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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601424779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601424778
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Q&A with Chad Hovind

Q. Welcome Chad Hovind, author of Godonomics. Chad, you set out to uncover what the Bible has to say about economics. Briefly, what did you discover?

A. God laid out powerfully practical principles in the Bible that taught people how to live in a free society: Property rights, incentive, liberty. The history of the world shows how these principles articulated in the Bible unleashed a wave of liberty, productivity, and generosity that turned the Roman Empire upside-down, unleashed free enterprise, and established America’s founding principles. Most of us have been brainwashed (unintentionally perhaps) into thinking that socialism = generosity, while capitalism = greed. History shows the opposite. Societies that embraced Socialism were almost always atheistic and oppressive while free enterprise societies were the most generous in human history. When folks think Christianity endorses Socialism, I wonder if they’ve ever read the Bible or studied history. In the words of Inigo Montoya from Princess Bride, “I do not think Socialism means what you think it means.”

Q. You write that free-market capitalism, which has produced history’s highest standard of living, is upheld in Scripture. Can you explain how capitalism is God’s idea?

A. Capitalism is the free exchange of privately held goods and services. The Ten Commandments talk about private property 20% of the time and liberty is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation: “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” and “Proclaim Liberty unto all the land.” Free exchange plays to both personal incentive while requiring an others-focused approach. In order for me to profit, I must put the buyer’s needs first and offer them a quality and price that they would freely choose to engage in. Proverbs 31 summarizes it this way: A business woman produces, she profits, and she gives money to the poor. The Bible mentions that she “discerned her merchandise was good” because in order for her to profit (the fruit of her hands), she had to offer a product (merchandise) that others wanted and needed. Adam Smith, the founder of modern capitalism and a moral philosopher who wrote The Weath of Nations¸ believed that morality was the key to capitalism. He wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments to show the moral connection to capitalism.

Q. You ask the question, “What would God say to America’s founders?” How does this answer show that not all economic systems are equal?

A. In a world of donkeys, elephants, and rhinos, God offers the voice of a lion. He roars timeless principles that are common sense. Do not spend more than you make. Do not spend tomorrow’s money today. Don’t trade liberty for perceived security. Do not steal. Do not elect politicians to do your stealing for you. The foundation of our country was built on a theistic worldview. The Declaration of Independence connects the dots between freedom and God with the worlds, “We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Individuals loan the powers given to us by God to governments to secure personal rights. Socialism thinks individuals serve the State while free enterprise endorses a limited government with checks and balances because we are skeptical about collective power. Capitalism also teaches that the State serves the individual. C.S. Lewis said it best, “Again, Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live forever… If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilization, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of the state or civilization, compared with his, is only a moment.”

Q. What does Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, have to teach us about profit and its ability to change an entire national economy?

A. After his book Wealth of Nations was published and its principles took hold, wages quadrupled in the next 50 years, and then quadrupled again over the next 50. Every society that has leaned into free enterprise has prospered and benefited the poor and needy. Profits are good. They are not a four letter word. They are the incentive for work. The Bible describes work as a gift from God. One of the many reasons we work is for the incentive of what the Bible calls, “The fruit of our labor.” The Bible tells us that “if we don’t work, we shouldn’t eat,” and that we should “work for our own bread.” This is true in parenting as well. Children who lack reward and discipline are not incentivized to work. This attitude of entitlement cripples them from having a successful future. When we celebrate profits which are made by prioritizing other’s needs, everyone wins. When we demonize profits, should we be surprised at a culture that embraces sloth and laziness. A society that punishes the ant for storing up food in the summer for winter by rewarding the sloth who went sun bathing is destined to fail.

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Praise for Godonomics

“Godonomics is a thoughtful critique of the theories that control the world of commerce and shape the lives of men and nations. Chad Hovind challenges us to reassess doing business as usual.”
—Dr. Peter A. Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

“Chad Hovind offers a creative and compelling case for the constitutional framework for government. He also provides practical financial principles that will help you make wise decisions with your money.”
—Shane F. Krauser, author of Your Nation to Save, director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education 

“A truly brilliant breakdown of what the Bible says about the economy. Godonomics touches on everything from profit and charity to capitalism and taxes. Everyone should get a copy.”
—Governor Mike Huckabee, host of television’s “Huckabee” 

Godonomics is an incredible comparison of biblical economics and the culture. A real eye-opener.”
—Josh D. McDowell, popular speaker, coauthor of Undaunted and The Unshakable Truth

“Simple enough to teach kids but researched enough for The Wall Street Journal. Godonomics is the truth project of economics.”
—Bob McEwen, former six-term member of Congress and popular lecturer on free-market economics

“Chad Hovind brings a reasonable voice to the convinced and the unconvinced. Godonomics applies God’s wisdom on economics both to individuals and nations. You will learn about the Bible’s prescription to secure our nation’s future economic health.”
—David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders

Godonomics helps us understand economics by taking us back to the source and the reason for our wealth: God Himself. You will come away understanding money and God better, and understanding better why money makes such a lousy god.”
—R. C. Sproul, Jr., author of Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide to Our Daily Bread

“Chad Hovind is sharp, bold, courageous, and he gets it. Godonomics is superbly done.”
—Jim Garlow, author of How God Saved Civilization, lead pastor of Skyline Church, San Diego

“Using God’s Word regarding financial principles, you can now be bold in speaking out against false teachings. Your entire family will learn from this important book.” 
—Mark Whitacre, PhD, president of operations and COO of Cypress Systems, Inc.

