Pastor Scott deals with prosperity but does it the Biblical way, that is, if you want God to bless you, you've got to bless God. He focuses on how God does want us to live in increase but not just financially (yet another part of the prosperity gospel). He contends God wants you to increase in your influence in the world by being a witness for Christ. God wants our family dynamic to increase. And yes, God does want you to be blessed. But there are requirements of us. The Bible says to give, and it will be given unto you. There is a condition there. The book deals with the conditions of increase and I enjoyed it very much.
How true it is that we live in a time where we want God to bless us and honor His Word yet we don't want to honor His Word or Him.
In Sarah Palin's book, she mentioned that we have a whole generation now that is addicted to self-esteem. It's the idea that they can't do anything wrong and if they have an opinion it not only should be heard but it's better than any that has been heard. It's the idea that there are no longer tee ball champions because we don't want there to be any losers. Everyone is a winner! And in doing this, we lose the most basic life principle: Life will knock you down, but those who are successful in this life have learned from the experience and progressed through failure to triumph. Scott does a great job of emphasizing this principle in the spiritual realm too. We shouldn't think God is just going to bless us bountifully and Satan is going to stand back and watch. He will fight those God is blessing and he will attempt to steal their destinies. Yet God is faithful and regardless of our own failures, His plans for us haven't changed.
Great book! Now on to my next one . . .