Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading quite a few books. Here’s what I think about the books I’ve read.
Hey, I guess this would be a good place to mention (since people reading this post likely enjoy reading) that I’m in the initial stages of writing another book.
I’m going to be exploring the topic of success and its impact on us as Christians.
- How much of our circumstances are the results of our actions, and how much is the result of God’s gift to us?
- How do we live lives faithful to go in the midst of such a success-oriented culture?
- I also hope to be able to sort through the truths and lies of self help.
I’ll be doing a lot of reading and studying on the topic, so if you want to suggest a book or article, send me an email (mhforc at gmail dot com) or leave a comment.
Christian Finance Books
The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
As I’ve been reading the book, I wonder how easily we can be blinded to sickness, poverty, and suffering. I’ve spent the last six years living in a developing nation, but I’ve still felt compelled to see if there is more we (individuals and churches) can and should be doing to fight against this form of injustice.
If you’ve never traveled outside of the US, I highly recommend this book as it will help you get a full picture of world poverty.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about ‘solutions to poverty’. I’m even in the process of planning a trip to visit with some folks at Healing Hands International so I can ask them what they’ve found works and doesn’t work when helping the poor.
Consumer Detox by Mark Powley
This is going to be a strange endorsement. If you’re not going to buy my book Transforming Your Financial Diet, then you absolutely should read Consumer Detox. Why? Because a lot of the things he talks about seem to parallel some of the things I try to communicate in my book.
If you’re finding yourself overworked and overspending, then this book might be a valuable light in your journey.
Neither Poverty nor Riches by Craig Blomberg
This is definitely the most comprehensive scholarly overview I’ve read on the topic of Christian finances. If you come from a scholarly background, you’ll probably enjoy the depth that Blomberg explores. However, this book is not for the faint of heart as it assumes a strong background in biblical scholarship.
Wealth as Peril and Obligation by Sondra Wheeler
This is another scholarly work that has tremendously valuable content. However, there are also some sections that discuss methodology that just made my head hurt and brain melt. I tried reading it on the plane, but it must be read in a quiet office. If you want to dig deeper in some key texts about money, this book will help you discover some new Biblical insights.
Jesus and Money by Ben Whitherington
Of all the books I’ve read on the topic, I feel like this one is the easiest read from a respected biblical scholar. If you want to read about the topic from a Bible scholar instead of a financial geek, then this would be where I suggest you start the search.
Radical by David Platt
This book was a gift from an MH4C reader – thanks! If you want to be challenged, read this book. If you’re struggling with being neither hot nor cold, then you should read this book. I liked to be challenged as it helps me grow. Platt is not afraid to address the serious issues that are negatively impacting the church in America.
Your Money Map by Howard Dayton
A highly practical book by a man with a lot of wisdom. If you’re at the point where you realize your finances are a mess and you need to start digging, then this book will be helpful pointing you in the right direction and helping you establish a financial plan.
Crown has a long term financial plan called the Money Map. The other option is the popular steps Dave Ramsey talks about in Your Total Money Makeover (which I highly recommend for folks in debt).
Tithing by Douglas Leblanc
This books shares stories of those who have grown through the process of tithing.
On my reading list:
I’ve downloaded Money the Acid Test by David Mc Conaughy, but I haven’t read it yet. This is a book that I’ve heard Howard Dayton talk about a few times, and since I was able to get a free copy that I could read with my Kindle app, I decided I should read it.
$100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau
If you’re considering starting up a home based small business, I think you’d be foolish to do it without reading this book. It’s highly practical and has some very encouraging stories. I don’t come from a business background so I wish I would have read this book when I started blogging.
Platform by Michael Hyatt
This is another book I highly recommend. If you are trying to communicate something to someone, then this book will help. It’s about getting heard in a busy world, and we all know there are a ton of voices competing for our attention.
Tribes by Seth Godin
This is an old book, but one that I found insightful (as is most stuff that Godin writes). I’m trying to learn how to create a tribe!
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
Since I’m doing Transforming Your Financial Diet Workshops at churches, I thought this book would be a helpful resource. And it is. If you do any form of coaching or consultations, this book is packed full with practical advice on how to book more appointments.
I’ve also been listening to Timothy Keller and John Piper podcasts, and I’ve been able to spiritually grow through the lessons I’ve heard from these godly men.
Do you have any questions or want more details on any of the books I’ve mentioned? What books have you read recently that you’d like to recommend?