The 21 Day Financial Fast (REVIEW)

_225_350_Book.1060.coverWhere does you’re money go? Do you enter a grocery store to spend $5 and walk out having spent over $100? Do you find yourself living paycheck to pay check? Is your spending out of control? Try THE 21 DAY FINANCIAL FAST by Michelle Singletary. She challenges readers to slow down, spend money on only the necessities for 21 days and take an inventory of where your money is going. Each day of the journey she offers hope and encouragement as you look to asses your finances and bring them to order.

She is an amazingly gifted and insightful writer. I initially thought this book would just cover stuff I already knew from other courses like Dave Ramsey’s FINANCIAL PEACE (to be sure there was plenty of overlap), but was pleasantly surprised to find a different type of depth applied to money management and individual personalities. I swear she has met half of my family, or at least their financial alter-egos. When addressing the error of being overly frugal she used the illustration that taking extra condiment packets from fast food places… I was sure she had met my great-grandfather who horded stolen McDonalds catsup like it was gold.

Each day was full of good insight and was helpful at keeping up the “fast.” I applaud Michelle Singletary and her work on this book. It’s a great add to the subject of finances on my bookshelf and it is one that I highly recommend to anyone looking to get a better perspective on their relationship to money. I see it being especially helpful for engaged couples to use and discuss finances before they get married as well as young folks who have disposable income for the first time or are struggling to make ends meet.

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A Review of “The Treasure Principle” by Randy Alcorn

The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn is a quick and easy read that addresses the issue of giving from a Biblical perspective.  I really appreciate Mr. Alcorn’s candor and straightforward style.  His transparency is ultimately what makes the book so good.  He is asking the reader to join him on an adventure that he has already undertaken.

Throughout the book Mr. Alcorn manages to artfully prod at the heart of the reader on how to give from a biblical perspective.  The material is both factual and persuasive, theological and practical, sensitive and pointed. Overall it is a fantastic non-fiction book with just the right amount of motivation and practicality.  The fact that it is about giving with a biblical mindset makes it even more stunning.  I was both convicted and challenged to follow God more surely with our finances through this book and I highly recommend this book to you.

The Treasure Principle is only around 120 pages, small, and hardcover making it an excellent gift book even for those who don’t read much.  This is one of those books that I wish someone had handed me at 18. The retail price of The Treasure Principle is $9.99 (Hardcover), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com. I gave it five stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Overcoming Money Myths that Christians Believe

When I first ordered Your Money God’s Way, I was a bit skeptical.  I’ve been through several finance courses, studies, etc.  (By the way, the best studies I’ve come across are Dave Ramsey‘s books).  However, as soon as I saw the cover I was encouraged to see Dave’s endorsement on the front.  As I began to read Your Money God’s Way I was further encouraged and refreshed.

The author Amie Streater writes in a straight forward, compelling, and conversational manner.  She shares gripping stories or heart ache and heart-break due financial ignorance and petty greed.  The thing I liked most about each chapter is the way that she was able to unveil each “myth” and its root in sin.  The book tackles such obvious sin issues as the health and wealth gospel, issues of entitlement, enabling, etc.  She attacks the misquoted scriptural base that folks sometimes use (sometimes they don’t even need to use scripture to justify their bad behavior).

As an associate pastor I have found that many people in our churches are ignorant of some of the money myths.  I am thankful that at our church we have great leaders who are providing opportunities for folks to learn about how to handle money in a godly way.  It is true as Amie quotes all through out the book, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

The only issue I have with the book is the title.  I get where Amie or the publisher is coming from, but I think it would reflect amie’s theology and a more biblical theology to have the title read, “God’s money, God’s way.”  Ultimately in the end we will give an account to Him for how we used or abused money.

If you are struggling with your finances or trying to help someone who is… This book is for you.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to understand the sin issues behind why we spend money, go in debt, live beyond our means, etc.  If you are looking for something practical to help you get out of debt now, check out Dave Ramsey’s books and workbooks.  Financial Peace University
really set my wife and I up for success early on. The retail price of Your Money God’s Way is $14.99 (Paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $10.79. I gave it four stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”