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Money, Purpose, Joy: The Proven Path to Uncommon Financial Success Paperback – August 12, 2008
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Money and things--the more we have, the more we want. Of course, we all know that "More" is a game that can't be won. No matter how much we get, it's never enough. But deep down inside, part of us clings to the hope that the next time will be different--with a little bit more we'll be happier. So we keep up the pursuit. Fortunately, there's a better way to manage our money and our lives: Turn toward home.
Just as the prodigal son wandered from home and squandered his inheritance, so have many of us wandered from the financial home God prepared for us. In this inspiring and instructive book, financial writer and speaker Matt Bell helps you redirect your use of money to meet your deepest longings--to turn toward the life God intends for you.
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Just as the prodigal son wandered from home and squandered his inheritance, so have many of us wandered from the financial home God prepared for us. In this inspiring and instructive book, financial writer and speaker Matt Bell helps you redirect your use of money to meet your deepest longings—to turn toward the life God intends for you.
Top Customer Reviews
Matt introduces some new terminology that is extremely helpful in providing examples and contrasts of personality types and attitudes towards spending, saving and building. His own testimony as a "Prodigal Son" is inspiring and is a great reminder that we can embrace a new vision to use money in ways that bring freedom and joy.
As a Pastor that enjoys teaching stewardship, I have a new favorite book.
In "Money, Purpose, Joy", Bell offers a different challenge: to be builders, not consumers. Instead of fruitlessly throwing money after the latest craze, we should build into the relationships that matter most - starting with God. Bell writes that we need to flip our money usage from: Buy, Save, then Give - to Give, Save, then Buy. This allows us to invest/build into things of significance - these are the things that we should be stretching for.
Though there are a number of personal finance books to be found, this one stands apart. Read it and be challenged.
This is NOT your typical financial book. There is no heavy-handed guilt here. The principles in this book are sound and easy to implement. Bell also helps the reader identify our attitudes about money. But then he gives solid, practical advice on how to make changes. I would recommend this book to anyone. It would make a great wedding gift. There is something here for everyone! Even though this book is written from a Christian perspective, I believe even non-Christians would benefit from this book.