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Wealth: Is It Worth It? Hardcover – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Looking Glass Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929619405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929619405
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

S. Truett Cathy is a real-life Horatio Alger story. Growing up in a boardinghouse his mother operated during the Great Depression, he learned the principles of hard work, honesty, loyalty, and respect. When he opened a small restaurant in 1946 with his brother Ben, he put those principles to work and immediately began to experience rewards. Over two decades later, Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant, which was unique in America in two ways: it served the first boneless breast chicken sandwich, and it was the first fast-food restaurant to operate in a shopping mall. Today, the more than 1,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants boast than $3 billion in sales annually while adhering to a policy previously unknown in the fast-food business: Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.

Along with his wife, Jeanette, Cathy is also the founder of the WinShape Centre Foundation, which offers college scholarships, summer camps for children, a marriage retreat center, and homes for more than 130 foster children. The Cathys live in the Atlanta area.

Customer Reviews

Would definitely recommend for some inspirational reading.
H Smith
A great reminder to keep wealth in perspective and always give generously to those most in need.
Amazon Customer
This alone is worth the time reading it and money spent purchasing it.
Robert Fields

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Gardner on October 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Truett Cathy is one of my favorite entrepreneurs. The founder of Chick-Fil-A has certainly proven that he knows how to make a business work while holding firm to his convictions. His ventures in philanthropy and community service have been likewise successful, and he has established a name for himself as a leader of leaders. When Truett Cathy speaks, people listen!

His latest book is a collection of short stories -- you can think of it as Cathy's version of the Book of Proverbs -- is focused around the title's question. When so many of the ultra-rich have broken lives, is the pursuit of wealth ultimately worth it? As someone who has achieved real wealth without sacrificing his faith or his family, Cathy seems as qualified as anyone to provide some answers. In the book's introduction, Dave Ramsey calls this "the most important thing he's ever written."

I'm not so sure I agree. While I absolutely affirm Cathy's conclusions, and his advice is both practically and theologically sound, I don't think this is his best or most important work. While it's a shorter and easier read than some of his other books, there isn't a whole lot of new information in this book for those familiar with some of his others. There is a lot of overlap here with, for instance, Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People, and I thought the earlier book told Cathy's story better.

That said, if you're in the mood for a quick book of practical financial wisdom, this one will fit the bill. And for those wondering what Cathy's answer to the big question is, here is a summary:

Wealth is worth it if:

1. You earn it honestly
2. You spend wisely
3. You save reasonably
4.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By H Smith on July 18, 2011
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This little book is an easy read, I read it in about an hour and a half. It is definitely inspiring, and though the bulk it is actually not about Chick-fil-A, the stories from S. Truett Cathy make you want to "eat mor chick'n" just to support what this wonderful, humble man created! (thus, the title of my review since they're closed on Sunday) Lots of good quotes that make you think. Would definitely recommend for some inspirational reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Harper on August 30, 2011
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Wealth is it worth it? is a great thought to contemplate, better yet, Mr. Truett Cathy wrote a book regarding that timeless thought. I found his book truly inspirational and the quotes and personal stories hit close to home. I have a son who is currently attending Georgia Tech and I found the stories regarding Mr. Cathy living in the Techwood homes, Atlanta's first public housing project, Frank Gordy and the Varsity and Cecil and Deen Day very heart warming. On page 50 Mr. Cathy wrote..."The Bible reminds us to think about things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Wealth alone is none of these things. But wealth in the hands of people filled with these virtues can make a powerful, positive difference in the world." Mr. Cathy is that humble man and he has truly made a difference that will have a positive effect for generations to come. I feel honored and privileged to have met him personally. I highly recommend this book to everyone . There is wisdom of nugget in it for all us. I will leave this review with my favorite thought...."I can scorn when I see thorns in a rosebush or I can rejoice when I see roses in a thornbush..... (personally I would rather rejoice!!)
Peggy Harper
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GGettis on July 20, 2011
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MUCH CAN BE GAINED FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHERS. In this book one gains insight into a man who has experienced poverty and plenty. He'll tell you he prefer's plenty, but that poverty has been a profound and indelible teacher. Take time to read this book and contemplate the encouragement to work hard and then to share the rewards with others. Be encouraged to see the importance of pursuing lasting relationships over a material possession, status or position. Mr. Cathy's sharing of his (and others) personal real life stories leads to a fuller understanding of the man and his family's desire to have a positive influence on others. Enjoy!
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everybody with means should read this book...A person wwho dies rich dies discraced...I know quite a few who should read it.
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By LS on May 21, 2014
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This book is great. It is full of S. Truett Cathy's wisdom, as well as wisdom from other people successful both financially and in their families.
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By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2014
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A great reminder to keep wealth in perspective and always give generously to those most in need. Wealth is worth it like mr. Cathy says as long as it serves and glorifies god
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What a refreshing read. What perspective. Truly this man will not shy away at His coming. Well done good and faithful servant.
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