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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2005
Availability: In Stock
A fantastic adventure of personal growth - set in 16th century Italy. Readers will meet and join young Julio, who is taken on a quest into adulthood - as his grandfather reveals mysterious family secrets.
Woven through the story are 12 principles of success including:
- Work Hard and God will Prosper You
- Be Meek Before God, but Bold Before Men
- Live Debt-Free and Below Your Means
- Set Aside the First 10% to Honor God
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant will change the way you think about your career, wealth, and success.
The story centers around the twelve principles and has example from Antonios life to illustrate each. The principles stress the importance of perseverance and responsible handling of money.
As Antonio shares his life story with his grandson Julio the reader learns how Antonio went from being the foster son of a monk to one of the most influential merchants in Italy. Principle one work hard and God will proper you is illustrated by Antonios invention of Venices trade currency, which is the source of his fortune My favorite part of the book was the surprise ending that tells what Antonio did with his money.
Despite the good message the book has a few problems. The characters are very underdeveloped and the Renaissance Italy setting clashes with the modern concepts and speech.
I believe this book would be enjoyed most by those who view it as a pleasant way to learn business principles, rather than by those who read for entertainment. Though its not Pilgrims Progress, The Legend of The Monk and The Merchant is worthy to stand with such great business parables as Who Moved My Cheese? and The Go-getter. Amy Stoller, Christian Book Previews.com