One of the touchiest subjects in the world…money.
Opinions abound on how it should be managed — and they certainly couldn’t be contained in a blog post!
But Tommy Brown has done a good job at getting over one of the hurdles in this area. He has taken seven prominent characters of the Bible, all of whom seemed to have different personalities, management styles and spending habits. With each of these historical persons, he lays out a “money type” — one or more of which we should each relate to. Then he delves into the details of one after the other, which both assists in the reader understanding him or herself better and also how to understand others (once you know their type).
The overall message that I gathered was God has uniquely gifted all of us to be stewards of His money in a variety of ways. Our relationship to money should reflect our relationship to God and to others. How we respond to money shines a light on how God designed us.
“If we align the ways we think, feel, and act financially with how God designed us, we become his partners through our use of money to impact the world in profound ways.”
Interestingly, the author also broaches the “shadow side” of each money type — whether it’s a tendency for self-dependency or subtle manipulation. Making sure we’re aware of our shadow sides is important, too, so we can be better prepared for situations in which they arise and have tools for combating them.
“Now I’ve discovered the key to financial well-being is to cease striving for what you do not have and to reach deeper into who you are, into who God designed you to be, and to start your journey there. Then as you continually mature as a person of faith, your experience of how you handle money will deepen. And as you handle money differently, your faith experience will also deepen. Each makes an impact on the other because money matters are a primary space where we learn to trust God. God and money will begin to work together to give voice to your soul’s longings as God uses your relationship to money to bring hope and healing into the world.”
There is an official quiz the reader will take, which helps as you read along, already knowing what your money type is. If you’re curious, I tied between Jacob and Aaron!
I appreciated this book and have plans for using it for teams I manage. Should be enlightening!
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