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The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience
     

The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience

by Mike Slaughter, Karen Perry Smith
 

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Every Christian knows that we are called to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. But what about our wallet? We are asked to open it every Sunday when the offering basket comes by and are told that giving is a way of being a "good steward," but what about spending money at a restaurant or grocery store? Best-selling author Mike Slaughter offers a

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Every Christian knows that we are called to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. But what about our wallet? We are asked to open it every Sunday when the offering basket comes by and are told that giving is a way of being a "good steward," but what about spending money at a restaurant or grocery store? Best-selling author Mike Slaughter offers a comprehensive look at how Christians use their money in The Christian Wallet. Slaughter explores today's culture of consumerism and the impact of what we buy, asking difficult questions about morality and money.The Christian Wallet helps Christians grapple with important questions about stewardship: how we spend, how we live, how we save, how we give, and what it all means. Questions for individual or group study are also included with each chapter.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/09/2015
Slaughter (Upside Living in a Downsize Economy), lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio, puts forth a comprehensive analysis of faithful and unfaithful relationships with money. Within three sections—“How We Live,” “How We Spend,” and “How We Work”—chapters cover such varied topics as our “Culture of Consumerism,” “Generosity,” “Responsible Investing,” and “Choosing Our Neighbors.” Each chapter includes questions for reflection and a boxed section devoted to how an individual or family can uphold the highlighted values. For example, “Taxes and the Common Good” closes with a profile of Tony Hall, a devout Christian who lives out his faith in government service. “What we do with our money matters to God,” Slaughter says, and he offers familiar advice on budgeting and reducing debt, he addresses the concern that charity “can sometimes do more harm than good,” he explores the benefits of churches partnering with nonprofits and government, and he urges Christians to respond to the call to be “investors in God’s economic priorities.” A cringe-worthy section on Christians’ reputation as miserly tippers urges generosity “in every day life.” Helpful resources, compelling research, and motivating stories make this a practical, thought-provoking, and often entertaining book. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

The Christian Wallet goes beyond the usual concerns of skimpy offerings to delve deep into the hows and whys of spending, giving, and living in the twenty-first century. The result is a book that will engage your conscience, clarify your thinking, and change the way you think about just about everything. I’m already living differently as a result of reading this book. It packs a wallop through real-life stories, Mike’s personal revelations, and pointed connections with our impact on the earth’s limited resources.”
REBEKAH SIMON-PETER, church leadership consultant and author of The Jew Named Jesus and Green Church

“Mike Slaughter is one of the most gifted church leaders in America. Mike shows in this book that he understands not only the Christian wallet but most importantly the Christian heart. This book is a true gift to those of us who cherish Christian stewardship.”
J. CLIF CHRISTOPHER, President, Horizons Stewardship Co.

“Helpful resources, compelling research, and motivating stories make this a practical,thoughtprovoking, and often entertaining book.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664260293
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
01/27/2016
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
903,282
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg became known as an early innovator of small group ministry and a leader in global mission efforts. A frequently sought-after speaker, he is the author of many books, including Dare to Dream, Hijacked, Change the World, Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.

Karen Perry Smith is Executive Director of Church Operations at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church.

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