Sunday, February 7, 2010

What I've been reading, week 5

So here is week 5 of what I've been reading in 2010!


Tithing: Test Me in This by Douglas Leblanc.  Part of the Ancient Practices Series, I was really interested in reading this title.  I'm not sure what exactly I expected, but this wasn't it.  I think I assumed there would be lists of Bible verses telling me that we are commanded to tithe, or a long discussion about whether or not a tithe means 10% of your gross or your net paycheck.

Instead, Douglas Leblanc has 11 uplifting chapters that tell the stories of people who do tithe.  He interviews people from very different places, including different faith traditions:  Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant.  

This is a very easy read, and it really made me think.  I do wish there had been at least one chapter truly dedicated to the Biblical basis for tithing (some is woven into the stories), and/or one focusing on the historical aspects.  Regardless, this is a book I'm glad to have read.  And it is one I will reread.

Disclosure:  Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

In Progress:

The Iliad:  Connor has this assigned to him over four weeks, and I am reading along.  Still.  I thought we'd be done by now.
America-- The Last, Best Hope Volume II by William J. Bennett, my current audio book.
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
There is no Freedom Without Bread by Constantine Pleshakov
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Hertzberg and Francois
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (listening with my kids)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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1 comment:

Heather said...

You are reading so many great books! I saw this and wished I had reviewed it. I really think it is hard to understand tithing sometimes. My FIL has told my husband that he needs to be debt-free before tithing...but the bible clearly? says to do it. I do still have some confusion on it. (& I saw Tina's take) So, difficult questions! If we waited until we felt good about it..wouldn't that be never?? We do try to tithe, but I have to say, it is inconsistent.