Investing with Integrity Paperback – May 1, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 194026913X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940269139
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Deep River Books LLC (May 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,012,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his book, Loran Graham asks a question that all followers of Christ should ask:
"If our chief aim in life is to glorify God in all we do, what if we could also glorify God in how we considered our investment choices?" (p. 63) The author issues a wakeup call to all who truly accept their position as stewards of the resources God has given them, and competently lays out a methodology to ensure their investments are not contrary to biblical principles. The methodology is BRI (Biblically Responsible Investing), and this book does an excellent job of describing what BRI is and how it works.
All Christians struggle with the inclination to divide their everyday activities into secular and spiritual compartments. The author issues a clear challenge to eliminate that dividing line in the area of financial investing, through the implementation of BRI:
"BRI creates an opportunity to shine light on corporate behavior and to make our investing activities a part of our vital act of worship." (P. 63)
There is information that I wish would have been covered but was not, though. The book does not provide a way for individual investors to easily determine which corporations are biblically responsible in their operations and which are not, as stated by the author:
"BRI is generally implemented through BRI mutual funds or managers, but not very many tools are available for the individual investor." Now, it clearly was not the intent of this book to provide such tools, and in fact, the author is not in a position to do so as those tools are proprietary. But my question is: There is so much free information available on the internet today for individual investors generally, so why haven't one or more qualified Christian financial analysts used his/her abilities & gifts in this area to build up the church by pointing members of the body of Christ toward a clear and understandable listing of companies that do or do not honor God in their business activities?
Ultimately, the book is very well written and uses scripture appropriately and often. It should be read by all Christian investors, particularly Christian investment advisors. The information contained in the book informs and instructs common investors so they can work with their financial advisors to ensure their money is stewarded in a way that honors the Lord.
Perhaps the most significant question of discipleship is, "What will we do with what God has placed in our hands?" and this book helps us avoid the trap of unintentionally investing in the wrong kingdom.
One of the highlights for me is that the author doesn't focus on a political agenda or uniting a group of investors based on what they are against. Instead he invites us to explore how our investment activity can further the Kingdom of God, express our love for God, and bless fellow human beings.
My prediction: This powerful little book is a key that will unlock a more purpose-driven and congruent life for thousands of people and will add to the momentum of the Biblically Responsible Investing movement.
The principles offered here are vitally needed to be implemented by all believers today.
I would recommend this book to any Christian with an investment account.