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Cara Macmillan not only discusses the above but also goes into a more in-depth discussion on how money is treated with different religions, cultures, and people. The effects of money are preserved and portrayed differently, and this is a fascinating thing to know when it comes to the outside world, particularly in different faiths.
The book is written in the way of which you feel like an observer to a classroom with a teacher, educating her pupils. You are being taught everything there is to know about money and how using it affects your life. The amount of dependency also affects your pure existence.
I found the book to be very easy to read. The structure and layout were well planned. There is a consistency with the connectivity of the paragraphs and topics discussed. It did feel like a grown up teaching a child rather than a professor teaching his pupils, but I believe, that did not take away anything from the message it was trying to set to scale.
I recommend this book to anyone that wishes to read on the topic in general and appreciates learning something from a book.
Written by Jeyran Main
This is the money class we all should have gotten in school. Cara gives real-world examples of money situations, from around the world, literally! And the actionable workbook at the end will help you take a look at your current relationship with money and how your values are tied to it.
If you're looking for a book about money, this one is a must-read. It is well worth the price because the knowledge you'll get from this book is priceless.
The book takes a novel approach to explaining money to readers. In the context of a classroom discussion, the role of money across cultures and religions is explored. It was interesting for me to read some of the religious perspectives on money - especially the Hindu philosophy - and also to read how author Cara MacMillan compares Christ's parable of the talents to using our own talents.
Any time there's a comparison using religion, there's always the danger of taking things out of context, and I have no way of knowing whether or not that's the case here for the Muslim, Hindu, or Jewish perspectives. I do know that I haven't ever heard the parallel made between this parable and our own income, so it did provide a very different viewpoint. I did like the encouragement to find a passion instead of just doing a job, and I thought the book was a very clear and comprehensible read.
Although I grew up in a family full of finance background, and I got good marks while studying finance, I never did find it interesting.
But this book handles this subject in a way that I could not only grasp all that was being said, I also found it so interesting that I read it as I would read my favourite fiction novel!
I feel what makes this book stand apart from the others is that it deals with money in real world context, rather than the contextual terms. What does money mean to people in the real world? We all know it is a currency to exchange for goods, that is not what this book is about, but about what does money mean to different people? How some people are misers even when they are rich? While some people remain happy even when they are poor? What is our attitude about money and how does it affect our emotions? So basically it is our attitude to money that affects how we view money. And this is so profound. It really is our attitude, isn’t it? How much money is enough? Is any amount even “enough”?
The book then deals with how are these attitudes formed? She deals with excellent examples of how religions like Christianity and Hinduism see money or preach about money and how its teachings effect the thoughts of those who grow up in a religious household.
It also deals with how our parents or guardians viewed money, and how their beliefs somehow shaped ours.
The book explains that one should always use the talent that one possess in order to earn money, that, according to me, is the best advice ever. How many times we see people stuck in a meaningless corporate rat race, reminiscing about the good old days when they used to paint or read or write or something like that years ago.
The language of the book is so simple. I was surprised how the author could so simply explain such complex terms!
Totally a five-star book!
Cara does a great job presenting many different religious views from various cultures! It was very easy to read and entertaining.
I also really appreciated the workbook at the end to think through. I've already recommended it to a handful of others as well.
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