Once upon a time, a faithful, God-fearing boy fell in love with the girl of his dreams…
As a young man, Pastor Steve Perry passionately followed a philosophy of non-pursuit of wealth as he moved towards a Christian life. He held the not-uncommon belief that poverty was more virtuous than prosperity and was a path to becoming closer to God.
But God had a different plan. When Perry found himself in lovewith a woman whose family was wealthythe accompanying internal struggle forced him to reconcile his beliefs with his reality. Of course, he turned to God for a deeper understanding of how to integrate wealth and faith.
For many Christians, wealth is accompanied by a certain measure of guilt, compelling them to hide their prosperity for fear of being judged. In Living With Wealth Without Losing Your Soul, Perry analyzes some of the common modern understandings of bible passages and parables to show that justly earned wealth is as much a gift from God as any of His other gifts. Using a combination of exegesis and practical life examples, Perry suggests that wealthy Christians need not be stealth Christians, but instead can steward their wealth in order to help fund the kingdom for years to come.
Though Perry acknowledges that money can be the root of evil, his clarification of this popular verse suggests that money simply magnifies who a person really is. In this way, wealth is a magnifier of a Christian life and can actually bring one closer to God.
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About the Author
Steve Perry graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1975 with a B.A. in Religion, and later earned a Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1979. He served as Associate Pastor of Grace Lutheran (’79-’84, Huntington Beach, CA) and Senior Pastor of Mission Lutheran Church (’84-’96, Laguna Niguel, CA). In 1996, Perry co-founded the Foundation for Christian Stewardship (now the National Christian Foundation California) and in 2003 he founded the Sacred Harvest Foundation with his wife, Susie. Currently, Perry serves on the boards of Azusa Pacific University, National Christian Foundation California, and Mission Increase Foundation. Steve met his wife, Susie, at Azusa Pacific University, and they were married on December 27, 1975. They have two married children, Jennifer and Matthew, and two grandchildren.
Read an Excerpt
Wealth is important to us allbut it is also important to God. The Bible has a great deal to say on the subject, as you will discover in this book. So we must understand it. That is why Steve Perry’s book is such a winner.
What People are Saying About This
"Brilliant, pastoral, biblical, and deeply personal. With grace, transparency, and humor, Steve opens his heart to his readers, then turns and opens God’s Word."
Dale Brantner, President & CEO, CURE International
"This is the best book I have ever read on living with wealth in a healthy, biblical, and God-honoring manner."
Dr. John Townsend, New York Times Best Selling Author
"This book is for anyone who wants to steward well what God has given them."
Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church
"Proverbs tells us that, “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices” (Proverbs 11:10). Steve Perry’s book provides rare wisdomboth biblical and experientialfor Christians with wealth who are committed to seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness first. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a more thoughtful theology of wealth, joy, and whole life generosity."
Skye Jethani, author of WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God and co-host of The Phil Vischer Podcast
"Genuine wealth is more than riches. It is substance, wisdom, and compassion. That is why [Steve’s] journey is not about being merely rich, but the blessing and use of authentic wealth."
Fred Smith, President, The Gathering
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A warm and deeply honest exploration of the hidden struggles that emerge when a pastor (who values poverty) finds himself unexpectedly wealthy, as well as a highly practical guide to managing the risks that he encounters on his road to freedom.