The purpose of this book is to promote the importance of tithing among churchgoers. What prompted Dr. J. Owens Smith, a layperson and political scientist, to write his book was that he found so many churchgoers had numerous misconceptions about tithing. They were of the belief that tithing was for the benefit of the pastors and the church.
Using a socioeconomic analysis and his personal testimony of tithing, Dr. Smith demonstrated throughout his book that the individual is the greatest benefactor of tithing. He feels that this subject is so important to the urban churches in general and the Black churches in particular that this topic should be promoted on a continuous basis.
This book offers a breakthrough approach to teaching tithing. It discusses the various misconcepts of tithing and the relationship between tithing and one’s socioeconomic status. It also discusses how the power of tithing promotes not only one’s socioeconomic status but also his/her spiritual growth and development as well. In essence, it is designed to turn grudgingly givers into cheerful tithers.