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King says she wants to "explore how we might spend as much of our days as possible doing what we love." When we "follow the deepest desires of our heart. . . . the money will come. And we'll want to share it." I appreciate that sentiment, but I didn't feel like that is really what the book accomplished. The main message I took away from Loaded is to be okay with having enough and spending what you have on what you need.
King and some of the individuals she profiles in Loaded come from a perspective of voluntary poverty, where they underearned and struggled with guilt if they spent money. She talks about going through twelve step programs to find freedom in earning money and using it. Don't get me wrong, King is all for living simply and is definitely not in favor of the excesses of American consumer culture. But neither is she in favor of choosing poverty as an end rather than a means to an end. She concludes, "We help poor people not by compulsively staying poor ourselves, but by sharing our material and emotional riches with them."
King knows her audience, people like her who have been involved in the Catholic Worker movement, or who have otherwise lived lives of voluntary poverty. That is a pretty small audience. Most Christians in mainstream America come from an opposite place. But for her audience her writing is relatable and, at times, moving. Whether we have a little or a lot, live in a slum or a suburb, King reminds us to do what you love and be generous with what you have.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
While this book discusses and addresses money wounds and unhealthy money habits it has also helped me address a few other wounds and unhealthy habits I have in other areas of my life. The exercises, case studies and other tools throughout the book are beneficial and not to be skipped. And I have found they can be tweaked to other areas of my life as well.
The chapters were short but not empty or lacking though I did wish a few of them had gone a little deeper.
There are seven main sections:- The Truth:The Law of Love, The Lie:The Law of Fear, Coming Awake, Forensics, Healing, Dating our Dreams, Leap.
This book doesn't tell you how to get out of debt or how to make more money but helps you heal and move forward towards those things.
I received this book free from Net Galley and Franciscan Media for my honest opinon
In Heather King's Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough, the reader may expect to delve into another financial advice book about how to save money for the future or get out of debt. King doesn't even touch those issues. Instead, she wants the reader to do the hard work: sweat a little, return to some painful childhood memories, confront our own addictions, and bring it all into the light.
She's right that healing cannot occur without honesty, and Loaded is chock full of tips for reflecting, praying, and practical applications for the real world, much of which is based on 12 Step programs. What's more, it's a deep treatise on human relationships.
Who would have thought? But looks, as always, can be deceiving. And Loaded is no different. Not your average read, it's more like a guide or mentor who is challenging you toward recovery and out of the various sicknesses we all carry inside. Here's an excerpt from Chapter 21:
At some point we have to say, I am willing to try things another way. I am willing to face my deepest wounds and do something about them.
At some point, we have to face the fear, the anger, the anxiety, the part of us that somewhere, sometime, a long, long time ago decided "I will not be hurt again" (p. 77).
This isn't just about money. This is about life. It's about our relationship with God, others, and, yes, even ourselves.
Before reading Loaded, I never considered the possibility that attachment to money or hoarding money was actually a form of addiction. I didn't know that Debtors Anonymous or Underearners Anonymous existed. Now I have taken a hard look at myself - how I spend money, on what and why; how much I earn and why I think I should work for free or very little; where my money issues are derived, specifically from my family of origin...
And on and on it goes.
But, as I discovered from King's journaling suggestions, it's not merely about money. It's about so much more - which is, I'm sure, the gist of what she wanted the reader to glean. This isn't some revelation that will instantly change your life. It's going to take time, a little healthy dose of fear, and a whole lot of humility.
But let's be honest: is anything in life that's worthwhile gained with little effort? King doesn't seem to think so, and neither do I. In fact, the hardest, most difficult decisions I've had to make, the toughest truths I've had to acknowledge, and the greatest fears I've had to overcome have all - without exception - made me more resilient, perseverant, and faithful to God.
It's not so much that we should or shouldn't live like a pauper. King invites us to live in freedom, whether that includes a call to voluntary/evangelical poverty or to wealth that includes spending generously on others and ourselves. The key is to unleash our specific mission in life and then fulfill God's dream for us with money not so much at the center or the periphery, but to be used for the greater benefit of our souls and the world at large.
Loaded will leave you reeling with inner work you may not have realized you needed. But in the end, if you take her suggestions, thoughts, and questions to prayer, your relationship with money and people will thrive.