Booksneeze Review: Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater

Following Blair’s example, I have signed up at Booksneeze.com to get free books then review them, here it goes for my first one.  It has taken me 5 months to finish the review, so I’m not earning that many new books.  Oh well.

Title: Your Money God’s Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke

Author: Amie Streater

RATING: 6/10 on the Blair-o-meter.

Your Money God’s Way goes through seven different myths that Christians buy into that negatively impact their finances.  The author makes great use of stories from her ministry to pass on practical and common sense advice about managing your money.  The author also has walked an interesting path when it comes to money management and humbly offers up many stories from her own life as both good and bad examples.

I enjoyed the book, even if I had run across many of the concepts in other places.    Much of the book doesn’t apply to me – or maybe it does and I’m not yet ready to admit it!  There are a lot of good thougts especially in her chapter on how enabling those around us can ruin us financially, as well as the chapter on generosity and giving.

I’m making an assumption here, but I’m thinking the author works in a fairly large church.  I’m just thinking that because any church who has an “associate pastor of financial stewardship” must have some size.  Because of this I was suspicious of how she would look at how a Christian should use her money.  My cynical side thought she might lean more towards thoughts and opinions that would somehow justify her (& me!) being rich and holding on to much of our wealth.  Maybe somewhere deep down I was hoping she would.   Although I don’t think she dealt with that concept completely,  I do think the book urges readers towards a life of responsibility with their finances and towards generosity, which is always a good thing.

 

Reading This Week

  • Long Lost – Harlen Coben
  • Patrick – Stephen R. Lawhead
  • The Goalie Mask – Mike Leonetti
  • Where’s My Hockey Sweater? Gilles Tibo, Bruno St-Aubin
  • That’s Hockey – David Bouchard & Dean Griffiths (this is a great kid’s hockey book)
  • Gretzky’s Game – Mike Leonetti

List of Louis L’amour Novels

Ever wondered how many of Louis’ books you own or have read?  Here’s the list:

List of Louis L’amour Novels (.doc file)

Something to depend on

Looking for something solid in these turbulent times?  Something that doesn’t change?  Something reliable? 

Take the following steps:

  1. Find Used Book Store
  2. Search out “Western” section
  3. Choose book by Louis L’amour
  4. Buy book for approximately $2.
  5. Read book over next 24 hours.

Now that’s something you can count on. 

My latest(this past Wednesday) was “The Empty Land”.

Reading now

What I’ve been filling night shift time with for the past few weeks… following the adventures of Dirk Pitt.clive cussler

Book trade?

In the spirit of hippy recycling evironmentalism – Can somebody send me Plan B by Anne Lamott? I’ll pay you back the postage some day, or I’ll send you something from my library after I dig it out of my shed…

Night

I started Night by Elie Wiesel on my flights back home. Basically a chronicle of a young boy’s journey and survival through Nazi death camps. It’s a horrible little book – the author says in the preface that he couldn’t find the right words or enough words – but his words are bad enough – the reality must have been… I don’t know. I made it through a few chapters and had to take a break.

In the first few paragraphs – before the real misery of the story begins there was some very interesting quotes.

“He explained to me, with great emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer…
Man comes closer to God through the questions he asks Him, he liked to say. Therein lies true dialogue. Man asks and God replies. But we don’t understand His replies. We cannot understand them. Because they dwell in the depths of our sould and remain there until we die. The real answers, Eliezer, you will find only within yourself.”

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