Friday, June 17, 2011

Randy Alcorn's Managing God's Money - Financial Advice From the Bible

From Tyndale:
        God cares a great deal more about our money than most of us imagine. The sheer enormity of Scripture’s teaching on this subject screams for our attention. In fact, Jesus says more about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than about any other topic—including both heaven and hell. In Managing God's Money, Randy Alcorn breaks down exactly what the Bible has to say about how we are to handle our money and posessions in a simple, easy-to-follow format. Filled with Scripture references, Managing God's Money is the perfect reference tool for anyone who is interested in gaining a solid biblical understanding of money, possessions, and eternity.

My Review:

Want to know how to view your money from God’s vantage point? Read Managing God’s Money. This isn’t a book about what investments to make or how to squirrel away money. Rather it is teaching how to look at the finances God has given to each person in light of eternity. Randy points out that every Christian at the end of his life is going to give an account to God as to how he used the funds with which God entrusted him.

Randy begins with pointing out that god expects His children to be faithful in the management of however much they have – whether it be millions of dollars or just dollars. The way a person handles dollars dictates the way he will handle millions of dollars. He continues by pointing out that God owns everything anyway; we are but caretakers of those possessions. God expects us to take care of His belongings but not grow so attached to them that they become too important to us.

Randy breaks down each chapter into subsections by stating a question. Chapter 4 titled “Money Is Bad: A False Spirituality” is covered with the following questions: Does the Bible say money is evil? Is it possible to both follow God and make money? Is it right for Christians to have material possessions and enjoy them? Answers to these questions and many more like them help the Christian to get an adjusted view of money.

Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Prior to starting EPM, he served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has spoken around the world and taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah University and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Randy is the best-selling author of over 40 books. His seven fiction books include the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home.  His nonfiction works include The Treasure Principle; Heaven; and If God is Good. Randy has written for many magazines and has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs.

The father of two married daughters, Randy lives in Oregon, with his wife and best friend, Nanci. They are the proud grandparents of four grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research and reading.

I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for this review. The exchange does not require me to write a positive review.

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