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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Christian's Library Press (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938948181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938948183
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In the closing statements of Economic Shalom: A Reformed Primer on Faith, Work, and Human Flourishing, John Bolt sets forth the goal he has achieved with this volume, “I have put forth an unapologetic affirmation of a free-market economy set with in a liberal democratic polity.” If that statement sounds confusing to you then you’re not alone. I struggled through this volume which addressed such issues as Economics, Morality, Stewardship, Capital, and Consumerism. Topics that do not get much thought among the general landscape of Reformed theology.

In the opening chapter Bolt comes to a definition of Economics that rears itself throughout the rest of the book. Bolt defines Economics as, “that practical and moral scientific study of the one aspect or dimension of human behavior that involves stewardly exchanging, by free moral agents, scarce things of value for the sake of profit.” I admit after reading that statement several times I still don’t understand fully the idea behind Economics. Bolt goes on to develop this definition and the principles that govern human flourishing which leads the reader to a clear understanding of the topic at hand by the time the epilogue is reached.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing chapters in the volume is chapter 3 titled, It Takes a Village. In this portion John Bolt lays out a biblical suggestion to Flourishing Life in Human Society. I find this chapter most helpful because of the vocation I find myself in and the family I am helping to flourish. John bolt points us to God’s law in helping to guide the readers on a path to flourishing. “We can make it rather simple by saying that flourishing comes from heeding God’s laws. The so-called ‘second table of the law’ –commandments five through ten- are a good place to start.
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