Thinking Out Loud

September 23, 2011

The God Pocket: Intentional Generosity

I had watched this video a couple of times; but wasn’t sure I get where Bruce Wilkinson — no relation — was going with The God Pocket.  Was there some ancillary item called a “God Pocket” we would see in a bookstore display next to the book itself, or was he speaking figuratively?  The video had me confused and I didn’t get a review copy of the book, so I checked the publisher marketing:

God wants to put a face on giving – and the face he has in mind is not yours, but his. What if you could take something out of your pocket today that would make God wonderfully personal and absolutely real to someone who, only minutes earlier, had been secretly calling out to God for help, for an answer, for any shred of evidence that He cares?

Discover the incredible resource that’s small enough to fit in your wallet or purse, yet big enough to change someone’s life – starting with yours. In “The God Pocket,” Bruce Wilkinson tells you what that little something is, explains how to deliver God’s provision to someone in need, and shares how God is ready to reveal Himself through you.

The God Pocket Prayer
Dear God,
Today I ask to be sent to show Your love and deliver Your funds to the person You choose. I carry Your provision in my God Pocket, and I am ready and willing. I am Your servant, Lord. Whenever You nudge me, I will respond! Here am I – please send me!

So I realized he was talking about giving, and the God Pocket had to be some kind of ‘wrapper’ for a money gift which is a token of financial encouragement, which I suppose you could design or create yourself; but in the giving process, there would have been some advance preparation and prayer.

But at that point, I was still guessing.  There were no consumer reviews online for the hardcover from Multnomah with the full title: The God Pocket: He Owns It. You Carry It. Suddenly Everything Changes.

So it was time for some serious research, i.e. Google. One blogger mentioned that the concept of “the God pocket” is introduced in You Were Born for This:

One concept that was very inspiring was the God Pocket.  He encourages Christians to set aside an amount of money (maybe $20) that they always keep tucked away in the billfold or pocketbook.  That money is to be used in the lives of others as needs present themselves.  He told the story of feeling led to leave all $20 as a tip for a waitress.  She came to him before he left in tears explaining that she was a single parent and had prayed God would provide the money she needed for medicine for her ill child.

Another wrote about You Were Born…:

A buzzword he coined “God Pocket” blessed my socks off.  I have a tendency to be what is kindest to call “thoughtlessly generous”– generous without giving thought to if it is how the Lord would want me to give.  I’m a need meeter.  If I see a need, I have the funds/ability, I try to meet it.  I love to try to help meet needs.  However, just because there is a need, and just because I can meet it, doesn’t mean that I am the best one for it and it’s hard to know when/where/how.  His idea of  the “God Pocket” really encouraged me to become deliberate in preparing to meet needs rather than reacting to the needs in front of me.  I think it is what I’ll take from the book and use/value the longest.

So my guess wasn’t too far off.  My next step is to place a bill in a special part of my wallet so that I am prepared to do what Uncle Bruce — we might be related, Prayer of Jabez made a lot of money after all — recommends in terms of planned or intentional generosity. 

Or I could simply read the book and see how one might craft a short note that would accompany the gift.  I think it’s publishing mid October.


  1. I thought of something similar years ago, but didn’t have the foresight to write a book about it! I picked up a guy that needed a ride, and thought about having an envelope in the glove box with $20 and a gospel tract inside. I never actually put it together, but it’s the thought that counts right? I’ll look forward to the book; might be time to think about it again.

    I drove a pickup truck some years ago without a working fuel gauge. I kept a one gallon can of gas in the back just in case. More than once I was able to pull off on the side of the road and give my gallon to someone who needed more than I did right that minute.

    Comment by Clark — September 23, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    • I have no idea why that last comment links to My Other Blog. The Master’s Table is my religion/ theology blog, and this comment should link to it. Wow.

      Comment by Clark — September 23, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

      • I fixed the other comment. It’s like the other link never existed. What great power I now possess.

        Seriously, I like the glove box story; I think you should follow through with a great idea.

        Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 23, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  2. Hi Cousin Paul,

    Just read your comments…thought you might enjoy learning more about the God Pocket at our web site. We will be teaching God Pocket Seminars around the world for Dr. Wilkinson. We work in partnership with him as ministry consultants/creative people, and I am the creator of the original Agent Ready God Pocket Purse back in 2009. It is indeed a wonderful way to evangelize and meet the needs of those in who are in desperate straights (Proverbs 19:7, 1 Timothy 6:18, Isaiah 6:8 and Luke 10:33).

    Hope you become a God Pocket Partner soon! Our God Pocket Partner stories are in Chapter 6 of The God Pocket by “Uncle Bruce”, and begin on page 103 under GIVING MORE. It’s really a simple concept…He owns it. You carry it. Suddenly, everything changes! It’ll forever change your life, and the way you view others on a daily basis.

    Agent Ready to deliver!
    Jerry Turner –

    Comment by Jerry Turner — October 3, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    • After writing this, the Canadian distributor for Multnomah Books passed me a copy, which I finished in one sitting. Right now, there is a bill folded in half in a separate section of my wallet awaiting deployment! I think it’s a great concept, although I wish there was a way to avoid the 21st Century vagueness of “God” and replace it somehow with “Jesus.” I think many will want to identify which God it is they are referencing.

      Paul (no relation*) WIlkinson
      (* that we know of so far, we’re keeping all possibilities open!)

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 3, 2011 @ 9:23 am

      • Paul,

        That’s all it takes to be an Agent Ready to deliver! We did it that way for a long time. The God nudge will come and you’ll experience the God “thru Jesus” Pocket RUSH to RELATIONSHIP. Amen on your comments about Jesus…to Him be all the glory!!!


        Comment by Jerry Turner — October 3, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  3. This God Pocket idea is really amazing…to have money pre-assigned to be given to someone when you get that nudge from God. I’ve seen the responses, and it’s usually the person ending up in tears! That seems to confirm to me that God is at work….and He always gets the credit.

    Carrying a God Pocket in my pants pocket keeps me “on the look-out” and it makes giving fun!

    I highly suggest getting and reading The God Pocket book. Better yet, read Dr. Bruce’s book, YOU WERE BORN FOR THIS.

    You can purchase the actual God Pockets here:

    Comment by Britt Jones — October 29, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    • I clicked the link. Not sure who Jerry and Pammie are.

      I’d hate to think that people are capitalizing on this.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 29, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

      • Jerry and Pammie Turner are the one’s who came up with the God Pocket purse idea. (An actual leather pouch instead of a random bill in the pocket.) And no, they aren’t greedy people trying to capitalize on this. They actually GAVE the God Pocket pouch product, as well as the God Pocket website domain to Dr. Bruce to bless him. But nothing has been done with the pouch or domain from Dr. Bruce’s team yet. But as far as Jerry or Pammie go, you won’t find more sincere, Godly, giving people. Believe me. I know them personally!

        Comment by Britt Jones — October 29, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  4. I want to purchase God Pockets to give away. Where can I get them?

    Comment by Margaret Robertson — October 31, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    • Hi Margaret, we’re sold out right now. How many did you want to purchase…I could possibly place a special order if it’s a large quantity. Jerry Turner

      Comment by Jerry Turner — October 31, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

      • I would like to purchase 50 to start with. It also depends on the price. My budget is limited. But I would like to start my Sunday School class on this idea.

        Comment by Margaret Robertson — October 31, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

      • OK Margaret. They are $5 each plus shipping. I can have 50 brown leather style manufactured and drop-shipped to your address. It would be best if you would contact me via my email, so I can send you a sample picture, and how to easily pay via Credit Card online if you want to get started.

        Comment by Jerry Turner — October 31, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

      • Jerry: I can’t locate your e-mail address. Mine is

        Comment by Margaret Robertson — October 31, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  5. I would like to have a God Pocket. You said contact you and you can get some for us. My Name is Patricia McCallum I live at 1-46 Penetang Street Barrie, Ontario L4M1V6 Canada my phone is 705-718-5515 Please help me get started.

    Comment by Patricia McCallum — November 30, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

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