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Money and the Way of Wisdom: Insights from the Book of Proverbs Paperback – October 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1594732454 ISBN-10: 1594732450

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594732450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594732454
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,634,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sages across the centuries have long recognized that material prosperity does not inevitably result in spiritual fulfillment, and that continued, anxious attempts to buy `salvation' actually diminish human well-being. Our pursuit of the `good life' through the frenzied pursuit of wealth not only may not pay off, it actually carries its own costs ... such as anxiety and diminished quality of relations with family and friends."
--from the Introduction

The authors of Proverbs knew that money's seductive call did not lead to the joyful life it promised. They knew, also, how to find that joyful life, and offered instruction for attaining it in the Book of Proverbs.

With a careful hand, Sandoval digs beneath the surface of these carefully crafted verses and releases their wisdom for you to use in your life. He examines the ancient sayings to illustrate their modern applications and challenge you to breathe your own life into them by using them every day.

With careful scholarship and probing discussion questions, Sandoval encourages you to rethink your own financial interactions as you explore your beliefs about the poor and other socially vulnerable groups, bribes and gifts, the advantages and disadvantages of wealth, and more.

About the Author

Timothy J. Sandoval, PhD, is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on the Bible and economic ethics. He is a published authority on the Book of Proverbs and other Hebrew Bible-related topics for both scholarly and general audiences.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on January 24, 2014
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If I could, I would take back the money I paid for this book as well as all the time I spent reading it. Neither was well spent. Since that can’t be done, part of my fifteen bucks will unfortunately end up in the pocket of Dr. Timothy J. Sandoval, an author who seems to despise the very economic and political system that allows him to actually profit from a book condemning it such as this, not to mention the freedom it grants him to do so, which he seems to take entirely for granted. However, I suppose my money and time will not be a total loss if, through this review, someone else is prevented from repeating my bad investment in this book.

This book is not what it seems. The back cover says “Powerful observations from the Book of Proverbs about life and money can inform your financial choices even today.” That may be true, but you won’t find them here. Even the title is misleading. You might think the book is about using money wisely. Nope. Actually, Dr. Sandoval doesn’t see money and wisdom as going together at all really, despite what the Book of Proverbs actually says about that. If you have much money, he thinks, you almost certainly acquired it unjustly and are therefore not on the way of wisdom. I suppose he might say it would be okay to somehow acquire money by accident, but to him, money and wisdom are basically completely opposite and mutually exclusive. He will take you through all kinds of mental gymnastics, including his own personal translations of the original Hebrew of Proverbs, to arrive at the conclusions to which he is predisposed because of his particular presuppositions.

Speaking of presuppositions, It would be nice if Dr.
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