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Your Money God's Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke
     

Your Money God's Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke

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by Amie Streater
 

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God wants His people to live without financial stress and worry.

As a Christian, you know that God wants the best for you in every facet of your life—including your finances. But do you truly believe it?
You will after reading Your Money God’s Way. With simple, biblical truths taught in plain language, author and pastor Amie Streater will show you

Overview

God wants His people to live without financial stress and worry.

As a Christian, you know that God wants the best for you in every facet of your life—including your finances. But do you truly believe it?
You will after reading Your Money God’s Way. With simple, biblical truths taught in plain language, author and pastor Amie Streater will show you how to:

  • get out of debt,
  • build wealth,
  • gain financial freedom, and
  • stay that way—for life.

In most cases, we’re our own worst enemies, Amie says. Most of our financial stresses are self-created. We need to break free from bad habits and bad thinking and learn how to make better choices if we want to walk in financial freedom.

Presently the associate pastor of financial stewardship for the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Amie’s straight-talk approach to finances and life has helped thousands of individuals and families get out of debt. As a powerful, new female voice for personal finance, Amie expertly uncovers seven “counterfeit convictions” Christians believe that often hinder their personal financial success and keep them broke. She shares practical tips, powerful insights, real-life examples, and budgeting plans so readers can recognize the lies and destructive behaviors they’ve held on to. Unlearning those behaviors will help you—whatever your situation—gain control over your spending and face a happier future of financial stability.

“Our God is the Author and Creator of order and peace. It is not God’s will for any of His children to live in chaos, frustration, lack, and debt . . . If we get our heads and hearts right, we can line ourselves up with what He is doing, and our lives will mirror what God wants for us, in us, and through us.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595552327
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
899,593
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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YOUR MONEY GOD'S WAY

Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke
By AMIE STREATER

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Amie Streater
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59555-232-7


Chapter One

COUNTERFEIT CONVICTIONS

Growing up in Texas, I learned a lot of colorful sayings, many of which I had to abandon when I became a pastor. However, one of those sayings probably applies to you right now: This ain't my first rodeo.

You could fill the bed of a Ford F-150 pickup with all the books and financial articles out there about investing, retirement accounts, saving, mortgages, home buying, and debt. It's probably a safe bet that whenever you flip through a magazine article on finance or look at most books on the topic, you think, Yeah, I've heard that before.

This ain't your first rodeo. Wasn't mine either.

As a teenager, I had a subscription to Money magazine. I paid cashy for my first car. The first home Scott and I purchased as newlyweds had a fifteen-year, fixed-rate mortgage with payments of only $675 a month. We put 10 percent down.

We started out smart, but somewhere along the way, we got stupid. Real stupid.

After only a year, that little house wasn't good enough anymore. So we upgraded, this time with no money down and a thirty-year loan. A traffic accident totaled my paid-for car, so I went into debt to buy another brand-new car, which I quickly tired of and traded in for yet another one.

Credit cards furnished the nicer house and handled any repairs we had not bothered to save up for. Then the baby came.

And so the cycle began.

I had read all the books. I had all the information. And I still made bad choices.

Sound familiar? Chances are, you've made bad choices too. And you knew better.

As a believer in Christ, you have probably read a good bit of the Bible. You may have even read all of it several times. Maybe you're like me and went to one of those Christian schools that made you diagram Bible verses during the sentence structure lessons in English class. Fun, right?

Lack of biblical knowledge, for many Christians, is not the problem. And usually, neither is lack of conviction.

As Christians we have convictions, things we hold to be true, principles we hold in our hearts and endeavor to live out every day. If you were sitting in my office, I could have you read the Great Commission to me out of Matthew 28, and you could probably explain to me, quite passionately, that it means we have a calling to share the good news of Christ with the world. But if we turned back just a few pages and I asked you to read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, you would probably get a confused look on your face and perhaps give me a Robin Hood analogy, tinged with disgust: "The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer."

Wrong answer.

Let me ask you this: How are you going to spread the good news of Christ all over the world, or fund the work of missionaries who do, if you don't have any money? Would God have given us the parable of the talents simply to convey that it's hopeless? I think not.

