I’m extremely excited to introduce to you my first book. It feels great to have it published and available for anyone to read. It also feels surreal. Writing a book was never on my list of life’s goals. In fact, I don’t even read a lot of books, so why would I bother to write one? Further, why would I choose Giving and Finances as the topic? Well, it kind of just came to be. Below is an excerpt from the introduction in the book that helps explain the circumstances.
Now that it’s written and published, I hope that it will be useful to many. I would love to hear your feedback and your stories.
Excerpt from “I Got This“:
I had been invited specifically to speak about giving. The organizer of the conference had heard some of my teaching, and he requested that I share it with his network of pastors in Uganda. At first the thought unsettled me. I would be the “rich” American who came to a developing nation to teach poor and even impoverished people about money. How condescending! I didn’t want to be that guy. I wanted to be the guy requested to speak about God’s love, joy, and forgiveness. I wanted to be the guy people wanted to see after the message, not the guy they wanted to avoid.
To my surprise, I’ve become that guy—the guy people request to teach about giving. I’ve preached on giving in a number of countries and in many churches, even churches I barely know (and they barely know me.) I’ve rallied the troops as the keynote speaker for the giving campaigns of other churches and ministries. I’ve flown to developing nations to speak at conferences where all the attendees walked for miles, and sometimes days, just to get there. What fascinates me is that I’ve truly enjoyed it, and by and large so have the congregations and audiences! They must, or they wouldn’t keep asking me back and spreading the word.
Why? What am I sharing that others not only find helpful but welcome and even desire? I’m sharing freedom. Through the teaching, people find a release of freedom instead of guilt. They find a release of joy instead of depression. Instead of a formula for figuring it out, I simply share from my experience of living it out. And my experience is one of freedom.