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5 Stars Out Of 5
March 17, 2009
It has been an encouragement for me to read, Money, Purpose, Joy: The Proven Path to Uncommon Financial Success. I was not familiar with the books author, Matt Bell, but he has a new fan now! It is said, your misery becomes your ministry and I believe Matt is an example of that as he begins the book with a relatable testimony that explains how he became an authority on the subject. I appreciated practical aspects of an informative book such as this in terms of providing an outline of what the reader will study as they read, along with end-of-chapter summary points and questions to consider/tasks to perform. In addition, Matt offers fill in the blank worksheets and forms which are effective tools for the audience to utilize. I was specifically encouraged by all the helpful advice about ways to manage our finances. It was written in terms that are easy to comprehend, and even provided interesting perspectives on how to think about, and be in control of, money. Added to basic, yet sound, money management lessons is back-up from Scripture which offers further evidence of how God intended us to be financially responsible. This is a book that everyone can benefit from, but particularly teenagers and young adults, as it gives important life lessons that may help younger readers prevent financial crisis from happening to them. For those who may already be suffering financial woes, Matts book can help!
This book strikes an excellent balance in presenting a series of practical financial choices that everyone faces in our day to day lives in the context of scriptural priorities. Especially in light of the current turmoil on Wall Street and Main Street, this is a must read in emphasizing a framework where we set our priorities and then arrange our giving, saving, and spending patterns to be consistent with our stated goals. Thank you, Matt, for the great clarity in which this is presented and the down to earth examples you use in illustrating the options people have in arranging their finances.
Overall this is an outstanding book. Very easy to read with great personal stories and practical financial insight. There are guides to tracking spending, living on a budget, and doing it all with long-term life goals as the ultimate target. Really makes the reader stop and consider what life is all about and then plan financial issues around life. I am often turned off by the reference of companies, websites, and such. But many of the recommendations in this book are so practical that I don't think I would remove any. So very nice use. Also, quotations from various people, books, and movies are right on target for driving home points in a very relevant way. This keeps the reader engaged. I'm recommending this book to everyone.