Beyond Blessed: God's Perfect Plan to Overcome All Financial StressRobert MorrisFaith Words / 2018 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews Video
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Financial principles behind living generouslyJanuary 7, 2019bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Morris wrote a book over a decade ago on generous living called The Blessed Life. He realized from comments he received from readers that many did not understand the underlying concept of living generously, that one must live within one's means. Hence this book on financial principles.
Morris reminds us we are stewards and not owners of what God has provided for us. He really helps us understand that mindset. I was surprised that the stewardship is not only of external things like money and possessions, but also internal things, like our mind, soul, and body. He also reminds us that our stewardship of our possessions (keeping our car looking nice, our lawn mowed) testifies to others, showing how we care for what God has put in our care.
Other aspects of this book I really appreciated include his teaching on the trap of immediate gratification. He has an excellent section on the buy now pay later philosophy and what contentment really is. He also has good lessons on a poverty mentality as well as the mindset of materialism and how they are deceptive.
Morris does not provide detailed instructions on actions, such as making a budget. He notes that there are many online resources to create a budget. His purpose here is to inspire people to get started living within their means and commit to a disciplined lifestyle.
I recommend this book to Christians who want to understand the principles behind good stewardship of finances that leads to the blessed life of living generously. Gratitude is an important one, for example. Even though Morris does write about finances, this book concentrates on the biblical principles behind our wise stewardship of what God has put in our care.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Beyond BlessedOctober 30, 2018MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Beyond Blessed" by Robert Morris is a good read and encouragement to use money for God's glory and advancing His kingdom. Around 250 pages, the author addresses many topics, including:
1. The problem of ingratitude.
2. The importance of delayed gratification (no, you do not need to have everything you want when you want it!).
3. Being content with what you have.
4. Being a good financial steward is a powerful testimony of your Christian faith.
5. Importance of having and writing down a financial vision for your life.
6. Importance of budgeting.
7. Danger of debt and borrowing.
Full of good information and written from a Christian perspective, the book flows smoothly from chapter to chapter and is overall a good read. I was given a review copy by Faith Words in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.
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