Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Review: Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory

In Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory, Jeremiah Burroughs seeks to make the reader aware of the snares of worldly riches but not in the traditional sense.  He makes a case that the "riches of this world compete for our affections and challenge our contentment in Christ."  

His premise is not that riches in themselves are evil but the inability of contentment for the owner is where the evil resides.  Whereas most men are interested in increasing their wealth and amassing it for their own fleshly pleasures, the Christian should learn to abound in their fullness.

Burroughs presents the view a Christian should take in regards to prosperity as a means to serve and thus glorify God rather than for temporal pleasures.  A man of lesser means is supposedly looked down upon but it is the rich man that should be pitied because his responsibility is greater and thus his judgement weightier as well.  Burroughs advises the man who is full to make it a practice to examine himself through the Word of God and prayer (keep your books even every day with God).  It is commendable to a man to make best use of God's mercies daily and not concern himself with acquiring more wealth.  A man who is full must learn that fullness is only found in Jesus not in his material fullness, thus truly abounding.

Whereas, I could not agree with Burroughs's theology and doctrine one hundred precent, I did appreciate his insights into a timely subject matter.  Most our concerned with acquiring wealth and not concerned about the toll it will take on his relationship with God.  This book is a worthwhile read to take an introspective looks at one's views and actions concerning material fullness.

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Karen,

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews


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