Book Review – The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts (20/4)

We know we are to worship God alone and not mammon. But, how can a christian learn to enjoy the good things that God has given to us? To put it plainly, is it wrong to even enjoy the good things God has given us? Many christians may find themselves ridden with guilt when they feel they enjoy the things of the world far too much.

The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His GiftsJoe Rigney aims to help christians grow in this area. He wants christians to know how to enjoy God, by learning how to enjoy the things of this world. Rigney first helps the readers understand who God is, and about his role in creation. He is the director, the one who directs all things in the whole of creation. Next, he shows the readers the distinction between creator and creature, showing us how we should live as creatures created by God. Following which, he presents the problem that we face in our lives, the problem of sin. Rigney helps the readers to see that the problem lies deep in our heart, we are wont to worship anything else but God. Yet, though we are laid with such impossible problem, God has saved us through His Son Jesus Christ. Now, we are free to worship God! And one of the way we worship God, is through the proper use and appreciation of the gifts He has given to us.

Ringer then very helpful raises the issue of what it means to deny ourselves. Although God has given us these gifts to be enjoyed, these are things we can give  up so that others may also enjoy these gifts. In fact, Rigney points out to the readers that the bible calls us who are rich to be generous to those who are poor. Lastly, Rigney reminds us of our creatureliness and to live amongst our gifts in the midst of suffering and death.

I have found this book to packed with biblical teaching and it has helped me deepen my understanding of how to be appreciative of the things I have in life. I have learnt much, and found Rigney to be an excellent author. Highly recommended for those who are working, You might be thinking about how to deal with the things you have in your life. This will be a book you should be reading.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review