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Investing with Integrity Paperback – May 1, 2014
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"There are many voices in the BRI world, not all of which are really helpful. Loran has written a very thoughtful, principle-driven book that I believe will add much to this necessary conversation about what a believing investor should know about applying their faith to all investing decisions. I believe this book will be around for many years. I recommend it highly." -Ron Blue, founding director of Kingdom Advisors, and best-selling author of eighteen books on finance from a biblical perspective, including Master Your Money. “I believe in Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI). If my money is really God’s money, and if God is good and holy, shouldn’t I invest his money in companies that offer a good service or product? Shouldn’t I avoid investing in businesses that take advantage of human weaknesses by tempting people to sin, self-destruction, and disintegration of the family? In Investing with Integrity, Loran Graham has put together a clear, engaging, and persuasive case for BRI. I encourage you to look at it carefully and to ask God what he wants you to do with the money He has entrusted to your care.” -Randy Alcorn, author of Money, Possessions & Eternity, The Treasure Principle and Managing God’s Money “Loran Graham has done a superb job in Investing with Integrity to help followers of Christ align their investment decisions with the heart of God. How we handle money is so important to the Lord that there are 2,350 verses in the Bible dealing with it. You will be challenged and encouraged as you learn God's way of investing. I heartily recommend this book!” - Howard Dayton, founder of Compass: Finances God's Way "Wise stewardship isn’t just about saving, investing, and avoiding debt—it’s about doing so in a way that honors the Lord. Loran Graham’s book provides readers with a comprehensive strategy for doing just that, through Biblically Responsible Investing." -Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family
About the Author
Loran Graham is a licensed CPA, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and independent financial advisor in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Loran and his wife are the parents of twins and live in Spokane, Washington.
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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.