You've certainly read financial books before, along with countless magazine articles about getting your ducks in a row. And you probably beat yourself up for not doing those things you read about. You've read the Bible, you know what you believe, and you've absorbed the common-sense financial stuff. So what's the problem? What's happening to this information between my eyes, my brain, and my heart? you? wonder. I read it, I understand it, I agree with it-but I don't do it. Why?

Ephesians 6:12 explains what we're up against: "We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Still, I'm not one for giving the devil too much credit. Satan may hand us the rope, but we're the ones who tie the knot and jump off the financial chair.

What happens between the information on the page, the absorption in the brain, and the execution of those ideas in the heart is that the idea we know we should implement gets polluted by counterfeit convictions.

Counterfeit convictions are beliefs that started out as biblical truths but that we absorb into our hearts incorrectly. It doesn't matter whether we believe wrongly for selfish reasons, such as deciding that passages on giving and generosity don't apply to us anymore, or for fearful ones, for instance, that God only loves you if you're rich. It also doesn't matter to what degree our convictions are wrong. We can be way off base or have an understanding that is skewed just a little bit. And that's all it takes. You don't have to drive your car completely off the freeway to mess up your journey; you can drift just a little bit into the other lane, miss your exit, and ultimately miss your final destination. That's the power of deception. Unfortunately, when we're deceived, we don't know it, and we're often hesitant to acknowledge it when someone else points it out.

A counterfeit conviction, like counterfeit money, looks an awful lot like the real thing. It sometimes takes a trained eye to tell the difference. But if you look closely with a discerning eye, there's always a flaw that gives it away. If we ignore the flaw and try to apply counterfeit convictions to our Christian lives, the results never work out as we expect them to. We end up confused, disappointed, and frustrated with God. Then we get angry because we believe He is not answering our prayers, when in fact, the problem is not with God but with what we've come to expect from Him in our financial woes.

The only weapon against counterfeit convictions is the timeless truths found in God's Word, the Bible. A timeless truth is a simple biblical principle that we can count on to lead us down the right path.

If you go back to our counterfeit money analogy, you can put the two terms-counterfeit convictions ands timeless truths-together like this: A counterfeit-conviction is like fake money: it looks good, but it's worthless. It may fool some people for a little while, but eventually it will be proved to be what it is: a phony. And just as you can't make a real deposit at a bank with fake money, you can't make a positive impact in your life when your spiritual currency is made up of phony beliefs.

Do you know those penlights cashiers and bank tellers use to verify money's authenticity? That's like a timeless truth. For us, a timeless truth is God's Word and the light of the Holy Spirit shining on our convictions, showing us which ones are real and which ones are phony. False convictions can't make it past the clarifying light of God's Word.

Before we go any further, let me be clear about one thing: you are not a bad person if you have counterfeit convictions. Everyone has them. Everyone. All of us at some point in our lives have been duped. And unfortunately, many of us have been duped in churches, by TV preachers, by friends, by things we have read or seen, by our culture, and even by the devil himself, who the Bible says comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Notice his first dastardly goal is financial in nature-to steal. And not only is he the chief of thieves, he's the father of liars-and he lies to you all the time.

Have you ever read a promise of God in the Bible and then heard a little whisper that says, "That can't be true! If that were true, you would have that in your life, and you don't! It's a lie!"? That, my friends, is the devil himself, trying to snatch God's promises right out of your heart and your head.

Don't let it happen.

In this book, I'll show you how to avoid having God's promises stolen from you. They're yours to keep, and you should hang on to them for dear life.

While outright lies can be easy to spot-like Monopoly money taken to the grocery store-slight distortions are harder to discern. Those slight distortions of God's truth can come from a million different places: well-meaning friends, misinformed teachers, even pastors with wrong motives. In this book we will walk through simple steps to shine the light on these distortions so their flaws become apparent. It will be like clicking on one of those penlights: examining a conviction against the light of God's Word will reveal it to be either the real deal or phony baloney. And once you know what is real, you simply toss aside what's bad. It's that simple. No guilt, no condemnation, no drama. Just let it go.

Sound easy? It is. It's the lies of the world, the deceit of our materialistic culture, and the influence of selfish people that make things so complicated.

