- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Brown Thompson; 1st edition (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1943217432
- ISBN-13: 978-1943217434
- Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Intentional Legacy Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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Far too often the pursuit of money takes priority over relationships, leaving children, coworkers, and employees spiritually, intellectually, and morally bankrupt. This book reveals the legacy treasures that will inspire readers to find ultimate purpose and value in life. McAlvany s insights and solutions to holistic, generational planning make this book a gem! He is transparent and generous in sharing personal experiences as well as professional expertise to deliver a heart warming and practical guide to being intentional about blessing our families far beyond passing along assets. --Chuck Bentley | CEO, Crown Financial Ministries
For thirty years I ve known the McAlvany family and rarely is a legacy passed, so seamlessly, from one generation to the next. --Dr. Chuck Missler | Author and Founder of Koinonia House
McAlvany reminds readers that we both receive and pass on a legacy to others. None of us do it perfectly. We are awkward and broken and therefore need the wise advice and counsel that this book provides. In fact, David, who has learned well, through careful attention and thoughtful reflection, makes reading about wisdom a pleasurable experience. Every page of the book has something memorable, and often quotable. Well written, and profound, all who are serious about living intentionally and leaving in their wake a legacy to benefit those who follow should make this book a must read! --Professor Jerry Root, Ph.D. | Wheaton College
About the Author
David McAlvany is CEO of the McAlvany Financial Companies International Collectors Associates, ICA Europe, and McAlvany Wealth Management. He is a featured speaker on national television programs including CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg; on radio programs; and at financial seminars around the world, analyzing major events and their impact on the global economy and financial markets. He can be heard weekly on his market commentary with world leaders, bankers, economists, and renowned investors.
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This book is a witness to a father pouring out his soul for his children in love. It's also a husband who is genuinely grateful for a wife who he treasures.
Underlying the how's and why's of legacy is a life laid down for others and demanding nothing in return. That will leave a treasure that can't be stolen or destroyed.
I suspect that parenting and marriage might be David's training ground for other things beyond his current intentions.
One point, albeit it simple, that profoundly affected me was contained in the introduction itself: “Your children are your life’s work (p. xv).” This point was reiterated and reinforced chapter after chapter, and has already impacted the way I view my own children and the way I live out the collective moments that make up my days. I find myself looking at them, and my investments into their lives and souls, in a whole new light. They are my legacy. If I succeed in this one realm, I succeed indeed.
The message of grace is also a theme that is powerfully articulated throughout the chapters of this book. One statement that I found particularly impacting was this: “In our own relentlessly selfish and self-centered vision of reality, we can be guilty of doing the very thing we pray our own children will never do to us – reducing the meaningful lives of our ancestors to one-liners and emotionally-driven oversimplifications (p. 81).” In layman’s terms, we tend not to extend the grace to others which we yearn to be granted ourselves. We must generously extend grace, in regard to our ancestors, relatives, spouses, children, and to our fellow man in general. Here is another powerful statement consistent with the theme of grace, but showing its antithesis: “If you can minimize the humanity of another human being, you can justify every form of social and ethical atrocity against them; after all, they are something less than human (p. 85).” We must not minimize or stigmatize each other by our “lowest common denominator,” by our incidents of failure, or by our most unsavory qualities. All that is precious in a human soul is lost to the narrow-sighted. Even that which is most corrupt in each of us is redeemable.
A final point that had a resounding impact on this reader (though there are several others I could name) is summarized precisely, “Everything matters (p. 102).” The author expounded upon J.R. Miller’s quote, “There is nothing in the daily routine of the family life that is unimportant. Indeed, it is oft times the things we think of as without influence that will be found to have the deepest impression on the tender lives of the household (p. 102).” This sweet reminder returns to my mind all throughout the day as I watch my children (and myself) grow and fail, and grow in grace again.
This book was well-written and presented practical strategies to create a legacy for generations to come. I have been recommending this book to my friends and family.
Though David is a well-known economic analyst, who heads up a second-generation wealth management company, his book is less about finances and more about how to deliberately strengthen the bonds of family. And, in so doing, chart a course for future generations.
More specifically, The Intentional Legacy casts a vision for a wholesome, life-changing family legacy, and then provides specific details for making the vision a reality. The focus is on deliberately cultivating lifelong redemptive family relationships, with grace, humility, selflessness, and integrity. When this is accomplished within a family, a truly successful legacy is pretty much assured.
Once a legacy of strong family relationships and personal character has been established, you may then confidently pass on your material wealth (if you have any to pass on), knowing that it will not be foolishly squandered by your heirs. And, hopefully, your children will take the helm, charting a similar course of intentional legacy for your grandchildren.
That is, essentially, the concept of this book as I understood it.
Personally, I regret that this book was not around when I was a younger man, during those most formative years of my children’s lives. That said, if you are a father with a young family, you must read The Intentional Legacy and take what it says to heart. You simply must do it. It has good stories, great lessons, and practical advice that you will not find anywhere else that I know of. You and your family stand to reap great blessings from the advice in this book.
But, even if you are older, like me, there is applicable wise counsel for you in the book.
My only criticism might be that the memoir aspects of the book are occasionally too reflective, bordering on sentimental catharsis. But that is just my opinion. It is no reason not to get The Intentional Legacy, and mine its treasures.