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Posted December 6, 2011
Tremendous Practical Advice
This book strikes an excellent balance in presenting a series of practical financial choices that everyone faces in our day to day lives in the context of scriptural priorities. Especially in light of the current turmoil on Wall Street and Main Street, this is a "must read" in emphasizing a framework where we set our priorities and then arrange our giving, saving, and spending patterns to be consistent with our stated goals. Thank you, Matt, for the great clarity in which this is presented and the down to earth examples you use in illustrating the options people have in arranging their finances.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2009
A good tool!
Money, Purpose, Joy, Matt BellWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A golfer with money problems, now that I can relate to!
I really enjoyed Matt Bell's practical and down to earth approach to solving personal financial dilemmas. He offers wisdom from God's word, practical advice, good tools and helps online (and also a handy workbook, for an extra cost). I was particularly challenged by his method for handling debt. Also at the end of every chapter the author offers a summary of the content included in the previous chapter along with a couple practical suggestions or action steps for applying the concepts mentioned in the chapter.
The action steps are very do-able. They are based on just one or two easy ideas that can count up to real change. They can be implemented with just a few easy adjustments to lifestyle.
Matt Bell also does an analysis of the type of spending / saving we tend to do that really helps us understand the differences or tensions that can come up in marriages or families. Are you a "Shopper", "Stockpiler" or a "Builder"? The answer to this can help with many family stresses.
Also the book includes several spending guides to give you an idea of how you are doing in conjunction to spending on housing, groceries, giving, saving, eating out etc. These are inline with healthy lifestyles. I found them encouraging to my values and reasonable to make changes.
In the age when there are so many "Success Stories" in relation to Money Management (Dave Ramsey, Crown, Generous Giving, etc) it was encouraging to read stories of success that have been born out of weakness & struggle.
Check out the Website www.moneypurposejoy.com
Posted October 22, 2008
Overall this is an outstanding book. Very easy to read with great personal stories and practical financial insight. There are guides to tracking spending, living on a budget, and doing it all with long-term life goals as the ultimate target. Really makes the reader stop and consider what life is all about and then plan financial issues around life. I am often turned off by the reference of companies, websites, and such. But many of the recommendations in this book are so practical that I don't think I would remove any. So very nice use. Also, quotations from various people, books, and movies are right on target for driving home points in a very relevant way. This keeps the reader engaged. I'm recommending this book to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.