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Surviving Financial Meltdown: Confident Decisions in an Uncertain World

Surviving Financial Meltdown: Confident Decisions in an Uncertain World

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by Ron Blue, Jeremy L. White
In troubled economic circumstances, people are looking for practical help and deeper spiritual perspective. Written in a non-threatening and easy-to-read format, Surviving Financial Meltdown provides a blueprint laid out by financial experts, Ron Blue and Jeremy White, of biblically-based financial principles to implement during both calm and


In troubled economic circumstances, people are looking for practical help and deeper spiritual perspective. Written in a non-threatening and easy-to-read format, Surviving Financial Meltdown provides a blueprint laid out by financial experts, Ron Blue and Jeremy White, of biblically-based financial principles to implement during both calm and crisis.
Surviving Financial Meltdown provides the key four principles to financial success. It addresses many of the fears that people feel when it comes to finances. And it provides assistance in determining short and long term financial goals.
Surviving Financial Meltdown also addresses specifically what to do and what not to do in challenging economic times. It gives practical advice for everyday financial decisions. Includes an Appendix with over 40 money-saving ideas.

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Meet the Author

Following his graduation from Indiana University with a Masters of Business Administration degree, Ron joined the management group of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and worked with the firm in New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco.

In 1970, Ron founded an Indianapolis-based CPA firm that has grown to be one of the 50 largest CPA firms in the United States. Leaving the CPA firm in 1977, Ron became Administrative Vice President of Leadership Dynamics International. While with Leadership Dynamics, he was involved in developing and teaching Biblically-based leadership and management seminars in the United States and Africa.

Convinced that Christians would better handle their personal finances if they were counseled objectively with the highest technical expertise and from a Biblical perspective, he founded a financial planning firm in 1979. That firm grew to manage over $2 billion in assets for its more than 5,000 clients nationwide with a staff of over 175 people in 14 regional offices.

Ron retired from the financial planning firm in 2003 in order to lead Kingdom Advisors, an international effort to equip and motivate Christian financial professionals to serve the body of Christ by implementing biblical wisdom in their lives and practices, resulting in financial freedom and increased giving by thousands of dollars and thousands of Christians around the world.

Ron is the author of seventeen books on personal finance from a Biblical perspective, including the best-seller, Master Your Money, first published in 1986 and now in its thirtieth printing, Wealth to Last, co-authored with Larry Burkett, and his most recent book, Faith Based Family Finances. He isfeatured in the popular, six-part Master Your Money video series, produced by Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and used in over 5,500 churches across the country.

Ron has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including Focus on the Family, Family News in Focus, The 700 Club, Prime Time America, and Moody Radio Open Line. He is a regular contributor to several national Christian magazines. Ron has also testified before a senate subcommittee.

Ron currently serves on the Board of Directors of Campus Crusade for Christ, Crown Financial Ministries, and The National Christian Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Maclellan Foundation and The Sandra and William B. Johnson Foundation, Inc. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Family Research Council, Promise Keepers, Insight for Living, The Medical Institute, and Walk Thru the Bible Ministries.

In 2002, Ron received the Honors award from the Georgia Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). In 2003, he received the honored designation of Distinguished Entrepreneur from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, his alma mater.

Ron and Judy live in Atlanta. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.

Jeremy White has been a certified public accountant since 1988, with financial experience in public accounting and industry. He's currently practicing as a partner with Blythe, White & Associates, a certified public accounting and consulting firm in Paducah, Kentucky. He is a Kingdom Advisors Qualified Member.

