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About the Author

S. Truett Cathy is a real-life Horatio Alger story. Growing up in a boardinghouse his mother operated during the Great Depression, he learned the principles of hard work, honesty, loyalty, and respect. When he opened a small restaurant in 1946 with his brother Ben, he put those principles to work and immediately began to experience rewards. Over two decades later, Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant, which was unique in America in two ways: it served the first boneless breast chicken sandwich, and it was the first fast-food restaurant to operate in a shopping mall. Today, the more than 1,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants boast than $3 billion in sales annually while adhering to a policy previously unknown in the fast-food business: Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.

Along with his wife, Jeanette, Cathy is also the founder of the WinShape Centre Foundation, which offers college scholarships, summer camps for children, a marriage retreat center, and homes for more than 130 foster children. The Cathys live in the Atlanta area.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Looking Glass Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929619405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929619405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Gardner on October 3, 2011
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Truett Cathy is one of my favorite entrepreneurs. The founder of Chick-Fil-A has certainly proven that he knows how to make a business work while holding firm to his convictions. His ventures in philanthropy and community service have been likewise successful, and he has established a name for himself as a leader of leaders. When Truett Cathy speaks, people listen!

His latest book is a collection of short stories -- you can think of it as Cathy's version of the Book of Proverbs -- is focused around the title's question. When so many of the ultra-rich have broken lives, is the pursuit of wealth ultimately worth it? As someone who has achieved real wealth without sacrificing his faith or his family, Cathy seems as qualified as anyone to provide some answers. In the book's introduction, Dave Ramsey calls this "the most important thing he's ever written."

I'm not so sure I agree. While I absolutely affirm Cathy's conclusions, and his advice is both practically and theologically sound, I don't think this is his best or most important work. While it's a shorter and easier read than some of his other books, there isn't a whole lot of new information in this book for those familiar with some of his others. There is a lot of overlap here with, for instance, Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People, and I thought the earlier book told Cathy's story better.

That said, if you're in the mood for a quick book of practical financial wisdom, this one will fit the bill. And for those wondering what Cathy's answer to the big question is, here is a summary:

Wealth is worth it if:

1. You earn it honestly
2. You spend wisely
3. You save reasonably
4.
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This little book is an easy read, I read it in about an hour and a half. It is definitely inspiring, and though the bulk it is actually not about Chick-fil-A, the stories from S. Truett Cathy make you want to "eat mor chick'n" just to support what this wonderful, humble man created! (thus, the title of my review since they're closed on Sunday) Lots of good quotes that make you think. Would definitely recommend for some inspirational reading.
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Wealth is it worth it? is a great thought to contemplate, better yet, Mr. Truett Cathy wrote a book regarding that timeless thought. I found his book truly inspirational and the quotes and personal stories hit close to home. I have a son who is currently attending Georgia Tech and I found the stories regarding Mr. Cathy living in the Techwood homes, Atlanta's first public housing project, Frank Gordy and the Varsity and Cecil and Deen Day very heart warming. On page 50 Mr. Cathy wrote..."The Bible reminds us to think about things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Wealth alone is none of these things. But wealth in the hands of people filled with these virtues can make a powerful, positive difference in the world." Mr. Cathy is that humble man and he has truly made a difference that will have a positive effect for generations to come. I feel honored and privileged to have met him personally. I highly recommend this book to everyone . There is wisdom of nugget in it for all us. I will leave this review with my favorite thought...."I can scorn when I see thorns in a rosebush or I can rejoice when I see roses in a thornbush..... (personally I would rather rejoice!!)
Peggy Harper
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Being Rich or Broke is a state of your pocket, wallet, or size of your bank account.
Being Wealthy or Poor is a state of your mind, heart, and spirit.

Mr. Truett Cathy was WEALTHY first. Then he worked hard and became Rich. Now he is both Wealthy and Rich.

This is the 4th book I read written by Truett Cathy. He is consistent in his values, love of people, and to serve.
The more authentically you serve, the more wealthy and Rich you will become.

Truett Cathy is proof that it work.

William Teh
Investor | Author | Entrepreneur
TTTrends Investments
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Such a great book. I was hooked after the first chapter. The chapters are very short and it's a quick read but the wisdom and stories within are invaluable. Each of us use money every day and, for many, it rules their lives. Cathy illustrates how wealth can be pursued, kept in balance, and used for good. Some of the stories are tragic, other are heartening and many are practical. If you have the desire or opportunity to make more money than you'll use, read this book!
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An easy and worthwhile read with great quotes from some of my favorite people in the world (Warren Buffet, Dave Ramsey). I think if you are to give this book a bad rating you either have to be predetermined to blindly disagree with anyone who is "Christian" no matter what or you are so much in love with your own material wealth that you can't see straight.

My favorite quote from the Buffet interview:
"Wealth is having enough. That means to some people, no matter how much they have, they can't really be wealthy because they want more than they've got"
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