So let's start making them simple.

Shedding Light on the Darkness

Here's an example of a counterfeit conviction and the correlating timeless truth.

Counterfeit Conviction: "I can't really afford this, but I'll just put it on my credit card. When the bill comes, God will provide!"

Timeless Truth: Proverbs 21:17 tells us, "He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich."

Temporary pleasures are just that: temporary. They're gone, and then the flesh is off and running, looking for the next cheap thrill. We are only human, after all, and as humans, our fleshly desires can tend to get the better of us from time to time. We must always guard ourselves from chasing the pleasures of stuff because our desires will always outpace our bank balances. Going into debt to fill the bottomless pit of human desire for more and more stuff is a surefire recipe for poverty.

Have some fun, but do so in moderation and within the parameters of a healthy budget. Setting aside some money each month to spend on those impulsive little pleasures lets you have a good time and still meet your financial goals. Spending money is like eating: do it when you have a need, and occasionally just because you want to, but never as a medication for pain, loneliness, or disappointment.

That's it.

Did you see how it works? A selfish desire fueled by a lie is squashed by the truth. It's a simple process to unpack these lies; if we don't, we have to live with the fruit of them, which makes our lives very, very complicated. This, my friends, is how Christians get messed up with money.

Once you understand the lies that have led to your bad financial behaviors, you can start addressing them as needed. Some lies are simple to address, such as the one that causes you to overspend when you're bored. Others, like those resulting in spending that is rooted in childhood pain, abandonment issues, past abuse, and other trauma, may take more time to unpack, and you may need professional help. That's okay! Find a trusted pastor or a psychiatrist or psychologist to help you heal from past hurts. You'll do yourself and your counselor a world of good, however, if you can sit down in that first meeting and say, "I'm having financial trouble, and I think it is rooted in this problem." You'll heal more quickly and, if you're paying for counseling, save yourself thousands of dollars in the process.

Understanding Counterfeit Convictions

Now, before you get too comfortable, let me caution you that counterfeit convictions are insidious. They are difficult to identify and even harder to conquer because they are usually based in some sort of truth.

If I told you the sky was purple, you would tell me I was nuts. But if I told you it was blue with just a tinge of purple, and I showed you some really cool video clips while serving a free steak dinner, you might start looking at the sky just a little bit differently.

When I was a newspaper reporter, I once worked on a series of stories about a well-known church revival that was drawing millions of visitors every year and tens of millions of dollars in donations. I attended many services as part of my reporting, and one night I happened to sit next to a prim elderly woman who shared with me her story of why she was there.

She was a widow, and her income was limited to her Social Security checks. She also had health problems that required her to take a number of expensive medications. She had heard that miracles happened at the revival, and she came for hers.

The offering call lasted for more than half an hour.

"Reach into your wallets, and pull out the biggest thing you can find," the pastor told the crowd. He implored everyone in the audience to give at least a hundred dollars-more if possible. Husbands were told to give without consulting their wives. Visiting pastors were told to give from their own churches' budgets, without regard to whether their oversight boards might agree. "God knows how much you have!" the pastor bellowed, reminding the audience that they had spent money on TVs, cars, toys, and clothes.

I watched in disbelief as the widow sitting next to me pulled out a wad of cash.

"This is the money I've set aside for my medicine," she said, leaning into my ear to be heard over the swells of background music.

"Are you sure you want to do that?" I asked.

Her response? "God will provide."

I felt sick. Probably not as sick as she felt later that month without her pills, but sick nonetheless.

That poor woman was sucked in by an emotional, manipulative moment in which she made a decision that under normal circumstances I would venture to guess she would not have made.

During the nightly offering calls, the pastors onstage would cajole the crowds with tales of orphanages funded, souls saved, and lives changed, and pull guilt trips on the crowd over the enormous cost of putting on their nightly show. Yet when another reporter and I asked for confirmation of their spending, we were denied. "It's nobody's business but ours," a staff pastor told us. "We are not accountable to the people who come to revival, because they are our guests. They are making a freewill offering and therefore should not expect an audit or an accounting.

