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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Review: Marketplace Memos by David Shibley and Jonathan Shibley (With Excerpt)

Title: Marketplace Memos
Author: David Shibley and Jonathan Shibley
Pages: 173
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group (October 20, 2008)
Genre: Non-fiction / Christian Life / Professional Growth
Edition: Hardback - many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review for the FIRST WildCard Tour!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Professional Growth

In a nutshell: Written by a father-son team, this devotional type book has a total of 39 topics that have been broken into three primary sections: True Riches (Thinking Biblically about Money and Wealth), Kingdom Business (Your Marketplace Ministry) and Leaving a Legacy (For Christ, His Commission, and His Kingdom). I found that many of the topics really made me think about my values and beliefs and how I wanted to use them - which to me is exactly what a devotional should do. I like to have my thoughts challenged and stretched so I can learn and (hopefully) become a better person. I think this is a very helpful book, but feel that the information it contains can be more easily implemented by people who work in or own private businesses, rather than the public sector, which often has policies regarding religion in the workplace.

From the Publisher:
A unique collection of devotional insight and empowerment geared toward making your work and life a much more fulfilled and Christ-centered journey. Maximize your opportunities to advance the work and message of Christ through your everyday life. Don’t settle for mundane when God seeks more from you and can give so much to others through your work. Are you ready to make a difference? Are you tired of going through the motions and want to make what you do matter in a divinely eternal way? We have 40 powerful principles to set you on the path to a more enriching life of faith and insight.

The book is divided into three sections: True Riches, Kingdom Business, and Leaving a Legacy. Sample chapters include: Favor, Prayer and the Workplace, Seeds, Business by Revelation, Integrity, Rich Advice, and more!

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Marketplace Memos

New Leaf Publishing Group (October 20, 2008)


David Shibley is founder and president of Global Advance, a ministry that trains and resources thousands of church and business leaders every year in many of the world's most underserved nations. Having ministered in almost 60 nations, David has a passion to strengthen and encourage national leaders to advance God's kingdom worldwide. David and his wife, Naomi, have two married sons.

Jonathan Shibley serves as vice president of Global Advance. His primary focus is directing the Marketplace Missions program for equipping business leaders in developing nations. He also is engaged in international business. Before joining Global Advance, he earned a business degree from Baylor University and served with Promise Keepers and Teen Mania. Jonathan and his wife, Sarah, have three children.

Product Details:

List Price: $ 13.99
Hardcover: 173 pages
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group (October 20, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892216786
ISBN-13: 978-0892216789


Giving Living

Years ago, a disgruntled man stormed up to Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse, after he heard Dr. Pierce preach. The angry man snarled, “I guess all there is to this Christianity is give, give, give.” Reflecting later on that encounter, Dr. Pierce chuckled, “It just goes to show that even with the wrong spirit a man can get some revelation and truth!”

The often-quoted maxim – “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give” – is true. Here are seven practical benefits of giving for God’s Kingdom purposes and the fulfilling of the Great Commission.

Your gift goes where you may never go. Your gift is an extension of yourself. You receive money in exchange for your investment of time and life. So when you give for Kingdom purposes, in a real sense you’re giving a part of yourself. Your gift says you want your life to count for what is eternal. Americans are generous, and Christians in America are especially so. There are many legitimate causes, but I don’t know anywhere givers can get more done for the dollar than in giving to world missions.

Giving living loosens the grip of materialism. I noticed a bumper sticker on the back of a sports car that read, “The man who dies with the most toys…wins.” But Jesus taught that the man who dies with the most “toys” is a short-sighted fool. It’s time for us to stop loving cars and clothes and start loving countries! If God so loved the world that He gave His Son, we need to so love the world that we invest in being sure everyone everywhere hears about His Son. I’ve driven through the poverty-drenched streets of Kolkata and the wealth-lined avenues of Beverly Hills. In both environments I saw desperate people. Jesus wasn’t kidding when He warned, “Beware of covetousness because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.” God calls us to embrace biblical prosperity while rejecting materialism. We can do both; we must do both.

