Welcome to Day 10 of our 30 day celebration of the 5th Anniversary of
Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing, by Paula Langguth Ryan – where we’re answering 30 questions about tithing!

Hi Paula,

I am seriously, after reading your book, wanting to tithe the divine way, so I am taking one tenth of my gross income out of paycheck. Out of this I purchased some items off your website that do feed my spirit, I felt spiritual in this, however you also mentioned that if you buy an item like music, then send the artist  a tithe if it fed my spirit. Am I doing this right? –Marybeth

Hi Marybeth!

I can see how that might have been a little confusing! Let’s see if this clears up things a bit…. When you give and you get nothing in return for giving, and are giving simply to say thank you, that is a tithe, no matter where you give it. When you give and you derive a gift from it, that is a gift to yourself and to the others you are “buying” from… does that make sense? If it’s something you’re purchasing, unless you’re buying it to gift to another, it’s usually not a tithe… Hope that helps!

Peace and prosperity,

Paula Langguth Ryan

Spiritually fed by my work? Tithes and offerings are gratefully accepted and passed on to do additional good work in this world. You can easily tithe online by sending a tax-deductible tithe via paypal to my ministry at The Village Gathering. Just send it to tammie@artofabundance.com; or if you prefer to send your gift via mail:

Paula Langguth Ryan
The Village Gathering
1121 Annapolis Road, Suite 120
Odenton, MD 21113

Please remember our work in your legacy as well – or when you’re doing your tax planning! When making donations of appreciated stocks, property, and other large items, please list the recipient as The Village Gathering. Many thanks and richest blessings, as my colleague Rev. Catherine Ponder would say!