"If you wonder where the money is going," he continued, "then don't give. Obviously, we can't spend money the way people want us to, but once it becomes a gift, it is ours to use. It is nobody's business how we use it."

That statement alone isn't what continues to shock me to this day, more than a decade later. What astounds me is that even after the revival crumbled, the leaders went on to create new ministries and churches, and they continue to collect millions of dollars from well-meaning Christians.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the money God entrusts to us. If we get suckered in by emotional pleas and fail to do our due diligence into the ministries we consider supporting, we're not helping the kingdom of God; we're just wasting our money.

Search the Scriptures

When the apostle Paul and his buddy Silas went to the town of Berea in Acts 17, they found the people there to be "fair-minded." They based that assessment on the fact that the Bereans "received the word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (v. 11).

Now, I would think that if any pastor could be taken at his word, it would be Paul. And yet he lauded the Bereans for checking things out by comparing what they received from him to God's Word. That's wisdom.

We have to exercise wisdom. Yet often Christians react to what they are told by some guy in a suit with a microphone without ever holding up those words to the light of Scripture.

Proverbs 2 tells us that "the LORD gives wisdom" (v. 6). It goes on to say, "Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness" (vv. 11-13). That's a warning that God didn't just put our brains there to keep our ears apart. If the Lord is giving something away, I want it. Don't you? He is giving away wisdom. All we have to do is ask for it and receive it.

"God Will Provide!"

Philippians 4:19 says God will "supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." In other words, God will provide.