You experience the eternal principle of sowing and reaping. Some churches in Africa practice a unique form of church discipline. If a professing Christian is living in sin, he is allowed to come to church, but he is not allowed to give! When the offering place comes to him, the usher places his hand over the plate and prevents him from giving. It is a powerful statement that the blessing of God is literally being prevented from coming to the unrepentant man’s life. It’s an eternal law woven into the very fabric of the universe. Farmers call it the law of sowing and reaping. Scientists refer to it as cause and effect. It’s reinforced throughout the Scriptures. The pattern is clear: you must sow in order to reap.

You lay up treasures in heaven. Jesus taught, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A businessman once approached me and said, “I need more of a heart for missions. What should I do?” I replied, “Write out a $2,500 check for missions and sow it to the harvest, and I promise you, you’ll have more of a heart for missions.”

It just works that way. Where your treasure is (present tense), there your heart will be (future tense). Although “you can’t take it with you,” you can send it on ahead! This very day you can lay up treasures in heaven.

God will supply your every need. Are you ready for a jolt? Philippians 4:19 is not a promise for every Christian. It’s a great verse: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” But it is not a carte blanche to be claimed at will by anybody. No, this promise is given exclusively to those who invest in advancing the gospel.

Read the context. Paul told the Philippians they were the only church that had invested to send him on his first missionary journey. As a result of their gift to launch Paul to the nations, he promised that God would supply their every need. Yes, you can claim Philippians 4:19 if you give for the advance of the gospel.

You experience the joy of making a difference in the world. I make no apologies for challenging American Christians to tear loose from some of their money and give it to advance Kingdom causes worldwide. Jesus taught, “To whom much is given, from him much will be required.” With blessing comes accountability. There is a longing inside every true Christ-follower to make a difference for Him. We do not bear sole responsibility for world evangelization, but because of our affluence and influence, we do bear heightened responsibility.

You experience the significance of participating in God’s global purposes. A businessman thanked me for the opportunity to give to Global Advance. He tearfully said, “You give me purpose.” For this man, building his company is not the bottom line. He goes beyond the bottom line to build Christ’s Kingdom through building his company.

You move past mere success to true significance by aligning your life with God’s primary purpose. God’s primary purpose is to see His Son known, loved, and worshiped by redeemed people from every tribe and nation. And you are part of that plan. Live to give.

Remember: “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Reflect: “What do your offerings say about your heart levels of gratitude and love for God? What does your spending say about what’s truly important on this earth?” – Robert Morris

Pray: That God will make you a joyful giver to His Kingdom causes.

Act: Where is the Holy Spirit directing you to invest for Christ’s Kingdom today?

Extended Review: The topics within the book seem to be very well thought-out, and each contains good examples and points for the reader to think about. One topic was especially interesting to me both personally and professionally. I've had the opportunity to meet some great people, and I tend to fall-behind on the follow-up portion of relationships. Relationships take work, and I tend to let myself get sidetracked by non-relationship activities. Another topic that I really liked talked about integrity and the importance of being the same person in public that you are in private. I think a lot of us show a slightly different public side because of what we think others will expect or want. I'm still really mulling this one over.

Content: With 39 topics that are organized into three main sections, there are plenty of opportunities to take a closer look at things affecting our daily lives within our workplace (and personal life) and our spiritual life. Each topic, or devotional, is given a few pages of information/discussion, then ends with a "Daily Planner" that provides a passage from scripture, a quote for reflection, a topic for prayer and a suggestion for action throughout your day.

Format: The format is consistent and easy to follow. The topics have a spot to write the date, which leaves the reader open to jumping around. I found that I liked to use the table of contents to jump around to topics I felt were more relevant to me at the time.

Readability: The book was easy to read. Some topics required more thought on my behalf than others, but I found I got more out of those in the long-run.

Overall: An interesting book that helps the reader look at situations that are faced in the business world (and the personal one too - from my experience) and look at them using spiritual values. Some topics were easy to read through and others required more thought. I think it was worth reading in order to get help really taking a look at some of my values. I do think this book is more appropriate for private or religious businesses, where there is no question of allowing religion in the workplace, because some of the topics encourage seeing how the reader can use their resources and spirituality to help others (mentoring, etc).

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Pam said...

Hi Wendy,
You did a great job on your review as usual! I am posting a link to your review in my post. : )

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