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Money and things--the more we have, the more we want. Of course, we all know that "More" is a game that can't be won. No matter how much we get, it's never enough. But deep down inside, part of us clings to the hope that the next time will be different--with a little bit more we'll be happier. So we keep up the pursuit. Fortunately, there's a better way to manage our money and our lives: Turn toward home.

Just as the prodigal son wandered from home and squandered his inheritance, so have many of us wandered from the financial home God prepared for us. In this inspiring and instructive book, financial writer and speaker Matt Bell helps you redirect your use of money to meet your deepest longings--to turn toward the life God intends for you.

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Money and things—the more we have, the more we want. Of course, we all know that “More” is a game that can’t be won. No matter how much we get, it’s never enough. But deep down inside, part of us clings to the hope that the next time will be different—with a little bit more we’ll be happier. So we keep up the pursuit. Fortunately, there’s a better way to manage our money and our lives: Turn toward home.

Just as the prodigal son wandered from home and squandered his inheritance, so have many of us wandered from the financial home God prepared for us. In this inspiring and instructive book, financial writer and speaker Matt Bell helps you redirect your use of money to meet your deepest longings—to turn toward the life God intends for you.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600062792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600062797
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt began his career as a radio journalist, with his work featured on National Public Radio, the NBC Radio Network, and several other networks. His reporting earned national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and United Press International.

Today, Matt is a full-time personal finance writer and speaker. He serves as Associate Editor at Sound Mind Investing, America's best-selling investment newsletter written from a biblical perspective. Matt is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress: "Money, Purpose, Joy" (September 2008), "Money Strategies for Tough Times" (April 2009), and "Money & Marriage" (March 2011). Matt has been featured in many media outlets, including USA TODAY, U.S. News and World Report, the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV and several nationally syndicated radio talk shows.

Matt holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University, where he wrote a thesis about the emergence of America's consumer culture and its influence on people's beliefs and behaviors.

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Matt Bell's book, "Money, Purpose, Joy" is one of those rare books on stewardship that should be read by those that are struggling, those that are succeeding and those that are stuck somewhere in between. The book covers both the Biblical basis of understanding personal financial integrity and also launches into proven financial disciplines that will work.

Matt introduces some new terminology that is extremely helpful in providing examples and contrasts of personality types and attitudes towards spending, saving and building. His own testimony as a "Prodigal Son" is inspiring and is a great reminder that we can embrace a new vision to use money in ways that bring freedom and joy.

As a Pastor that enjoys teaching stewardship, I have a new favorite book.
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As somebody who teaches financial planning workshops on a regular basis, I really appreciated how instead of simply mentioning tips for budgeting, getting out of debt, investing, etc., Matt Bell really sought to seek out the root cause and issues underlying our decisions or financial issues. It was really refereshing and encouraging to read. Even after reading many financial planning books, it was exciting to pick it up and read it during my daily. I hope people read this book and realize that keeping up with the Joneses isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's ok to live counterculturally, especially when the result is a life of more meaning and joy.
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Rarely do you read a personal finance book that says one of the main problems with our finances (and, undoubtedly, there are many for the average American!) is that we haven't stretched far enough. No, Matt Bell isn't encouraging the reader to extend that line of credit just a bit further or to take advantage of that "great" new credit card offer, rather Bell writes that we've been fed a lie and believed it wholeheartedly. Culture would have us believe that we're consumers - wasters, really - and that we're fulfilling our economic obligations when we buy, buy, buy.

In "Money, Purpose, Joy", Bell offers a different challenge: to be builders, not consumers. Instead of fruitlessly throwing money after the latest craze, we should build into the relationships that matter most - starting with God. Bell writes that we need to flip our money usage from: Buy, Save, then Give - to Give, Save, then Buy. This allows us to invest/build into things of significance - these are the things that we should be stretching for.

Though there are a number of personal finance books to be found, this one stands apart. Read it and be challenged.
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I'd recommend this book to almost anyone...those who are new to managing finances and want to get off to a good start and those of us who just need a reminder of what good money management looks like and why it's important. Matt Bell has presented sound financial concepts in a bold, new yet understandable way. In an environment where each day brings more financial bad news and uncertainty is certain, this book can offer hope. It's not a 'too good to be true quick fix' but if you're ready to take a thoughtful, disciplined approach to money management and reduce or possibly even eliminate financial related stress, then this book is a must read. And if your really serious about making changes, I'd highly recommend reading this book with a friend.
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By CT Dad on October 10, 2008
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This is a great book to help those of us who see money as an important, but just one, aspect of a full and meaningful life. Most financial advice boks seem to be based on the premise that we all want go be gazillionaires and will do anything to get there. Matt Bell's book shows a more holistic and human way of looking at our money in the context of ones values and big-picture goals. It is also full of practical advice that gives one a place to start. A great read.
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The pastor at my church is currently doing a 6-week study on Money. This is an issue that has always made me extremely uncomfortable and defensive. When my pastor first recommended this book, I wasn't sure. But I finally decided to pick it up. Boy, am I glad I did!

This is NOT your typical financial book. There is no heavy-handed guilt here. The principles in this book are sound and easy to implement. Bell also helps the reader identify our attitudes about money. But then he gives solid, practical advice on how to make changes. I would recommend this book to anyone. It would make a great wedding gift. There is something here for everyone! Even though this book is written from a Christian perspective, I believe even non-Christians would benefit from this book.
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Overall this is an outstanding book. Very easy to read with great personal stories and practical financial insight. There are guides to tracking spending, living on a budget, and doing it all with long-term life goals as the ultimate target. Really makes the reader stop and consider what life is all about and then plan financial issues around life. I am often turned off by the reference of companies, websites, and such. But many of the recommendations in this book are so practical that I don't think I would remove any. So very nice use. Also, quotations from various people, books, and movies are right on target for driving home points in a very relevant way. This keeps the reader engaged. I'm recommending this book to everyone.
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