Customer Reviews: God Wants You to Be Rich: How and Why Everyone Can Enjoy Material and Spiritual Wealth in Our Abundant World
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on February 2, 2001
Wonderful book and he's a terrific speaker, humorous and serious at the same time. This book does NOT promote the "love" of money but it explains why you shouldn't feel guilty because you are prosperous. The Bible promotes prosperity as well as helping others. Plus, being rich doesn't just mean having a lot of money. this book talks about being rich in all aspects of life. It's the "love" of money that is evil just like the "love" of food is what makes us fat. Does that mean that food is bad? Get this book and read'll gain new understanding of wealth.
Read this book, it will show you how being prosperous only benefits everything and everybody. It only makes sense. Poor people can't help poor people. Higher income areas of our country have the higher paid teachers and the best schools and the best SAT scores. That's only one example. Great book and besides that, Pilzer is a really great guy.
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VINE VOICEon December 9, 2001
The title is a bit misleading, but it's one of the finest books on money you'll ever read. Some of the negative reviews on this book have evidently been from those who read the title but not the book. It does NOT teach or perpetuate the belief that everyone is supposed to be wealthy if they're a Christian.
What it DOES do is give the average person a GREAT explanation for why things are they way they are and why many economic changes are misunderstood simply because people don't look at a big enough picture. (For instance, a machine takes the place of three workers causing them to lose their jobs...bad news? No, because when those 3 workers find new jobs, the GNP goes up. A simplistic summary of one of Pilzer's examples, but you've really got to read it to appreciate it.)
Also, he gives EXCELLENT suggestions for everything from our school system to transporation to healthcare to communications, etc.
An absolute WONDERFUL book about how our physical resources are truly UNLIMITED and that the only "lack" we have is the lack of appropriation.
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on July 2, 1998
The book basically takes you through the history of the US economy and economic thinking at various stages through our history. Mr. Pilzer points out that consumers never become satisfied as was predicted in the 30's and 40's. Advancing technology always stays one step ahead of man and provides him with new and improved products which may be considered a luxury at first but will quickly become a necessity in our ever changing society. He also points out very effectively that technology is changing our society at an ever increasing rate. This is forcing us to abandon the practice of working for the same company for an entire lifetime. Changes in technology are constantly creating new industries which forces us to acquire new skills to remain employed.
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on December 26, 1998
The author used examples to show me a different perspective of how money is moved. Everyone knows how money is spent but to know how money is moved through our new world economy will allow me to properly maneuver my business. Mr. Pilzer also uses examples of spending money to improve our government, education and country. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to be educated about money and how spending it can change the direction of our country.
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on August 12, 1998
Paul Zane Pilzer lays out a moral defense of why everyone should aim to become wealthy without feeling guilty. And in fact, he challenges us to forget that 1970's mentality of scarcity and look at the future of abundance. Read it to prepare for the 21st century.
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on September 4, 2002
After reading Paul Zane Pilzer's first book, "Unlimited Wealth", I was anxious to read this one. And since I'm a Christian, and the author is Jewish, he comes from the Old Testiment's perspective that during the time of Abraham, God promised him wealth. This well written book helps to explain the theology of economics in today's society. As also stated in "Unlimted Wealth", we have an endless supply of resources. And where one technology fades away, another one takes its place. Two good examples are how CD's have replaced vinyl records and how fuel injectors have mostly replaced carberators in automobiles. We are given the premise all things come from God, and we have at our disposal new technolgies which have the potential to increase our wealth and quality of life. There is a very extensive bibliography with excellent support for the arguments in this book. Finally, we now know that being rich isn't evil or a sin. In the final analysis, it's how we use our wealth that counts. For it is indeed the "love" of money that is the root of evil. An excellent book. I highly recommend it.
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on July 31, 2009
Pilzer argues that the world was designed as a super-abundant place, with technology as the engine that delivers the greatest benefits to the greatest numbers. To support this thesis, Pilzer cited, inter alia, the fact that since 1750 the gross world output has increased more than 1700 times whilst population has increased only 6 X.Given its aim to find the most equitable distribution of scarce resources, it is no wonder that economics was given the title of the "dismal science". But economists take little account of 2 factors that are in fact central to its understanding: people, who have limitless creativity to create new products and services that makes life better, and technology, enabling us to produce things with greater ease and at lower cost. Industrial competition forces ever increasing technological replacement to produce the best, cheapest products for the consumers, a process that economist Joseph Schumpeter called "creative destruction". Pilzer describes this process as "the grease that keeps the wheels of prosperity in motion".
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on July 24, 2001
The previous reviewer says that, boiled down to its essence, Pilzer claims that if you aren't rich, you will go to Hell. Not quite. He states that if you are rich, you won't be condemed to Hell. In this book, he explains how and why people for thousands of years thought that there were finite resources, and that in order to increase your wealth, you had to take from someone else. Under this theory, it is reasonable to argue that G-d wants you to be poor. However, he presents a rational theory which he first explained in his earlier book, Unlimited Wealth - his theory of Economic Alchemy. From that he shows how wealth is only limited by human ingenuity, which is essentially unlimited. It follows that with unlimited wealth being available, it is possible to become rich without taking the wealth from someone else. In fact, he demonstrates in his book, how by becoming wealthly, you provide a benefit to society, improving not just your own standard of living, but the standard of living of others as well; it is only by improving the lives of others that you can obtain lasting riches - both monetary and non-monetary.
In short, he explains that while being poor is no great sin, neither is being rich.
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on September 3, 1999
The economics that I learned in Business School was a confused science. It could not explain even the simpelest of phoenomena. The reason was that its very definition was "the ways in which a society allocates scarce resources." What if there were no such thing as a scarce resource?
Pilzer proves that there is not. His logic is simple and elegant. I am amazed that there is a review posted here that said he found the book confusing and the theories lacking real application. Maybe the reader was holding his copy of the book upside down. I would recommend turning it over and trying again. I introduced God Wants You to be Rich to my book club and everyone absolutely loved it!
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on July 30, 2012
It was Eban Pagan who I first heard interviewed that said he made millions of dollars "because I deserve it." I was blown away by this. Many of us grew up hearing about the evils of money and a little scripture twisting to remark that "Money is the root of all evil" (the correct phrase is "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.")

The strongest drive in a person's life is their need to be consistent with their identity. The truth is there is nothing evil about money and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be rich (the problem is in wanting to dominate another person). However, for some people they have taken the identity that they are undeserving or worse, God wants them to be poor.

As Pilzer shares gloriously there is no limit to the wealth we can create, and as the water level raises it raises for everyone. The only thing that limits our ability is our vision.

For instance, in the 1980's vinyl records were a 25 BILLION dollar business. Who could have seen that in four short years vinyl records would essentially be a thing of the past?

Yet for those with vision (cassettes and later CDs and later MP3s), the end of records was not THE end, but was a beginning for something more as long as someone found the technology.

Nobody had to divide scarce resources, instead wealth was created from something that previously didn't exist. What lies inside of you waited to be created, what is something invisible (your dream) that you can make visible? More than that how much more could you accomplish if you not only read but BELIEVED God was on your side and agreed that you DESERVE success? Careful, Pilzer might give you a whole new identity when it comes to relating to money!
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