There probably is a good reason why there aren't many books about Christians managing their finances (and/or debt) in there market, but I don't know them. Walk into any bookstore and the most of the Christianity section is stacked with books on Christian Living while books on Money are all in the business section far at the other end of the shop.This book is definitely unique (well, for me anyway), in that it talks about money matters like debt and overspending from a biblical point of view, and from the experience of the writer. The best thing about the book is that the writer tells it as it is. I've read far too many books that try to be nice and mollycoddle the readers, but here, she does not mince her words. Which is what most people need - getting in thousands of dollars in credit card debt while having a WRONG perception of God's provision is serious business.Surely there are many out there who need to read this book, it would have also benefited me had I read it many years ago.
Talking about money is not something Christian typically tend to think about unless we are discussing tithing and giving to missions. For most of us, it is also not something we receive much training in therefore we develop a lot of misconceptions fed to us by the consumer world. Your Money Gods Way is a wonderful book written by Amie Streater that helps us to overcome the money myths that tend to keep us broke or wishing we had more to spare. Amy comes from a position of experience. She was once living a very good life with all the luxuries but barely had enough to make the payments on her bills and support the lifestyle she was living. This book gives us some solid advice with a good Christian background, much like the well known financial planning series by David Ramsey. According to Ramsey, Amie delivers a powerful message of common sense and biblical wisdom that todays churchgoers desperately need.The book is written in a format that addresses common myths that we believe about money, including scriptural references throughout the book. Each chapter ends with a prayer to help us focus on the correct issues and gives us solutions for making changes in our current situation. I think that every Christian should consider the concepts of this book to improve upon our financial standard of living.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
I've read several financial books over the years, from Dave Ramsey to Suze Orman. While many financial books (such as theirs) focus on the practicalities of money management, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Streater's book digs down deeper to address the emotional triggers behind money management (or mis-management) while also providing practical advice.Streater is an associate pastor of financial stewardship for a church in Colorado, but her knowledge of making poor decisions regarding money comes firsthand. In the book she shares her own struggles with credit card debt and living way beyond her means. Her journey from debt to financial freedom has, I believe, given her greater credibility and makes her more relatable, which is a definite plus when dealing with what can be a very touchy subject.Steater discusses seven myths that Christians often buy into (no pun intended) when it comes to dealing with money. She counters these myths with plenty of Biblical truths, which I appreciated. She shares stories of some of the people she's counseled over the years and discusses the myths they were buying into and the mistakes they made with their finances. At the end of each chapter she provides some summary points to remember and gives a list of solution steps to take to help put what you've read into action. There's also a prayer at the end of each chapter.Books on finance can sometimes be rather dry, but I enjoyed Streater's honest, heartfelt writing style. She isn't afraid to tell it like it is but rather than feeling like I'd been beatdown about my finances, I felt encouraged to take more responsibility and make some positive changes as a result.
I HIGHLY suggest reading this book. While we are 'pretty good' with our money, this book made so many great points about God providing for us. It is up to us to recognize this and do what is honoring to God with the money he has already provided. The biggest key is,"don't spend and then think, 'well, God will provide' ". He did, you have to know how to honor Him with the gift He has already given you.
I recently read the book 'Your Money God's Way' by Amie Streater. I am always interested in learning more about money management, especially from a christian standpoint. However, I was somewhat skeptical as I am a Dave Ramsey follower. I was immediately put to ease when I read in the author's preface that she used Dave Ramsey's plan as well. There were many things I liked about the way this book was organized. At the end of each chapter, there is a prayer based on what the chapter was focusing on. Then there is 'God's Way', which reviews the most important points to take away from that chapter, and finally 'Solution Steps', which are simple steps to help you overcome the problem(s) that were focused on in that chapter. The book included the basic fundamentals of money management, with plenty of interesting real-life stories, including the author's experiences. What I was impressed with throughout 'Your Money God's Way' was the amount of scripture reference and how to apply it to your life managing your money. Instead of just the nuts and bolts of how, this book really emphasized the scriptural 'why' of managing your money responsibly to God's glory. Even if you have read many budgeting books in the past, this book is a valuable resource for Christians.