Igniting a Life of Generosity by Chris McDaniel is nothing revolutionary, nothing new or out of the ordinary. With one to four pages per day and 21 days of devotionals, this short booklet covers all the basic grounds of what the Bible says about tithing, generosity, and giving from the heart. McDaniel uses Scripture and reflection questions, most of which are calls to action.
Many readers will come and leave with a critical attitude on this subject. It’s easy to misconstrue what McDaniel writes as implying that giving brings about blessings, as in possessions. All the examples McDaniel uses come across as big and miraculous — not guaranteed to come about in every situation. McDaniel uses Bible verses to support his position that God blesses those who give. But he also stresses that giving comes from the heart and is not to be done for the ego’s pleasure. McDaniel also makes a quick note on giving of time (in addition to money), as well as using wisdom to save and plan so that the Christian has the money to give.
While there is much to be critical of, especially if misunderstood or misinterpreted, Igniting a Life of Generosity, also gives the reader much to think about. McDaniel reminds Christians that everything belongs to God, not to humans, and Christians must take care not to put their trust in earthly things. He quotes 1 Timothy 6:18-19, “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that the may experience true life.”
Ultimately, McDaniel gives the reader several takeaways — that is, if the reader is willing. Igniting a Life of Generosity is a good reinforcement for basic Christian values and will serve as a good devotional for the person short on time and in need of a bit of humility and a lot of encouragement when it comes to possessions. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Igniting a Life of Generosity, by Chris McDaniel, is a devotional for those who desire to better understand the wonderful experiences the Bible offers when we grow in the grace of giving.
Not just another devotional – it will help you develop your practical and personal theology for generous giving. You will be transformed on your own stewardship journey.
This resource serves as a great tool for churches and ministries to distribute to their constituents, helping each individual learn basic principles and concepts about biblical giving.
May God continue to grow your heart as a cheerful giver! (2 Corinthians 9:7)