Monday, July 2, 2012

Enough - A Must-Read!

Finding More by Living with Less

Will Davis, Jr.
ISBN: 978-0800720025
July 2012/240 pages/$13.99

Do you have enough?

Our culture pushes us to strive for more--more money, more stuff, more clout. But how much is enough? And how do we know when we have too much of a good thing?

In this provocative book, Will Davis Jr. challenges us to discover the peace that comes through contentment with what we have and compassion for those in need. Through surprising statistics, scriptural insight, and powerful real-life stories, Davis shows us the rewards of living with less in order to be more and do more with our lives.

If you want to pursue a life that truly satisfies, read on.

Will Davis Jr. (DMin, Southwestern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Pray Big, Pray Big for Your Marriage, Pray Big for Your Child, Why Faith Makes Sense, and 10 Things Jesus Never Said. An avid hiker, mountain-biker, and water-skier, Davis and his wife, Susie, have three children and live in Austin, Texas. For more information about Will and his blog, visit

The grip that materialism has on America, including the church, is something that has been weighing on me for sometime. I don't claim to have arrived, by any means; I like my "stuff" as much as the next person. But knowing the joy that my family has experienced the times we have given beyond the minimum, I knew I wanted to read this book. I also am personally familiar with Will Davis and his church and was curious about his perspective on this subject. In short, this is a must-read book. More than that, it's a must-act book! This is not a book to read, check off your list, and place on a shelf never to be thought of again. Nor is it a book to pour on guilt about money -- unless you need it! (Actually, any conviction will come from the Holy Spirit, not solely from the book.) Rather, Davis presents a Biblically-based way of looking at our God's possessions in a different light than most of us probably do and encourages us to look at them through an eternal lens. One of my favorite--or I should say, most convicting!--parts is the chapter on Barns. Like the man in Luke 12, who decided he needed to build more barns for his crops, most of us who experience financial gain do the same thing. We buy a bigger house, add on to our existing home, buy a boat or a better car, buy more "stuff". The same goes for churches. Davis says,
In both cases--the individual and the church--the emphasis becomes having more, being larger, expanding assets, and increasing wealth. There's only one little problem with this strategy: nowhere in the Bible is a Christian or a church commanded to pursue more material gain. Not once. We've chosen a personal way of life and a church growth strategy that, simply stated, goes against everything the Bible teaches about stewardship, personal gain, and how we disciple people. (Chapter 7, p. 103)
The solution that Davis suggests? Give it away. "Declare your current barn to be large enough, then determine to give away whatever you receive that won't fit in the barn." (p. 104)

I encourage you to prayerfully read this book and consider the message within. Reflection points at the end of each chapter make this an ideal book to use in a small group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Julie Stiles Mills said...

One of my consistent prayers is "Lord, please help me to be a good steward of all that you've blessed me with - my time, my talent, my possessions, my finances and the friends and family that you've placed in my life."

Since I began looking at everything in my life as belonging to God, I'm so much more aware of opportunities to use those blessings to serve Him.

God is Good. All the time!