Thursday, September 22, 2016

Books on Money and Materialism

Money is a difficult subject in today’s world, but a very important one especially for Christians who want to honor God. We live in a materialistic world with quick credit. It’s easy to get into debt and often hard to resist the many “things” we are tempted to buy. Also expenses are high for housing, for college, and for all the “necessary” things to live a good life. The two books reviewed below will help you sort out your own priorities. They will challenge you to think about how you spend your money and how you value your things. They will even help you change your ways!

Money, Possessions and Eternity

By Randy Alcorn

This is an outstanding, well written, comprehensive book clearly explaining biblical truths about money and possessions and clearly exploring the materialism of our culture. Why does the title include “eternity?” Randy Alcorn says “our use of money and possessions is a decisive statement of our eternal values. What we do with our money loudly affirms which kingdom we belong to.” pg. xv  He focuses on the eternal implications throughout the book and says in the introduction that “There is something in this book to offend everyone.” pg. xvi

Money, Possessions and Eternity is 421 pages long and in addition contains practical appendices and a study guide. Alcorn addresses how to manage our money, the importance of giving and giving more than ever, how to set priorities, and how to avoid hoarding. This is a book I will read over and over again.

Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

By Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker designed an experiment to address greed, materialism and indulgence in our culture. The author’s emphasis is on protecting the environment and helping others in need. She and her family and friends limited themselves in 7 areas – one each month. For example, they agreed to wear only seven articles of clothing (not counting underwear) for one month. The other areas were food, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress. Yes, she and her husband ate only seven foods in month number one. 

Hatmaker details their plans and their successes and failures at limiting their way of life. She also details the learning they derived from each month long experiment. The book held my interest, it’s well written, with humor. The chapter on stress is excellent and offered a way to practice being still – with prayer seven times a day. This book seemed somewhat contrived – yet is worth reading.

Don’t worry about things, Saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  Matthew 6:31-33 NLT

Blessings, Dottie

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