Christian’s Library Press Published Stewardship Book by Berghoef and DeKoster


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (April 22, 2013) — The Acton Institute and Christian’s Library Press have published Faithful In All God’s House: Stewardship and the Christian Life by Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster. The book was edited by Acton’s director of collaborative initiatives, Brett Elder.

Faithful In All God’s House is a revision of God’s Yardstick which was originally published in 1982. The book opens with this: “Stewardship is far more than the handling of our money. Stewardship is the handling of life, and time, and destiny.” Faithful In All God’s House helps explain how Christians can use all of their gifts, whether physical or immaterial, to further God’s kingdom. Berghoef and DeKoster remind us that Christians are the “visible testimony to the unity of the body of Christ” and “stewardship pursued cooperatively becomes visible sinew binding the universal church into objective unity.” This book is just over 100 pages and is excellent for personal use, church groups, or Bible studies. It is available as a soft cover for $8.00 or as an eBook for $5.99.

Dr. Sas Conradie, the coordinator of the Lausanne/World Evangelical Alliance Global Generosity Network, says:

‘Christian stewards, sacrificing themselves for the welfare of others, make visible individually the power of their faith.’ This is how Berghoef and DeKoster summarize their wonderful book that deals with issues that all Christians have questions about: wealth, poverty, giving, the welfare state, and how much to give, to name but a few. Faithful in All God’s House is a highly relevant book that should be on the shelf of ev­ery Christian leader and on the reading list of every theological course.

Gerard Berghoef (1926-2007) was a furniture manufacturing executive and also served as an elder in the Christian Reformed Church. Lester DeKoster (1916-2009) received his doctorate from University of Michigan and he was a tenured professor at Calvin College as well as director of the library at Calvin College and Seminary.

Founded in 1979 by Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster, Christian’s Library Press has been committed to publishing influential texts on church leadership, the vocation of work, and stewardship for more than 30 years. During that time Berghoef and DeKoster wrote significant works including The Deacons Handbook, The Elders Handbook, and God’s Yardstick, which still are in demand today. After the death of Lester DeKoster in 2009, the imprint is now administered by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. For more information about Christian’s Library Press, visit www.clpress.com.

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