For many years, Ron Blue has been helping Christians get their finances in order and to live a Kingdom-focused life. In this book, he and his daughter, Karen Guess, lay out a simple framework for managing finances.
They begin by pointing out how money and life are tied together and just as importantly, God and money are linked:
His wisdom applies to your money.
His work in your heart is tied to your financial struggles and victories.
His Word applies to every part of your life, including money.
His “why” can inform your “how,” transforming your money story.
We all have a pie–a pool of money–to start with. We begin with our income and savings no matter how great or small, and then there is our debt, and spending habits. While all of our “pies” are of differing sizes, the principles of management are the same. That is why it seems strange that we might know one person with very little who is very content and one with great wealth who never seems to have enough. Each of us going to be more like one of these two and the question is are we living content or always running short.
The book weaves very practical advice with some great stories to connect with the reader and helps us divide that pie into inequal pieces, the largest being live and the others falling into place based on this one.
The pieces are:
Live: Spend less than you can because every success in your financial life depends upon this habit.
Give: Give generously because giving breaks the power of money.
Owe Debt: Avoid debt because debt always mortgages the future.
Owe Taxes: Pay taxes with gratitude because they indicate God’s provision.
Grow: Set long-term goals because there is always a trade-off between short-term and long-term.
Simple steps are laid out–small, but incrementally more powerful–that enable one to grow into a Kingdom-focused life no matter where they are beginning. The reading is interesting, and the teaching is very helpful. I am by no means one who can say I’ve always had my life together financially and Kingdom-focused, but this book provides great help for anyone–even me–to live contently with a Kingdom-focused life.
I received a free copy of this book from BH Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review here.