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The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God's Design For You and Your Money Hardcover – June 1, 2017
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The 30 money challenges are opportunities for you to put into practice what you have learned. They are simple, yet valuable steps to help you become a better steward of God’s resources.”
- Jimmy Scroggins, Senior Pastor of Family Church, West Palm Beach, FL
“I can’t wait for you to read Art’s book. It is so good. Art encourages and equips you in the Money Challenge. Not only will you learn a lot, but you will also enjoy his captivating writing style.”
- Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor, Transformation Church, Indian Land, SC
Have you ever found yourself waking up from your financial dreams, recognizing your reality is quite different? The Money Challenge creatively teaches and enables you to honor God through your life and finances. Thanks, Art, for tackling this tough topic.
- Dave Stone, Pastor, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY
Pastors and church leaders: run to this book! I wish I had this book when I was a pastor. It is short, easy to read, and filled with practical steps to lead a congregation toward greater biblical stewardship. I would give a copy to every one in my church. Those who take these steps will have a church filled with joyous givers!
- Thom S. Rainer, President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources
“The Money Challenge is a hopeful, gospel-oriented primer on using finances for the sake of the kingdom. Everyone can benefit from the biblical wisdom here, regardless of financial or social background.”
- Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“The Money Challenge by Art Rainer is an excellent book on how to be financially responsible. The 3-fold challenge to give generously, save wisely and live appropriately is mapped out in clear, practical and obtainable steps. God designed us to be generous and wise with our resources. This short and easy to read work will help you get there. I am delighted to commend it to you.”
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
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More than money, though this little 150-page book is about applying God’s design to your money in order to help you become a stronger follower of Jesus. It’s a book about the Christian’s use of the resources entrusted to him/her by the Maker and Master of his/her life. If you think that this is just another in a room full of already written, tried, and tested tomes about the subject of money management (or even stewardship) you’d miss the mark. Rainer seems to be more interested in helping Christians be better Christians than simply help Christians be richer Christians.
If you are interested in simply a stewardship or money-handling, pick up a book from Ron Blue or Dave Ramsey or the late Larry Burkett (all good Christian money management experts). Some of the money management principles they espouse are either used or expanded on here. So, what is it that Rainer is offering? I would personally label it discipleship. The springboard he uses to launch into Bible-based, full-out discipleship is one that is dearest to the heart of many Americans—the pocketbook.
The thirty days of discovery (part of the book’s subtitle) are woven into the three aspects of living the Christian life that turn money woes into money management and general living into genuine Christianity: give generously, save wisely, live appropriately. People, Rainer states, are designed to be generous. And through our generosity we find happiness. The reason we save is to be generous. The reason we get out of debt is to be generous. The reason we buy a house is to be generous (in the long run). Rainer also asserts that “living appropriately” is based in the idea of living within one’s means—not trying to keep up with the Joneses (whoever they may be) nor having the latest gadget.
What might draw the reader to this book as opposed to other money management books? Its brevity is a big plus. Rainer says as much in 150 pages as many gurus take 300 to disseminate. I also enjoyed the fictional example woven throughout the book, bringing a personality to both the person needing help and the mentor who presented her with the challenges (it never hurts to have an It’s a Wonderful Life allusion).
I would recommend this little book to Christians (both new and old), especially those who are struggling with financial matters. As with many books, producers may be interested in churches and small groups using this as a curriculum for small group study. I think it will have its best application as a one-to-one discipleship tool. In fact, I am making plans to use it to disciple my children as they reach the age of 14-17, as a tool for both discipleship and money management learning. It will be an invaluable tool for Christians desiring to find God’s design for them (and their money).
Five out of five reading glasses from me. For more information about the book, listen to this interview between Thom and Art Rainer (the publisher and author of the book). [Find interview at ThomRainer.com/podcast-2]
—Benjamin Potter June 10, 2017
[Disclaimer: I received this book for free from B&H Publishing Group for this review.]
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