What would you do? In 2012, Hobby Lobby faced a critical, company-ending decision. They could either face fines of $1.3 million per day or provide abortion-inducing prescriptions as part of Obamacare. The latter option was against the religious and moral views of David and his family.
In Giving it All Away and Getting it All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously (Zondervan 2017), David Green recounts his US Supreme Court struggle. He tells how his family chose to stand by what they believed, knowing it might cost them the company. Their journey of faith took them to the edge: few people realize that in the trials leading up to the Supreme Court case, it took a full panel of judges (something rarely done) in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to grant Hobby Lobby’s victory. Moreover, the decision came just four days before their $1.3 million-per-day fines kicked in.
Beyond their court case, David tells the story of the work of God in his family’s life. David recounts the story of his mother, Marie Green, and her legacy of faith. He also shares his own journey of faith—of starting a business with $600, nearly losing the business in the mid-1980s, and steadily growing the business thereafter.
More importantly, David challenges families to consider the power of their own family legacy and shares how they can think multi-generationally. He writes about how wealth is far more than money and about the power of living generously. He shares personal and practical stories of his own growth in generosity and the impact giving has had on his family.
This is a different kind of book written by a man that many consider one of the most influential Christian business owners in the country. I was privileged to be a co-author with David on this book. Would you help us share the power of family, of legacy and of living generously? You can now pre-order a copy at Amazon by clicking here.
If you haven’t picked up your copy of David Green’s new book, here’s a quick snapshot. David was a pastor’s kid—one of six kids. His father pastored small churches, so their income was always meager. But his parents left him a great legacy of faith and giving.
For years, David considered himself the blacksheep of the family. His other siblings either became pastors or pastors’ wives, but he went into business. However, God blessed David’s path too. Today, Hobby Lobby has more than 700 stores, 35,000 employees and over $4 billion in sales while paying more than $15.00 per hour minimum wage.
The church has traditionally taught people to give 10%—a tithe.
Yet in the New Testament, Jesus said to give as you’ve been blessed: “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6.38
The IRS allows an individual to deduct up to 50% of their adjusted gross income each year. The IRS also allows an individual to deduct 30% of their adjusted gross income using non-cash assets.
As we consider our giving, it's wise to consider the full opportunity. The tithe is often a beginning point for generosity.