Money, Purpose, Joy: The Proven Path to Uncommon Financial Success


More money, more stuff
Money and things?the more we have, the more we want. Of course, we all know that ?More? is a game that can?t be won. No matter how much we get, it?s never enough. But deep down inside, part of us clings to the hope that the next time will be different?with a little bit more we?ll be happier. So we keep up the pursuit. Fortunately, there?s a better way to manage our money and our lives: Turn toward home.

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More money, more stuff
Money and things—the more we have, the more we want. Of course, we all know that “More” is a game that can’t be won. No matter how much we get, it’s never enough. But deep down inside, part of us clings to the hope that the next time will be different—with a little bit more we’ll be happier. So we keep up the pursuit. Fortunately, there’s a better way to manage our money and our lives: Turn toward home.

Just as the prodigal son wandered from home and squandered his inheritance, so have many of us wandered from the financial home God prepared for us. In this inspiring and instructive book, financial writer and speaker Matt Bell helps you redirect your use of money to meet your deepest longings—to turn toward the life God intends for you. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600062797
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: Living the Letters Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 875,920
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Bell is a popular personal finance speaker and writer. A prodigal-son experience changed the direction of his life, giving him a passion to teach others how to manage money well. Today Matt speaks at churches, businesses, and other venues; serves on the national strategy team for the Willow Creek Association’s Good Sense Ministry; writes three e-newsletters; and has been quoted in major media, such as U.S. News & World Report and the Chicago Tribune.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Where We Are Chapter 1 Wandering from Home 11 Chapter 2 Financially True or False? 19 Chapter 3 Why We've Settled for So Little 29 Part 2 Where We Belong Chapter 4 What Truly Matters 41 Chapter 5 What Matters Most 55 Part 3 How We'll Get There Chapter 6 Finding Joy: An "Irrational" Financial Act 69 Chapter 7 Expressing Hope: An Uncommon Financial Act 83 Chapter 8 Experiencing Freedom: A Brilliant Financial Act 99 Part 4 Help for the Journey Chapter 9 Navigating with a Financial GPS 127 Chapter 10 Teaching Money to Dance: Part 1 145 Chapter 11 Teaching Money to Dance: Part 2 157 Chapter 12 Traveling in Financial Community 173 Conclusion: Welcome Home 183 Acknowledgments 187 Appendix Recommended Monthly Spending Guidelines 191 Notes 195 About the Author 205
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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    A good tool!

    Money, Purpose, Joy, Matt Bell
    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.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    Outstanding Book!

    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.

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