How Is Managing God’s Money Different from The Treasure Principle and Money, Possessions, and Eternity?
Managing God’s Money includes portions of what Randy considers the most important subjects dealt with in his large book Money, Possessions & Eternity. New material was added as he edited, so the final product is and feels quite different. Managing God’s Money is for those who want a complete treatment of biblical stewardship, but at one fourth the size of Money, Possessions and Eternity. While The Treasure Principle focuses on giving, Managing God’s Money includes giving, but also includes God’s ownership, lifestyles, debt, spending, saving, insurance, retirement, gambling and teaching our children how to be good money managers. (And a lot more, but still in a small book format.)
Some thoughts from Randy about the differences between the books:
One distinction between The Treasure Principle and Managing God’s Money is that while The Treasure Principle is almost entirely about giving, Managing God's Money addresses the whole realm of stewardship, but with giving woven throughout, as well as having its own chapters. Both are short books, yet Managing God’s Money has over twice as much content as Treasure Principle. I say this because knowing the people I’m giving a book helps me AND the distinctive of the books determine which book to give them. Money, Possessions and Eternity is the big book, and it is for the person who reads Managing God’s Money and wants more, especially more Scripture that is developed and more issues there’s no room to address in the smaller books. Managing God's Money is like a simplified abridged Money, Possessions, and Eternity, which preceded it. Money, Possessions, and Eternity has sold over 100,000 copies, Treasure Principle over two million, but in some ways the new Managing God’s Money achieves a nice balance between the two—covers more ground than Treasure Principle, but is shorter and more accessible than Money, Possessions, and Eternity.