Amen to that! God does provide. And we should give. We will explore biblical giving principles later in this book, but for now, let's revisit my widow friend at the revival and see where things went south for her.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from YOUR MONEY GOD'S WAY by AMIE STREATER Copyright © 2010 by Amie Streater. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Amie Streater is the Associate Pastor for Financial Stewardship at New Life Church. Shehas helpedthousands offamilies recover frommillions ofdollars of debt and walk in financial freedom. She and her husband, Scott, live in Colorado Springs with their three boys.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with the authors honesty throughout this book. She took the bull by the horns and laid things out on the table for you to identify what your spending habits are - and where they originate from. I love her term "counterfeit convictions" and find that I can use that in so many other areas of my life - not just when it comes to money. Piece by piece she lays out 7 areas that we as Christians have the biggest struggle with "counterfeit convictions" when it comes to our spending habits. She discusses at length people who are in debt because they live beyond their means, those who are in debt because they enable friends and loved ones and one of the more brutal and sad reasons - people who get roped into giving to "religious" orginizations because they are told they will be blessed financially if they do - even if giving is beyond what they can truly afford. Toward the end of the book, once you have hopefully figured out which of the 7 myths causes you personally the biggest problem/problems - she also lays out realistic budget goals on various levels. Taking into account that so many of us in debt are so far gone that just paying our mortgages and putting food on the table takes every dime we receive. She gives options and ideas of how to cut back - how to track spending and how to ultimately reach a goal of being able to save 10% and give back 10%. Yet with understanding that not all of us can or will be able to do that within a month, year or even 5 years. I was very impressed with her forthright way of writing and how she was very blunt in her "teachings" regarding money and what she felt was the cause behind so much of the debt we have as Christians. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with debt or just wanting to see a better budget plan once they get back out from under huge debt.
april0514 More than 1 year ago
I finished a book awhile back called "Your money God's way". I have to say I was kind of skeptical at first if this book was going to be any good and have any worthwhile information in it but since it was just for review I figured I would give it a shot! I have to say for the time we are at in our life right now, this book really helped me. I really like the way the author presented different subjects, I liked that she didn't sugar coat it and I REALLY loved the chart and the way she explained how to budget. I realized after doing it that I had never actually done a right budget so it was so nice to learn from this book how to actually do a correct budget. I do recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to learn how to handle their finances in a better way. I wont give it five stars because I still needed more to help me so we are going to take the financial peace course from Dave Ramsey but I do think it was a good starter book for me.
FollowingThePath More than 1 year ago
Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater is an insightful look at why we, as Christians, have so much difficulty staying out of debt. Ms. Streater outlines seven "counterfeit convictions" that often take us away from where we need to be as Christians. She talks about how to clean up our misconceptions about money and focus on a view that is Biblically sound. God would not want us to be broke, our lives to be chaos, etc. so we should turn to God's word in The Bible to direct us. Many Christians do this, but run across those "counterfeit convictions" and get trapped in that mindset. One thing that really struck me was the discussion about giving. Part of the discussion talks about our intentions and our attitude when giving. The insight that we should "learn to say no" is very important. We should not feel like horrible people when we refuse to give a loan to a friend. We need to make wise financial decisions and we also need to reflect God's intentions for us. We need to remember that our money, though we work for it, ultimately is God's money. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling financially and even those who aren't really struggling. Those who are comfortable and have more than they need can learn concepts about giving (tithing) from this book as well.
assoborn More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much Amie Streater. I have read this book over three times and it keeps blessing me. Every chapter is filled with so much that I find it hard to drop it without reading a whole chapter through. Timeless truths was compared against the usual lies we have conditioned our minds over time to believe. This is a book about handling your money the way God intended it and also in a way that you will be blessed at the end. The author did not mince words in explaining her point using real life examples that are right on cue. It is a must have in every library
the_twitterer More than 1 year ago
Your Money God's Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke is a Christian book that tackles a topic that most Christian leaders keep mum about: money. It is written by Amie Streater who currently serves as the associate pastor of financial stewardship for the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs. I am a Christian but I have to admit that there are times when I do away with Christian books because some books sound too "preachy" to the point that it borders on hypocrisy. This book, Your Money God's Way, is definitely not one of those. It even had me at Preface - I already had a mental note of rating it with 5 stars after I'm done with the review. Amie Streater is straightforward and despite quoting some texts from the Bible, she didn't sound sententious or sermonizing. Her effort to connect with her readers and her style of writing made it easier for the readers to take what she's writing as a piece of valuable information and advice to improve their financial standing. I recommend this book to all Christians who would like to get out of debt, build wealth, gain financial freedom, and stay that way - for life. Money myths might be stopping you from doing these so it's worthwhile to read this book to find out.
