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"No business person should miss this one. Frank Hanna's book will save you assets, time, and quite possibly your soul."  —Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, The Mother Angelica



"Simple, easy-to-follow advice on how to donate with decisiveness and get the most bang for your charitable buck."  —Jim Towey, president, Saint Vincent College



"What makes [Hanna's] book unique is its simple clarity, engaging style and practical value for every reader, whether wealthy or more modest of means."  —Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., archbishop of Denver



"Provides such useful guidance on the central issues of both how much wealth is enough and how wealth can best be given to worthy causes. . . . Should be read by potential givers both large and small."  —Charles B. Knapp, president emeritus, The University of Georgia



"I highly recommend this book to everyone who plans to engage in charitable giving no matter how much money they may have to give."  —Thomas S. Monaghan, founder, Ave Maria University and Domino's Pizza



"An intelligent approach to allocating and enjoying wealth. . . . No one should give away a cent without reading this book first."  —Foster Friess, founder, Brandywine Funds



"For anyone looking for an engaging and faithful presentation of the Catholic faith, In the Circle of Mysteries is a welcome and fresh contribution."  —Most Reverend Donald William Wuerl, archbishop of Washington



"Using his research, along with his personal experiences, Hanna clearly explains how much money is enough, whether it is being spent well, and what having money means. The book features an easy-to-use layout and superb design."  —Catholic News Agency

About the Author

Frank J. Hanna is the CEO of Hanna Capital, the recipient of the William B. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership and the David R. Jones Award for Philanthropy, and cofounder of the Solidarity Foundation. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824525205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824525200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank J. Hanna is CEO of Hanna Capital in Atlanta, Georgia. He invests as a merchant banker in financial service businesses. Previously, he was a corporate attorney with Troutman Sanders of Atlanta.

Frank Hanna has been involved in education for the last 27 years. He has been instrumental in the formation of three new Catholic schools in Atlanta, having served on the boards of each, including Holy Spirit Preparatory School and the Solidarity School. Holy Spirit Prep has been recognized as among the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the country.

Frank Hanna has been a frequent speaker to groups and mass media regarding issues of faith as they pertain to the businessman. He has often spoken on philanthropy and what he believes are new paradigms developing in this area, and has published the best-selling "What Your Money Means". He has also spoken to Catholic leaders at conferences at the Vatican and appeared on a variety of local and national media.

Frank Hanna was named a Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St. Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI. He also serves as a Knight of Malta, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, a board member of the Papal Foundation, a board member of the St. John Vianney Seminary, and a board member of the American Enterprise Institute.

Frank Hanna continues to support those groups that further the messages of educational and religious liberty that he believes are so important, including the Federalist Society, the Becket Fund, and the Acton Institute (on whose board Frank Hanna serves).

During the administration of George W. Bush, Frank Hanna was appointed and served as the co-chair of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and oversaw the production and delivery of its report to the President entitled, "From Risk to Opportunity."

Frank Hanna is the founder of The Solidarity Association, which has been instrumental in many charitable efforts. Of most significance, The Solidarity Association serves as Trustee of the Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust, which guards the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke (and the oldest copy of the Lord's Prayer) in the world.

In recognition of his charitable efforts, Frank Hanna has received the William B. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, and the David R. Jones Award for Philanthropic Leadership, awarded by the Fund for American Studies.

Frank Hanna is also a former Sunday School teacher and has coached Little League soccer and basketball. He received his BBA and JD degrees from the University of Georgia.

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This book is a must read for anyone concerned about the proper use and management of their wealth. Frank Hanna is one of the leading financial minds of our generation, and his wise counsel provides answers to the troubling questions of the role of wealth in our lives.
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I had very mixed feeling throughout the course of reading this book. While I agree with most of the premises the author puts forth and while there are certainly some excellent chapters, as a whole I had trouble making my way through to the end and wasn't thoroughly convicted of some of the main points of the book. Part of me wants to give the book 5 stars for its willingness to address difficult issues concerning wealth in a complete manner; however, another part of me wants to give the book 2 stars for its style of writing and the somewhat condescending tone throughout the book.

The first part of the book reads as a quasi-philosophical examantion of money and wealth. Those familiar with studies in philosophy will rocognize a scholastic or Aristotilean approach throughout the text. The book is heavy with quotes from great thinkers and businessmen and lacks a great deal of in-depth real-life examples.

Those expecting practical examples of what to do with money will be sorely dissappointed. If you're struggling to get out of debt or are a young person getting started in the world (as am I), and you want to develop a practical attitude towards money and providing for your family, start with a book by Dave Ramsey such as The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. If, however, you want to "sharpen your mind" concerning wealth you have already built up, and you want to learn how to responsibily give it away, this may be the book for you.

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This books provides an excellent way for a person to examine their conscience concerning their attitude towards money and wealth.
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Frank Hanna's book introducing readers to the mysteries of making and retaining money is easy-going in its language and arguments from the beginning. What permeates the whole book is this ease that comes from experience and a world-view that gives him relaxation with his own nature as a money-maker. Hanna knows how to gauge morally the dangers and achievements of "filthy lucre." With a trained legal and rhetorical mind, Hanna can perceive the differences in ideas and language that determine the boundaries of good and evil in that most ambiguous of human arenas, the market place. In this sense, the book is a breakthrough because it dares to encompass larger spheres as well as the most practical.
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As a entrepreneur hopeful, but not having a lot of money at present, I've really struggled with how am I to handle the money that I've got? This book is excellent and a must-read for anyone having - or wanting to have - money. I'll be recommending it to all of my friends.
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I was particularly drawn to the "how to use it well" part of the title. Whether a person is seen as rich, middle or lower-income, using money well is important. The examples and guidelines developed by Mr. Hanna are practical and particularly useful to those involved in fundraising. What motiates people to donate large sums to a charitable cause? We certainly came away with ideas which we applied successfully to a capital campaign for the local special needs camp.
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