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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
I did not order this book, nor did I receive it for review purposes. It came unsolicited in the mail. I assume that it was sent out free to various people, and perhaps to everyone, on Focus on the Family's mailing list. When it arrived, I decided that I ought to go ahead and read it, but I kept putting it off and putting it off, again and again, and finally had to make myself read it because the subject matter is something in which, to be honest, I am totally disinterested, although I must admit that Blue and White try to make what could be dull and dry reading a little more interesting with their humor. While I understand that the Bible does contain general principles which should govern the financial decisions of those who wish to please the Lord, I am always leery of any book which claims, or even seems to claim, that it contains a "divine plan" of ordering one's finances so that if you just follow some "three-step Biblical program to prosperity" God will automatically make you healthy, wealthy, and wise. It is always easy to find a financial scheme that appears s to be successful and then go to the scriptures in an attempt to find justification for it. To be fair, this book does not necessarily do that. On the one hand, the authors do say, "These four financial principles are so simple that they may easily be overlooked..They were outlined thousands of years ago in the Bible." But they also admit, ".Every spending decision fits into one of these five uses, or categories. How much of your money should go into each category? We can't give you exact amounts. The Bible doesn't command us to dedicate a certain percentage to each area..You'll need to study these and then decide.what to allocate to each." So there is room for individual application. The book doesn't come across with an "if you don't do it exactly the way we suggest, then you're sinning against the Lord's teaching" attitude. And, in fact, it does contain some very good practical advice on taking a financial physical, setting goals, spending and saving, avoiding (unnecessary) debt, and investing wisely. Notice I inserted the word "unnecessary" before debt. There are some, even in the homeschooling movement, who teach, or at least leave the impression, that to borrow money and be in debt under any circumstances is a sin. Blue and White, while wisely counseling the kind of extended personal debt so common in our materialistic society, do list as one of their "key beliefs" that "Borrowing is not a sin." Like any other work by men, there may be things which some people will not find applicable to their personal situation, so take those suggestions which do apply and ignore those which don't. A free discussion guide for this book can be downloaded from Christian Book Guides. It might serve as a good resource for a homeschool study of economics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to your readers. Very practical things to do for your future. I have given this book to two of my friends and they to enjoyed it.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
Financial how-to books can be very daunting and confusing. This one wasn't. It is written for the average person with clear ideas and biblical references. Everyone knows especially in this current financial climate that they "should be" saving, spending wisely, investing, and just generally being very careful with their money. BUT, ah the big but, most people find it intimidating so they don't do it, they ignore the advice. I think that this book will help bring the big intimidating monster down to a manageable size and make money management a "can do" rather than a "can't do". I liked principle that they used in the chapter "40 Money Saving Tips" that it's wiser to save already taxed dollars then to work a second job and have to pay the taxes on that money too before it can be used. There is also a some work pages with questions that help to establish your real goals, dreams, and what you are actually willing to do to work towards them. The visual examples of how money and budgeting works are also simple and easy for anyone to grasp. For instance in Chapter 6 instead of listing all the imaginable places to spend money they categorize everything into 5 main uses: Giving, Taxes, Saving/investing, short-term debt repayment, lifestyle choices. How easy is that! If you are going to spend some money it will obviously fall into one of the categories no matter what the reason is. This is a good book about money management and how to survive the currant as well as the future economic turndowns. If you start now, this one will be survivable and the next one won't hit you as hard because of course, there will be a next one.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
This small book is user-friendly and filled with beneficial
information. It is set up so you can keep referring to the parts most useful to you over and over again. This book left me with so many practical tips and it was easy to understand, which gives me hope in these uncertain times.

This book is 127 pages of very practical, encouraging and helpful tips on how to weather the financial storms of life, no matter what they maybe. Jesus said, "In this life you will have trouble". He did promise to be with us in the storm. We have a choice to believe that and seek His comfort or go it alone. Our attitude will affect how we go through any storm. We choose our attitude, approach and response to these storms. It will affect the outcome. I loved how they explained this in the book.

If we buy into the fear the media feeds us, we can overreact to any situation. Ron Blue says "You don't have to react to your changing financial climate. You can thrive during economic uncertainty. How we respond to unexpected events of life will directly and indirectly affect our personal finances." And everything else in our life, for that matter.

Ron Blue and Jeremy White, CPA, agree it's not easy, but being constant and disciplined to meet your goals, will pay off huge in the long run.

This book was easy to read and I found the instructional help I
needed. I loved the 'Information' boxes used throughout this book. These boxes made it easy to go back to facts as I needed them to generate new financial habits.

Some of the Topics are:

4 Things to do if you've heard your bank may fail
6 incredible promises from God to Remember in tough times
7 Websites to visit for helpful personal finance resources
8 Things not to skimp on during tough economic times
5 Places to find Extra Cash to Build your emergency fund

(Several more boxes are through out the book - very useful and encouraging)

There is a large chapter on investments and investing. It shows you how to deal with the situation you have and what to do with investments in the future.

There's a great chapter at the end of the book on 40 money-saving tips that you'll be referring to often. There are great money tips that are easy to apply to your life and save right away. I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by this book and you will be too. There is something for everyone.

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