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I like some of what Edwene Gaines writes about although I do not agree with all her views on spirituality. But I have learned enough from her writings that I decided not to be bothered in areas where I disagree. I find her life story and spiritual journey though to be compelling.

Years before she became a notable speaker and minister, as a single mother Edwene Gaines was raising her daughter in abject poverty. Overwhelmed and terrified, she turned toward her faith for reassurance, sustenance, and finally for direction.

In the midst of her poverty, Edwene Gaines feeling hopeless decided to open her Bible and here is the passage she turned to, Malachi 3:10:

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.

What seemed impossible at the time, she did anyway. She gave 10% of every cent that came to her. Gaines herself began the journey into tithing by making a six-month commitment to follow through on such a task, even at a time in her life when she occasionally didn’t have enough money to feed her daughter or herself. She eloquently describes this venture as, "I went into business with God. And we were very successful." It wasn’t easy but she tithed for 6 months and has ever since then.

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