Marian_Perera More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical about this book. My parents, who were devout Christians, would lend money to anyone whom they perceived as similarly devout Christians, with the result that they were nearly defrauded out of thousands of dollars. I wasn't sure if Amie Streater would adopt a similar approach in her financial self-help book "Your Money God's Way", or if it would be more of a "sell all you have" philosophy. But something about the book's subtitle - "Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke" appealed to me. I've always been interested in ways to save money, so I decided to give the book a try, and Thomas Nelson sent it to me as part of the Book Review Bloggers program. And it turned out to be an excellent read - straightforward, sensible, helpful and written by someone who knows what she's talking about when it comes to both finances and Christianity. Amie Streater identifies several "counterfeit convictions" that cause Christians to make poor financial decisions. For instance, these could be the (unfounded) beliefs that God will provide no matter what, or that it is always safe to do business with a "brother in Christ". She then goes on to show why these convictions don't help anyone, illustrating her points with practical examples as well as verses from the Bible. And I do mean practical. "How are you going to be generous if you're broke? You can be generous with your time, of course, and you can be generous of spirit, but your time and good nature are of little use to a starving child in Africa." At the same time, Streater doesn't preach a "prosperity gospel", where you only have to pay a monthly "Jesus tax" to receive great bounty in return. She makes it clear that if you give, you should do so for the joy of helping others and out of gratitude for what you have received, not in the hope of a payback. To summarize : I'd definitely recommend this book to any Christians who were having financial difficulties, but I'd also recommend it to people of other religions or none. It will make you feel as though you're being either entertained or educated or both - not preached to.
BookGeekie More than 1 year ago
"As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the money God entrusts to us." Amie Streater, author of Your Money God's Way, outlines seven counterfeit convictions that trap Christians in poor money stewardship, and she outlines the antidotes to those false convictions. Seeing the book was endorsed by Dave Ramsey, I was excited to read this book. When I got into it, I was a bit disappointed at the tenor and some of the scriptural application. That alone left me a bit hesitant to recommend the book to others. I appreciate Streater's stance on giving (give something from the first fruits and work to increase that percentage) and budgeting (aim for ideals, but each family's budget will be as unique as the family). Overall, I found the book interesting, but all that enlightening. If you choose to read, I'd recommend it as a supplemental resource to other Christ-focused financial resources. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
sgbares More than 1 year ago
Your Money God's Way By Amie Streater I was drawn to read the book Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater because times are tough and I want to learn as much as I can and make sure I am living my life and spending God's money the way He wants me to. In this book Amie Streater not only teaches us "why" we need to handle our money God's way but she also teaches us "how" to handle our money God's way, and she shows us why we are not doing that already. She says that for too long pastors have ignored one of the most common problems plaguing Christian families: financial ignorance. Reading this book will change the way you handle your money. Even if you think you currently have it all "under control." There are always ways to make things better for yourself and others. Amie shows us how we can be "free" financially so we are free to help others in need. Amie helps us understand counterfeit convictions that are beliefs that started out as biblical truths but were absorbed incorrectly into our hearts. There are many reasons we have trouble handling our money. Amie gives many examples from her experience as a Financial Minister and offers ways from God's Word to re-organize and do it God's way. If you let this book change your way of handling money, you will be able to be successful in handling your own finances and be a blessing to others as God would have you be. At the end of each chapter Amie outlines solution steps you can take to regain control of your finances.
Gabrielle321 More than 1 year ago
"Your Money, God's Way" by Amie Streamer was not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a How To book on finances. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find a How Come book on finances. Amie Streamer explores the 7 most common myths that keep people (in particular christians) broke. I have no doubt in my mind that should Amie Streamer and I ever meet we would become instant BFFs because I love her hammer on your thick skull approach. Why are you broke? Cuz you were dumb BUT God is gracious and you can get out of this mess even though it will be hard. By the end of "Your Money, God's Way" I felt very ready to re-estabish a realistic budget and quite enpowered. The last chapters do give a bit of How To so that you aren't left hanging. Good Read!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of a book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Dave Ramsey states in the prelude , that Amie Streater delivers a powerful message of common sense and Biblical wisdom that today's churchgoers desperately need. And I for one can do nothing but agree. Nothing can educate you like life or at least someone who has experienced things , or has been there themselves. Amie Streater has fought the fight of living beyond her means and has been in debt. And, she has added some personal experiences of her battle with financial debt, which has changed her families' life style and outlook on life. This book, Your Money God's Way: Overcoming the Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke, explains that God always has and will provide for his children. It is up to us to recognize those blessings and use the wisdom of Solomon to not only get out of debt, but stay out using common sense by some of the technology such as the 10-10-80 rule, which is nothing short but genius and just plain common sense. And she lets you know to never say a negative comment, and the fact is, our words have a tremendous amount of power over our lives. What we speak has the power to become what we actually experience.
