Tithing: Test Me in This by Douglas Leblanc is part of the Ancient Practice Series of books that looks at how ancient practices stemming from the Bible and Christianity are applicable to modern life today. The author interviews many families and individuals from different churches to find out what their tithing practices are, why they do it, and how tithing has impacted their lives. The answers to the author's questions were different, and some answers were quite surprising. All of the participants in the author's interviews felt that tithing had changed their lives for the better and that it had drawn them deeper into a relationship with God.
I enjoyed this book, although I would recommend it for someone who is more familiar with Christian history and terminology than I. The author writes about several events from modern Christianity's recent history, but I wasn't familiar with all of the events. There is also some ambiguous Christian vocabulary throughout the book that would be more difficult for non-Christians to understand. Surprisingly, I learned that there is not necessarily a Biblical basis for tithing 10% of one's salary, although various people interviewed had different opinions about where the command to tithe comes from and in what amount. Some of the people interviewed proposed some weird ideas along the lines of, “You should tithe, even if you can't afford to, because God likes it when you don't know where you next meal is coming from.” I don't think I agree with them, but I still enjoyed this book because it does cover the subject of tithing in depth.
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