Stuff & Soul – Mastering the Critical Connection


Have you ever wondered why the Bible has more verses on possession than any other topic? Have you ever wondered if there was a link between the stuff in your life and your eternal soul? Have you ever wondered what it means to be faithful and obey God when it comes to possessions? Stuff and Soul prophetically calls the church to recover the largely forgotten yet critical connection between how we use stuff and the formation and maturation of our souls for eternal rewards. In the Christian life, Jesus takes us on a journey which transforms us into people of love who exhibit generosity. Once you master the critical connection between stuff and soul, you will never be the same.



I have had the privilege of knowing Wes Willmer for many many years and the opportunity to work alongside him, as we both are passionate about helping Christians understand and use money in the way that God intended. Scripture is certainly full of biblical wisdom principles when it comes to money and money management. I have for many years taught something called the paradox of prosperity which is very simply the more stuff you have the more difficult life becomes. You now have more and more choices to make. Poverty is not the answer to that paradox but faith is. How we view money is certainly a matter that greatly affects our souls. Thanks to Wes for writing this book. It will be another of his major contributions to the faith.

Ron Blue, entrepreneur, author, and speaker

Jesus Christ wants us to be liberated from the greed for money that ultimately entangles and enslaves us, leading us to commit the sin of idolatry. For the past forty years, the Holy Spirit has been employing Wes Willmer powerfully to give true freedom to those who humbly submit themselves to the principle of stewardship and the cause of the Kingdom. This book is a must-read for all Christians who are striving to materialize the Kingdom values in their daily lives.

Sung Wook Chung, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Theology, Denver Seminary, and President, Kurios International

Well before he and I served together, I knew of Wes Willmer and his significant contribution to the church on issues of biblical generosity and stewardship. His ability to write with mind and heart— intellectually and spiritually— on matters of importance to Christians has always been a characteristic of Wes and appreciated by many. I believe you’ll find this to be true of Stuff and Soul as well.

Barry H. Corey, Ph.D., President of Biola University and author of Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue.

God placed us in charge of the Earth and its contents. As believers of Christ, we must recognize our steward responsibilities by relying on the Holy Spirit to posture our hearts to live generously. In this book, Willmer (and Hogan) demonstrate this point and provide practical application of what this means personally, in the raising of children, and in the faithful overseeing of churches. As explained, giving generously of time, talents, and treasure is a spiritual discipline that allows us to know God and His goodness more fully. This book outlines the integral nature of our soul and the stuff God provides for us. This is not a taboo topic to avoid in the church, but rather a necessary discipleship opportunity in the spiritual maturing of believers.

–  John C. Van Drunen, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church



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Many of us in the Majority World have gratefully experienced the generosity of our sisters and brothers in the West. This book will enrich the global church by showing that stewardship and generosity are not to be confined to a certain culture but are characteristics of an authentic Christian lifestyle. R. Scott Rodin has done a marvelous job by weaving in biblical and theological truth with real-life stories from around the world. I do hope that this book will become required reading for theology students who are preparing to serve God’s kingdom.
Reverend Riad Kassis, PhD; International Director, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education; Director of Langham Scholars, Langham Partnership
Our God in love created space for humans and the world to exist as a dependent reality upon Him. As humans we are interdependent upon one another and on God’s beautiful creation. God is not a demander, but a giver. We are His guests and recipients of divine provision. The word of God was the chief actor in all that was created (John 1:3). However, when the word became flesh, we crucified Him (John 1:11–14). We were not at all hospitable to the One who is our ultimate Host. Aren’t we human beings constantly building walls, shutting people out, slamming our front door in the face of other people and other creatures? We treat creation as an object to dominate. In our consumer-driven culture, things are valued for their usefulness to humanity rather than for what they are as creations of God. This book reminds us that being generous is the very purpose of our creation and redemption in Christ.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell; General Secretary, Evangelical Fellowship of India; General Secretary, Asia Evangelical Alliance
I can highly recommend this book for all people who want to know the heart of God – this is expressed best in generosity. He loved, so He gave!
Peter J. Briscoe; European Director, Compass – Finances God’s Way
The publishing of Christ-Centered Generosity is timely, and it is a must-read book for any Christian that desires to grow in stewardship. It offers sound biblical understanding on acquisition and distribution of wealth. The book is relevant to Africa’s situation today. It is true that Christianity is growing in Africa; unfortunately, giving to missions is not commensurate to the enormous mission opportunities. Christ-Centered Generosity will set the reader free from the tyranny of materialistic tendency that does not satisfy but robs one of the joy of living. Understanding the message of Christ-Centered Generosity will liberate and help the reader to look upon the “things” above.
Dr. Duro Ayanrinola; General Secretary, All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF)
Just imagine the global and eternal impact if God’s people, instead of hoarding His blessings and resources, would release them and invest them for a global mission! This volume provides both biblical truth and testimonial inspiration that help give us a glimpse into what happens when God’s people live out biblical generosity.
Dr. Michael Young-Suk Oh; Executive Director/CEO, The Lausanne Movement
A pastor friend from Singapore once told me that during the remarkable growth among Christians there in the 1980s, his church taught new converts four things within four weeks of discipling: how to read the Bible, how to pray, how to share their new faith, and how to give. Generous giving was seen as integral to biblical discipleship, and so it was taught from the very beginning. Generosity is of course a response to grace and an overflow of gratitude. But it is also a matter of obedience (in both Old and New Testaments) and a matter of justice (not charity), as we see in Deuteronomy 15. I commend this book for combining biblical principles with practical examples and for helping us to see that this is not just about “the West funding the rest,” but of a mutual and reciprocal duty and joy by which the whole church can be blessed, and the world can come to know the greatest gift of all. 
Christopher J. H. Wright; International Director, Langham Partnership; Author of The Mission of God
From the first pages of the introduction to the last pages of the Seven-Day Generosity Challenge, this work teaches and illustrates, by principle and example, that generosity is not what we do but who we are. Filled with stories from all over the world—of much and little, young and old, rich and poor environments—the examples of joyful obedience and the immeasurable blessings that follow serve to encourage and motivate the Christian reader to greater acts of generosity: the manifestation of a transformed life.
Robert C. Doll; Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC
For one to begin to appreciate the great changes that could impact so many lives—giving them hope and relief in the mess of a world where poverty and ignorance reign—could be possible only through the intentional application of biblical Christ-centered generosity, which is very clearly communicated in this insightful book. Thank for such a book. I very highly commend this book, which challenges believers to respond to very clear, christo-apostolic admonitions about generosity.
Rev. Dr. Steve Asante; Immediate Past President, Ghana Baptist Convention