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catwoman522 More than 1 year ago
I was afraid when I ordered this book that is would be another financial book telling me how to get out of debt, pay off my mortgage and save for retirement. Don't get me wrong, as a huge Dave Ramsey fan, I'm all for those. But I've also read a lot of those and wasn't looking for another. I was very pleasantly surprised though. Your Money doesn't address the how's of financial stewardship so much as the why's. Why do we do stupid stuff with our money? More importantly, what are specific reasons that Christians do stupid stuff with their money? Amie gives 7 money myths and then in her no-nonsense way, she addresses each of these myths with a timeless truth straight from the Bible. Using real-life financial examples (some very humorous) she goes in-depth for each myth and tells you how to get out of that jam if you are currently in it and if you are not, she gives great strategies for avoiding those pitfalls. At the end of each chapter, Amie adds a specific prayer that addresses the money myth in that chapter. It gives you the words you might need to take that problem to God. Also at the end of each chapter, she gives a bulleted summary of the chapter to refer back to and a list of solution steps to help you apply what you've read. These end-of-chapter summaries, questions and prayers really made the book stand out to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone who ever has to deal with money (which is pretty much everyone). It's easy to read, entertaining and full of great info.
Marcin_Hartman More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for people who are about to make their first conscious step into managing personal finances (teenagers, newly weds, people who realized they are in a financial hell-hole, etc). It is very well written by a practitioner and coach, who just happens to also be an Associate Pastor of Financial Stewardship in one of America's largest churches (New Life Church in Colorado Springs,Co). What I love about Amie Streater's book is its no-nonsense and down-to-earth approach. The first seven chapters (after the introduction) cover the seven counterfeit convictions that the author has encountered in people's thinking while ministering over the years. Counterfeit convictions are lies and misconceptions about inability to handle one's budgeting, save for the future, tithe today, create extra income and so on. While reading the stories of people who struggled with these convictions, I in turn gradually felt more convinced about God's ability and willingness to help us out with our finances. As for the human help from the author, there is plenty of biblical and every day financial wisdom available. The final part of the book is devoted to getting one's feet wet with some very simple budgeting tips. Streater shows that it is possible to move gradually from low budget / high anxiety financial reality to the abundant life (also financially, within our means). If anything, I thought this final part could have been more extensive. But overall it's a great book and I highly recommend reading it.
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BookYaMa More than 1 year ago
This book provides stories of Christian people who suffered poor financial decisions. It also shows you how "the church" can confuse and shame people into not seeking help. The main point I took away was: Even Christians get into financial trouble, and its ok. Just get back in the Word and get back on track. I enjoyed this easy, conversational read. It took about a week and was worth my time. This book is by no means as formulaic as other financial guidance books, but this one definitely supports the same mission: getting people back on stable financial ground. The budgets at the end of the book were helpful. I wish there'd been a little more practical planning discussed. But overall, a good guide. Booksneeze.com has provided me a complimentary copy of this book for review.
J_Parker More than 1 year ago
Your Money God's Way By Amie Streater (2010) ISBN-13: 9781595552327 Your Money God's Way is a good introductory book for people who have not previously spent much time reading or getting educated on personal finance, but find themselves struggling with their finances and desiring to be in a better financial position. The book is primarily based on case studies, and is fairly qualitative in nature given the subject of the book. So for readers who are looking for a research based, fact and data filled read, will likely need to look elsewhere. This is a bit disheartening as the author sounds like she has coached many people regarding their financial troubles, and likely has a large amount of raw data on various types of people, financial issues and misconceptions that they have, and what resolutions were most effective. It would have been nice to have seen some of this research done, as it likely could have provided some real insight and added a valuable element to the book that does not exist in many places elsewhere in personal financial literature. In general, the book appears to be geared toward readers who are encountering personal finance literature for the first time. For example, many of the chapter headings focus on financial misconceptions that people with financial troubles often fall prey to. These may be new and interesting ideas to a first-time personal finance reader, however readers already versed on the topic will recognize the financial misconceptions as already well-identified financial beliefs that have been coming out of the fields of behavioral finance and behavioral economics over the past couple decades. As a result, people already knowledgeable regarding personal finance literature, or those who prefer research and data-filled reading, will likely not find the book too engaging. But if you're struggling with your finances, and are looking for a first book to read to shed some light on your personal situation, show you that you're not alone in your financial troubles, and provide an insightful and inspiring read including initial steps to take to get yourself back on the right track, then this is a good book to start with.
Lindseycl More than 1 year ago
Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater is an amazing read! Not only does it make you really want to balance out your financial life it causes you to see finances in a whole new light! This book is backed up by scriptures. The scriptures referenced within the book really change how you may have perceived the scriptures originally! I think all Christians should read this book so get a better understanding of how God wants us to handle our finances. He wants us to be better stewards of what He has entrusted to us!
