When I saw this book, I thought, "Oh, another book for Christians, teaching us/them how to handle their money blah blah..."
Well, I was right but...it was not what I expected. At all. Amie Streater does not sugar coat the fact that a lot of us are dumb or ignorant with our money. Sorry. No nice talk or "I'm sorry honey" talk here. She teaches us how to live in our means financially. You don't need designer clothes, a big house, lots of stuff to fill it, a really nice car, etc. Most of us would love that. I know I would. I personally have lived in small places all my life so living in a bigger place is my goal. I want some elbow room! But if it isn't in our means financially...oh well.
And she isn't saying we can't have that. She is saying we don't need that. Especially if we can't afford it. Pretty much, stop spending beyond your means. Which a lot of people do; especially with credit cards. While reading this book, all I kept saying to myself was, 'Oh man...I do that...But I don't want to give that up!!' But I know deep down I need to in order to see myself and my family financially clean. No debt. Have a savings built up. Able to give to charities especially during the holidays. Since reading this book, I have gotten our finances in much better order. And I am proud of myself for that:)
I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book. Bottom line, I think this is a must have for every person, couple, and family out there. Weather you are in debt or not. If your not, great! This book will teach you and help you how to avoid debt with common sense strategies and biblical wisdom. And if you are in dept, this book will be a real eye opener. A real kick in the pants. But you will come out of it. Amie Streater will tell you what you need to get rid of, stop doing, and start doing. It won't be easy. It'll be challenging, trust me! But it is completely worth it. This book is a must have.
Although at times what I read wasn't easy because Amie was saying what needed to do and I didn't want to do, but after finally relenting and doing it. I was proud of myself. This book is hard to read at times because we get told things we don't want to hear; but it is very inspirational. It really is a tremendous help. And when you save money and pay your bills, you feel better about yourself and more relaxed. Who doesn't want that?
I recommend this book to every person I know and meet.
I received this book for review from BookSneeze.com
"Your Money, God's Way" by Amie Streamer was not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a How To book on finances. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find a How Come book on finances. Amie Streamer explores the 7 most common myths that keep people (in particular christians) broke. I have no doubt in my mind that should Amie Streamer and I ever meet we would become instant BFFs because I love her hammer on your thick skull approach. Why are you broke? Cuz you were dumb BUT God is gracious and you can get out of this mess even though it will be hard. By the end of "Your Money, God's Way" I felt very ready to re-estabish a realistic budget and quite enpowered. The last chapters do give a bit of How To so that you aren't left hanging. Good Read!!
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Another book about Christian stewardship? This was my first thought. I am glad I decided to read it anyway. Having been through the pit of bad financial choices once in life, I can tell you that living within your means is a wonderful, peaceful, happy way of life! I wish I had read this book 30 years ago. Perhaps I would not have been through all I went through financially.
The subtitle of the book is Oversoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke. The writer covers these myths very clearly in everyday terms that anyone can understand. You do not have to be a genius to read and implement the principles in this book. It is simple to understand.
I liked the fact that she uses stories to illustrate her points and that she brings the Bible, the foremost authority on every issue in life, into each chapter. At the end of each chapter she reviews with short summary sentences (something you can type up and put on your refrigerator or at your desk to remind you of what you have learned). She also has Solution Steps at the end of each chapter...things you can do to help better your financial situation now. And they are not just money related steps...she includes thinking questions, writing questions, Bible study questions.
Her story of a lady who did not have the money but bought an expensive refrigerator and then came to the church to get help for her bills was priceless. "But God told me to buy it, " she said. How often have we as Christians used that expression lightly and carelessly to justify our own decisions poorly made. The writer again goes to the Bible for the answer. Proverbs10:22 says "The blessings of the Lord have no sorrow attached." That one verse memorized would save people much sorrow when they are trying to make a financial decision.
I loved this book and plan on using it as a resource in homeschooling as well as presenting it to my own church as a small group study. I highly recommend this book.
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Not another "give God more of your money" message, I thought, even as I agreed to read this book. Books about personal finance that include God's name in the title often leave me cold, since they seem to appeal to our residual guilt to build support for increased giving to a church or a religious organization.
I am happy to report that this message of thoughtful financial management is very much for real. If we adopt a reasonable and God-centered approach to not just how we spend money, but why we are spending it in certain ways, we will be able to live healthier lifestyles, physically, socially, and spiritually. The primary message focuses on seven "counterfeit convictions" which have been fine-tuned over years of working as an ordained minister whose primary function is helping people and couples break unhealthy spending patterns.
The book uses a strategic and effective "tough love" approach which is shared in detail throughout the book. The approach spares neither the negligent nor the "trust in God" types. Methods are based on solid Biblical foundations, but we are not blindly told to rely on the Lord to solve our money problems.
Chapter titles such as "Self-Righteous Slackers", "God is an ATM", and "The Scarlett Syndrome" give you the general drift of this insightful and helpful approach.
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Your Money Gods Way by Amie Streater is a straight-forward treatise, written by the author to change our thinking about money. Her contention is that Christians especially have thought incorrectly about finances for way too long and its time to renew our minds with wisdom and what the Bible truly advocates.While I cant say Your Money Gods Way brought anything super new to the table for me, it is a very solid book.Streaters main thrust is that its Gods will for us to live without financial stress and worry. She recognizes that financial problems are rarely about money and she brings the reader through a myriad of common misconceptions about finances. In the course of discussion, she covers laziness, bailing others out, get rich quick schemes, unsound business opportunities, impulsiveness, taking crazy risks and more.My favorite aspect of this book is the Solution Steps Streater provides. On average, there are about a dozen at the end of each chapter. And if thats not enough, proving that shes a list person, Streater incorporates lists throughout many of the chapterslists that spur actions you can take when faced with various types of financial decisions.The last chapter was my favorite, being the most concrete, with examples of budget styles for people in different financial situations.All in all, I cant say this book changed my life, but I would recommend it, especially if youre looking for a solid book on finances. If nothing else, this is the sort of book worth taking off your shelf during a time of decision to work through the lists she provides, to help clarify your next move.Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.