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The world is full of good things.

Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. But what happens to these earthly pleasures when Jesus shows up? Do the things of earth grow strangely dim? Or does he shine in all that’s fair?

In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of holiness. Steering a middle course between idolatry on the one hand and ingratitude on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that every good gift comes from the Father’s hand, that God’s blessings should drive us to worship and generosity, and that a passion for God’s glory is as wide as the world.

3 comments on “The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts”

  1. A "turning-point" book... There are different books and different authors that have a certain type of effect on me. Some primarily increase my knowledge and understanding with clarity and conviction. Some primarily stir my affections. But there are some who not only do both of these things, but they make me want to live. And by that I mean that they make me want to live a certain type of life, to be a certain kind of man, to live life to its fullest in a God-oriented, Christ-exalting way. These books and authors (e.g...

  2. Best book I’ve read this year This is a really complicated topic, and most of us have not thought about it enough. Those pangs of guilt we have over the stuff we own, the money we spend, the time we “waste”: what do we do with them? This book covers well, with deep practical and specific examples, how we love God AND our stuff, by loving God for and with and through our stuff. Very pastorally written with the help of the average Christian in mind.

  3. The True Prosperity Gospel "Seriously!" I can not help, but live according to this book and thank God for this gift. I have been suffering for awhile about struggling with gifts of all kinds whether it be spiritual gifts or earthly gifts and my worrying of idolatry. I've struggled with being a pharisee, and living in this sense of false holiness.Truly truly, can I enjoy the things of God and speak well of them without being in fear of becoming an idolater. This is the true prosperity Gospel, not Gifts over the Giver, but Gifts...

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