I bought this book for a Christian Finance Homeschool course for my daughter, planning on doing the book as a family. 6 chapters are all we could take! The contradictions and obvious bias Mr. Alcorn has against wealth was hard to take---add to that his obsession with obsessing about money! What do I mean by that?---well, in the first few chapters he establishes that materialism and asceticism can both cause one to be obsessed with money or lack of. But as the chapters go on, he never establishes the middle ground. Even if you are monetarily successful, he still advocates shopping at second hand thrift stores and buying used. Why? This seems obsessive and overly focused on money and saving a few pennies to me. Honestly, I don't think Mr. Alcorn has every worked for commission or in retail---otherwise he wouldn't advocate being totally cheap about purchases and living. I agree with being generous with giving if you are successful, but there is SO much to this book that seems I can't agree with that we will no longer be using this for a Finance curriculum for our daughter---SHE was very offended at much she read.
I've read many financial books, both secular and faith-based, and consider myself reasonably well-versed on money issues, both theological and financial. I bought this book on the advice of a speaker at a recent church conference. I'm glad I did. Although I have not finished reading it, Mr. Alcorn's book is several cuts above many others available in book stores. I believe I am reading what will eventually be considered a "classic" on this topic. It is well-researched, well-constructed, thought-provoking, challenging, and biblically sound. Mr. Alcorn is also refreshing in his willingness to express his reservations with what is his opinion when he is not 100% sure of biblical interpretation or instruction, alerting and allowing the reader latitude to evaluate his analysis.I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to live his or her life in a manner so as to walk the walk while on this earth and one day in the future hear the words "Well done, good and faithful servant..."Of less importance, I also like the design of the book, its font type and the paper on which it is printed. My eyes are not what they once were, and despite the relatively small font, I am having no problem reading the book.
Absolutely rocked my world. There is definitely no better book on the topic of money/possessions than this one. It is the best book I've ever read period and I can't wait to re-read it over and over as a reminder until I die. Thank you Mr. Alcorn.