March 2020 Resource

The Genius of Generosity: Generous Living is Joyful Living
The Genius of Generosity: Generous Living is Joyful Living


Chip Ingram


Giving Company, Alpharetta, GA

Book Review By:

Melvin Amerson

Premise of the book:
Becoming a good steward and a generous giver can be developed and cultivated through spiritually mentored relationships and scripture.

What this book does:
Better Together is an excellent resource on church mergers. The authors with their extensive experience, study and research have produced an exceptional guide for clergy and laity who are exploring a need or interest in merging with a church or churches. They share common challenges and issues with most mergers, along with developing strategies, and the exploration of various merger models.


Chapter 1 Why It’s Genius to Be Generous
Chapter 2 The Principle with Secret Power
Chapter 3 Why God Prospers Generous People
Chapter 4 How God Measures Generosity
A Final Thought
A Summary of Bright Ideas

What are some important insights:
Throughout this resource the author shares stories of how generosity is nurtured, cultivated, developed or influenced in individuals. Intentional mentoring is an awesome way to influence and encourage generosity and stewardship of resources. The author’s Summary of Bright Ideas is a great highlight of the importance and blessings of generous living.

Possibilities as a resource for churches:
This is a great resource to share with persons who are new to the Christian faith or want to grow in their personal generosity.

Melvin Amerson

Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Representative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering, Fruit for Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, as well as several articles covering topics from generosity, leadership and visioning. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and is a nationally-recognized generosity consultant known for his engaging presentations.

Melvin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.