Faith & Finances – Book Review

by Jason on May 5, 2010

Faith & Finances: In God We Trust

A Journey to Financial Dependence

Happy Cinco De Mayo!  I thought I’d celebrate with a book review!

Once in a while a publisher or promotion specialist will email bloggers and ask for a review of their book in exchange for a free copy.

One thing about me that you may not know is that I love books!   So, any chance at a free book is right up my alley.

Faith & Finances: In God We Trust is kind of a story and devotional combined, written by several different authors.

The set up of the book is different than what I’ve seen out of books before. Basically, this is a twelve chapter story about a wealthy man who learns that he trusts his wealth more than he trusts God.

What I Liked

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book.

Between the chapters of this story are short little devotionals pertaining to what the man is going through that are actually quite good.

A couple of them struck a chord with me and I was surprised at how challenging they were.  For example, Dr. Chris Stocklin writes:

The lifestyle Jesus called His followers to abide was simple.

Christ tells us a believer should be content with food, clothing, housing and drink.  However, the simple lifestyle Jesus desired for his followers counters our current culture which fuels our greed.

Our nation endorses a consumer based economy which can now be defined as a consumer-credit based economy…we buy and spend whether we have the money or not.

The Apostle Paul declared that God would meet our needs – needs being defined by the Holy Scripture – not what current society, retailers or mass marketers would determine.

I was surprised to read stuff like that in this book.
A book that actually takes a shot at our modern evangelicalisms’ American Dream fueled by greed and materialism!

There are many devotionals like this that resonate with me and what I try to write about on this blog.

What I Didn’t Like

A couple of things I did not like about this book:

The Cover

The number one thing I didn’t like is the cover!

I couldn’t tell if the man on the cover was walking with Jesus – or some girl in a bathrobe.

I mean, why does Jesus always get portrayed with long, flowy, 80’s style-crimped hair?

The cover was not screaming for me to read it for sure.

The Flow

The flow of the book was a little tough to figure out at first.  I know it’s meant to be both a devotional and a story, but at first glance it was tough to figure this thing out.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a pretty good little book.  It’s short, easy to read and had some pretty good messages to it.

Learn more about Faith and Finances during April and May while they tour cyberspace. To find other tour stops, visit Book Promotion Services.  For other details about the book or to get more information about Christian Devotions visit FaithandFinances.us. The book is for sale at Amazon.com or order it through your local bookstore.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review.  I did receive a free copy of this book.  If you order through Amazon by clicking the link above I may receive compensation.

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