Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most

Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most


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If you already own a copy of Free, use the password found on page 223 in the Group Learning Guide to access eight supplementary videos.
Why does chasing the good life make us feel so bad? We dream big and spend our money and time chasing our dreams—only to find ourselves exhausted, deeply in debt and spiritually empty.
Mark and Lisa Scandrette realized at the beginning of their lives together that what they want, what they need and what they were being told to want didn't sync up. In Free Mark (with a little help from Lisa) shares the secrets of how they bought a home and raised a family debt-free in the most expensive city in the United States—and how they've enjoyed good relationships, good adventures and good food along the way.
Packed with helpful exercises for getting a handle on your money story, and designed for healing and generative money conversations with friends, Free gives you a path to financial freedom and spiritual flourishing that awakens your heart and energizes your soul. Includes access to group study guide and 8 video sessions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830836499
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/08/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 957,083
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark A. Scandrette is the founding director of ReImagine, a spiritual formation center based in San Francisco. He is the author of Practicing the Way of Jesus.

Lisa Scandrette has devoted herself to a life of care, hospitality, and teaching. She regularly facilitates workshops and provides administrative support for ReIMAGINE, a center for integral Christian practice with a mission to help people become more fully human through engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus. She makes a life in the Mission District of San Francisco with her husband Mark and their three children, and she is coauthor of FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Richard Rohr

Why We Wrote This Book

How to Use This Book

A Prayer of Abundance

Introduction: Making Space for Life to Grow

1. Name What Matters Most to You

2. Value and Align Your Time

3. Practice Gratitude and Trust

4. Believe You Have Enough by Embracing Voluntary Limits

5. Create a Spending Plan

6. Maximize Your Resources

7. Live Generously and Spend Wisely



Learning Contract

Group Study Guide


About the Authors

What People are Saying About This

Scott Bessenecker

"For Americans, freedom is an entrenched part of our national identity. But many of us have translated this iconic value into a posture of indulgence. We are free to buy what we want, say what we want and do what we want without regard to others or the environment. Mark and Lisa Scandrette have turned that notion of freedom on its head—we are free to embrace limitation, self-denial and simplicity. The good life as defined by 'American dream' usually includes a large home, multiple vehicles and fabulous amounts of disposable income. This book is an invitation toward a new vision of the good life, and it provides the tools necessary to take inventory of how we allocate our resources and apply them toward a better, more biblical and more sustainable vision. Free is detox for the soul. It leads us out of lives that are mired in material and temporal clutter. It is a gift to all of us who find that there is never enough time and money to live well."

Michael Frost

"This book is an invitation to embrace the radical way of Jesus, to repent and rejoice, to foster simplicity and generosity, to open our lives to love, and ultimately to be free. The Scandrettes have produced the kind of practical guidebook to simplicity that we could return to again and again over the coming years."

Nancy Ortberg

"In a word? REFRESHING! Mark and Lisa remind us of the seismic power in radical contentment, gratitude and generosity. You don't see that message in many places. Here is wisdom for the complexity of these issues and a simplicity that enables action. The result: free indeed."

Tom Sine

"I find that a growing number of people in our churches are under daunting financial and time pressures and can't find resources to help. Here is a masterful resource to enable people of faith to put first things first. Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Mark and Lisa and their congregation in San Francisco. I have never been with a group of Christians that have helped one another more in becoming faithful stewards of their lives and resources. Mark's new book is not only a must-read, it is a must-study resource for every congregation that wants to enable their members to live more fully and compassionately in times like these."

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