AHelton More than 1 year ago
As a whole, I loved this book! My favorite chapter was "God is an ATM" the chapter subject was giving and how God blesses a generous giver. I disagreed with the topic of tithing that she presented. The author presents tithing as 10% of your total income, however the Bible doesn't state that amount anywhere. Overall, great book! I would recommend it to anyone wanting to straighten out your finances in a Godly way!
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater is well written and easy to read but was not quite what I was expecting the book to be. I think that I was expecting the author to give cut and dried information that would help everyone no matter what the financial situation. I was pleasantly surprised as I started reading the book for Amie knows what she is talking about concerning financial disaster for she has been there and done that. The book is well "illustrated" with real life stories of persons who came to her with seemingly impossible financial situations and she wrote how she helped them to get on the right path to financial stability. I was very impressed with her liberal use of Biblical scripture to illustrate points that she was making. This statement, "Because God has promised to provide for our very need, I believe that financial problems are never inherently about money, but are instead usually symptoms of underlying spiritual problems" definitely gave me food for thought. It was an eye opener to read how many people in the church, and this includes ministers, misuse God's money. At the end of each chapter there is a prayer that deals with the problems discussed in the chapter. Also at the end of each chapter is a summary titled "God's Way" which lists the most important points that were covered in the chapter. The last part of the chapter is a section titled "Solution Steps" where the author gives simple steps to achieve the goals discussed in the chapter. Even if one does not have financial problems, I would recommend this book as well worth reading. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Tgo More than 1 year ago
Product Description Readers discover the seven "counterfeit convictions" that keep them broke and encounter proven plans and for getting out of debt, building wealth, and finding financial peace. Money habits. Where do they come from? Can you pinpoint when you started shopping to feel better, why you can't usher grown children into financial independence, or why saving for the future is a priority in theory but not in practice? Amie Streater, associate pastor of financial stewardship for the 10,000-member New Life church in Colorado Springs, has been there. From her own experience, she knows what it's like to look at an impossible pile of bills and a pile of toddlers wrestling in the next room. In Your Money God's Way, empowered by her own incredible journey to financial freedom, she leads readers to the dream of mastering their finances. She also expertly uncovers seven "counterfeit convictions" Christians believe that hinder their personal finance success. The main thing that I loved about the book, was how the author used prayer and scripture references thoughout the book. This is something we certainly need in this area of our lives! We all can use more prayer and the word of God! This book is perfect for those who want to get back on track in their finances, and that are really seeking the Lord with the help and guidance to do so. I believe it could even be used in a small group study, very easily! Here is an excerpt from the preface that I believe is smack on: "...in order for God to bless you and change your circumstances, you have to be willing to change yourself, or more specifically, your heart, your head, and your convictions. Because if your money is messed up, the problem really isn't your money; it's you. That may sound harsh, but it's the truth. Here's why: in Matthew 6:25-31, Jesus promised that our Heavenly Father will meet all of our needs. Sure, hard times will come, and bad things will occasionally happen to good people, but if you are in a systematic pattern of not having enough, it is not because God is not providing for you, it is because you are not managing what He has already given to you." I recommend this book because it will guide us as believers to align our thoughts towards finances and how we out to handle them with what Scriptures teach. God's Word certainly isn't vague on the subject! I would also recommend Faith-Based Family Finances as a follow-up, which will lead you into the "how" of managing finances wisely and for the glory of God as well as answer many questions. I am so grateful for the resources God has available to help us grow in this area; I personally learn so much from them! As per FTC guidelines, I must state that I received a complimentary copy of the book "Your Money God's Way", from Thomas Nelson Publishers, to read for review. My opinions are expressly my own and are in no way influenced positively or negatively, due to receiving this review copy.
Chad63 More than 1 year ago
Amie Streater, a journalist turn financial counselor, shares her journey to financial peace and lessons learned from individuals while serving as associate pastor. The recommendation from Dave Ramsey, a financial guru, emblazoned across the cover and the goal to reveal "7 myths that keep Christians broke" drew me in immediately. Unfortunately, you can't judge a book by its cover. Streater quickly replaces the word, myth, for "counterfeit convictions" (and I believe she covers more than 7 - consider it a bonus) as she talks the reader through her experiences with several "broke Christians". She also occasionally adds in Bible verses to emphasize her point. Overall, the book is very disjointed, switching from 1st person to 2nd and 3rd person perspective and never really creating a theme for each chapter thereby making it difficult to follow at times. The saving grace in the book was the review questions at the end of each chapter giving the reader something to mentally process and grapple with. My biggest disappointment with the book is that it is directed to a very small group of people, Christians in America who have fallen for the "prosperity gospel". She is wisely harsh on these folks. If this isn't you (and it wasn't me), you'll find better Christian finance books. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."