Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Book Review: The Other Side of the Wall


This month I plan to share some books that impacted me last year. 

It is rare that I finish a book and think "Everyone ought to read this book." But when I turned the last page of The Other Side of the Wall by Gary Miller, I wished I could hand the book to every Christian in America and beg them to read it.

The book begins with a call to North American believers to realize that our money is a gift from God and our responsibility to share it. After examining our motives for giving, Gary sounds a call for wise giving. He defines the difference between critical and chronic needs and bluntly shares how many times our giving can hurt those we aim to help.

Gary manages the SALT Microfinance program for Christian Aid Ministries so he has years of experience in working with the needy in developing countries. His book is well researched and gleans information from many others who are working with the poor.

It would be hard to pick a favorite but one of my favorite chapters in the book was "The Power of the Local Church." The vision Gary gives in this chapter is one that I wish for my church - and for myself.

The Other Side of the Wall is part of Gary Miller's Kingdom Focused Living Series - a series of books written to guide believers in a wise use of their resources. I haven't read them all (yet) but from what I have read, I highly recommend the entire series.

January is often a time of new resolutions - and often some of our goals are centered on the area of finances. If you want to be challenged in your finances, specifically in the area of giving, please read The Other Side of the Wall. 

The Other Side of the Wall is available from TGS International. 


  1. Hi Gina,

    Giving is a very important segment of our personal finances and is not one I take lightly. I sincerely put a significant amount of thought AND prayer into our areas of giving. Thank you for recommending this book. I look forward to reading it and gleaning additional wisdom from its pages.


  2. I think the Spirit is moving, not just in things Holy but trying to awaken His people to be that example of how we are to live our lives in simplicity and gratitude, giving and love. The past couple of years its been a struggle financially.. some due to events beyond our control.. while others sadly were done in "WANT WANT WANT". This year I can feel the LoRd getting firm.. THe world cannot take care of us and we need to stop acting like it will. ONLY JEHOVAH JIRAH CAN.


    Simply Jeannie

  3. Thank you for posting the information about the book, it looks like a really good one. We wish you and your family lots of blessings as you look forward to the arrival of your little one.

  4. Amen, on your review. This series of books have been a big blessing to us! God give you strength for the day!

  5. Sounds like a good one. I am going to have to track down a copy and read it.


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