumulated treasures on earth that you couldn't keep? Or will you be recognized as one who invested treasures in heaven that you couldn't lose? (81).