Godonomics is thought-provoking, courageous, and relevant. Pastor Hovind, in this brilliant work, causes us to remember that ‘In God We Trust’.”
—Reverend C. L. Bryant, former NAACP chapter president, FreedomWorks fellow, creator of the documentary film Runaway Slave

“Chad Hovind reveals how the Bible supports free enterprise and entrepreneurship. You’ll laugh and learn as he weaves together biblical history, philosophy, and a passion for business with references to Adam Smith, C. S. Lewis, Milton Friedman, and even Steve Martin.”
—Glenn Beck, host of The Glenn Beck Program, author of Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say

“Godonomics
reveals an approach to money and our country that is common sense, not just another attempt to politicize the gospel. Unlike Christian leaders who use biblical knowledge to advance political agendas, Chad Hovind is politically aware but biblically motivated. The Kingdom-first approach is evident.”
—Jerry Robinson, economist, author of Bankruptcy of Our Nation, radio host of Follow the Money (FTM)
 


More About the Author

Chad Hovind is an educator, dynamic business communicator, marriage instructor, and creative teacher. He is author of Godonomics: The Biblical case for free market capitalism and Fast Track Bible; a creative, fast-paced summary of the entire Bible. Chad's been a featured speaker at Glenn Beck's Restoring Love, Patriot Events, the 9-12 Project, and pastor's training events with Congressman Bob McEwen and David Barton.

Chad graduated from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago, majoring in pastoral ministry as well as communication (radio/television). His creativity and passion can be seen in many forms: leading teams, motivational speaking, expository teaching, and experience as an actor, director, magician, and video producer. He has served as pastor at three high-impact mega churches within the Willowcreek Association.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Old Ben and Lao Ming on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Review based on an Advance Reading Copy.

In Godonomics, church pastor Chad Hovind charts the brave waters navigating the choppy subjects of economics, politics, and religion - all at the same time. As someone trained as an economist, my interest was quite piqued when I heard about this project and lucky me, a dear friend obtained an advance copy!

Godonomics is divided into sections based on what God would say if he were to talk to various people. Adam Smith, Alan Greenspan, John Maynard Keynes, FDR and the IRS are some of the people to whom the writings are addressed.

So what would God say to Chad Hovind about Godonomics? As a fellow believer, I will say first off that I believe Hovind comes to mostly correct conclusions. I feel his theology is sound and that he gets to the main issue of debt and spending - the sin that flows from the human heart. Particularly graceful handlings in the book include his explanations of several ancient Jewish economic practices and the question of their application today. He also does a great job addressing several distortions of the Gospel that tie socialism to Jesus' mission and message. And though I would strongly disagree on some of the finer points of his economic theory, the two roads we take end at the same place: Both our country and we as individuals have an overspending problem that originates in the heart and we need to allow Jesus to fix it.

That being said, I admit disappointment that he is relying on outdated and heterodox economic theory to advance God's will for our economy. Even if he comes to the right conclusions - which I believe he (mostly) does - it cheapens the message.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Chandler on July 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a Dave Ramsey fan, however, I learned more of "how" and "why" this world is the way it is from Godonomics. Chad clearly did his research and communicated it in such a way that is makes clear sense. EVERYONE should read this book. EVERYONE - what are you waiting for? I wish it were on audible so I could listen to it in my 2 hour drive to/from work over and over. The book is filled with nuggets of wisdom.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. Halloran on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In Godonomics: How to Save Our Country and Protect Your Wallet Through Biblical Principles of Finance, Chad Hovind presents a case for economics God's way, as the title would suggest. He hopes the book will "create a new context to think, dialogue, and reason together as fellow Americans, rather than raise issues that will be used to demonize each other" (xiii).

Hovind writes with Scripture as his shaping force and analyzes economic issues such as budgeting, planning, work, profit, capitalism vs. socialism/communism from a roundabout way: starting with "what God would say to" a certain influential leader such as Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, Jim Wallis, Alan Greenspan, and more.

Godonomics presents a clear case for how God's principles apply to government and personal finances that are understandable for the economist and non-economist alike. His writing style is clear and very readable, explaining economic principles through explaining biblical principles through clear illustrations, historical figures, personal stories, quoting economists and thinkers like Milton Friedman, Arthur Brooks, and C.S. Lewis, and even lacing in references from The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Monty Python, and Saturday Night Live.

One thing I appreciated about Hovind's approach is that it dealt with Scripture as the foundation and engaged with sound economic theory and historical examples. This approach is a breath of fresh air for a few of reasons.

(1) People today don't like to mix Christianity and Politics. But Hovind correctly realizes that if Jesus is Lord of all and Scripture speaks to all of life--that has big implications for our current political and economic issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Thronson on July 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Godonomics is not just a biblical expose on financial stewardship; it is a practical and enlightening discourse on the state of a Nation that is blind sighted to its true economic condition. This Nation was founded upon Christian principles; that some how we have ignored to apply in today post-modern, post-biblical culture. Chad Hovind marries financial wisdom with the practical wisdom presented throughout the bible. This book is practical for the casual reader, and yet written in such a scholarly way that is acceptable for use as a text book in any economic class secular or in seminary. This is a book I will keep in my library and refer to again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Whitacre on July 18, 2013
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"Godonomics" by Chad Hovind is a MUST read!! It is the first book that I have ever read that hits head-on about real life, practical issues about economics (both macro and micro, and also both personal and the economy) and what God says about about the economy and what we should be doing about it. I am having our adult children read it next!! It will change the way you manage your money, and what God says about money, finances and economy.

I can't imagine this book not being a NY Times Best Seller. Best book that I have read in 2013!!

Mark Whitacre
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