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Managing God's Money: A Biblical Guide Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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1. This book makes sure the proper foundation is laid for good financial planning. That foundation, of course, is our understanding that nothing we have is ours. Our money is really God's money. As such, we need to understand how we should handle what the Master has entrusted to his stewards. This book helps you get that mindset firmly rooted in Scripture.
2. Alcorn offers some very challenging words throughout the book on fighting against our culture of materialism. He cleverly calls materialism the disease of "affluenza".
3. I particularly liked the back of the book, which provided some common sense answers to questions about debt, retirement funds, investing, and leaving an inheritance. I thought his words on giving money now compared to leaving it to good causes when we die provided a good challenge and great clarity.
4. There's been a response recently to materialism within some Christian circles that has to do with creating a simple lifestyle. Randy provides a great distinction between a simple lifestyle and a strategic one:
"Simple living may be self-centered. Strategic living is Kindgom-centered."
"If I'm devoted to "simple living," I may reject a computer because it's modern and nonessential. But if I live a strategic lifestyle, the computer may serve as a tool for Kingdom purposes.Read more ›
I have read many books by Christian authors on handling money. I felt prompted to read this book, but I asked, "Why?" We've read Larry Burkett, we did the Dave Ramsey course, and even a small-group study by Crown Financial Ministries, why did I feel like I should read another book? I pulled up the book on Amazon.com and looked at the table of contents (using the "Look Inside" feature). That right there motivated me to pick up the book. Think of this as a "prequel" to Dave Ramsey, Larry Burkett, and the others. It deals with a heart focus more comprehensively. The book answers questions that I have wrestled with even after going through other courses.
The table of contents really is helpful in knowing what the book contains. The book is divided into 6 sections. Under each chapter title lists a set of questions that the particular chapter tackles. Such as Chapter 1: Are we faithful in how we handle money?Read more ›
The book consists of six sections: 1) Money and possessions in the Bible, 2), Perspectives that hinder biblical money management, 3) Stewardship in light of eternity, 4) Giving and sharing, 5) Wisdom and money, and 6) Training our children (and churches) about biblical money management.
One part I appreciated was Alcorn's discussion of materialism. He writes about the materialistic aspect of Western culture, how it affects all of us, and how we can fight it. Alcorn also rightly criticizes the prosperity gospel: "Prosperity theology is like chocolate-covered rat poison." He mentions the suffering Christians are often called to and also explains that God often gives his people wealth so they can give it to others who need it. Alcorn gives a great quote by Augustine: "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others."
One part of this book I wasn't completely convinced by was Alcorn's discussion of rewards in chapter 11.Read more ›
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Great book on the subject of money management based on God's Word. Enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about what God has to say about how we spend our... Read morePublished 28 days ago by CESAR HERNANDEZ
Outstanding, scripture-based message that demands a response! I probably have 7 or 8 books on getting rid of stuff. I now have the impetus to let go! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tikvah
This book gives dangerous and harmful advice to the people who read it. Honestly, after reading this book I can understand why almost 70 million Americans of the United States are... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jon Wong
Great book! Used it to lead a study for my men's group. Really challenging and pushes you to separate biblical truth from worldly wisdom on financial issues. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Holand
Sound biblical advise for all ages on how to manage those financial assets that the Lord has blessed you with.Published 7 months ago by Heaven Bound Thanks to Jesus Christ