Money and the Prosperous Soul: Tipping the Scales of Favor and Blessing

Money and the Prosperous Soul: Tipping the Scales of Favor and Blessing


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In an age of mounting credit debt, get-rich-quick schemes, and high unemployment, many people are left wondering, "Why am I always struggling with finances? Why can't I seem to get ahead?" While the market is flooded with short-term help, few resources address the root spiritual problems behind money.

In a warm, conversational style, CFO and CPA firm owner Stephen K. DeSilva offers a unique, prophetic/supernatural approach to handling money. This respected charismatic leader combines financial philosophy, biblical truth, supernatural deliverance, and prophetic teaching, and also offers related practical and prophetic exercises throughout each chapter.

Money and the Prosperous Soul
will help every believer struggling with lack to overcome wrong thinking and destructive cycles and learn the biblical and supernatural principles of success. Free online resources make this a perfect resource for small group classes and self-study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800794965
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,211,811
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen K. De Silva teaches full-time on subjects related to Money and the Prosperous Soul. The Prosperous Soul family of ministries is based in Redding, California, where Stephen enjoys life with his wife, Dawna, founder and co-leader of the international healing and deliverance ministry Bethel Sozo International.

Table of Contents

Foreword Bill Johnson 11

Introduction: The Voyage 15

1 Purpose 19

2 Trouble with Money 37

3 Spirit of Poverty 57

4 Trust and Faith 75

5 Dreaming 93

6 Bound in Spirit 113

7 Spirit of Mammon 129

8 Dominion 145

9 The Art of Purpose 163

Notes 183

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Money and the Prosperous Soul: Tipping the Scales of Favor and Blessing 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jazzzak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was advertised as offering spirtual and practical financial help. However, it seemed to spend an inordinate amount of space defining "Prosperous Soul". The author spent a lot of time using catch words and phrases like Spirit of Poverty, Prosperous Soul, Mammon, Sozo sessions, etc. which seemed to dilute the potential message. I was hoping for simple, understandable guidance and examples of handling money, debt, saving, giving, and supporting scripture. Much of the information and examples were good examples of Christian living, but not necessarily directed towards individual financial circumstances and spiritual relevance. I'm not sure this isn't just a variation of prosperity gospel type teaching. The author did provide some good insight into cultural and national views on wealth and materialism and the lack of spiritual focus or direction in those arenas.
diasukie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you havn't read this type of book before - now is you chance. I've come to the conclusion that I read too much (so says my mother and I'm starting to agree with her (sigh!), Is there nothing new under the sun? I've re-written this review a dozen times in the past without posting - so this is it -This book would probably be a good cornerstone for you to use as a unit study. As always, look up the referenced scripture so you can see for yourself what God is trying to teach you. There is alot of information in this book to meditate on.
jocraddock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephen DeSilva's book successfully speaks to the importance of the healthy or "prosperous" soul in creating and keeping good stewardship in all things. His writing and references come from a decidedly evangelical Christian viewpoint which may be off-putting, but I appreciate his emphasis on soul-health, rather than magical thinking. A little cheesy in parts . . .
JeffV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, maybe I'm not the right person to review this book, and I may revise my review after my girlfriend (who refers to me as Anti-christ), reads it and gives me her opinion. However, I'm pretty objective when it comes to religion, and if something has merit, I'll acknowledge it, even if I don't think it pertains to me.I did not find much merit in this book.I suppose if you are the sort who goes to church 8 days a week, and can't really bring yourself to do what is necessary to be successful financially or in business, then maybe you'll find the permission you need in the deeds of 2000-year dead spectres. However, for the more secular among us, this is simply too soaked in dogma to be of any practical use. To wit:"Our thinking as prosperous souls and supernatural stewards must begin with the truth all things are ours. We already have full access to our heavenly inheritance of true riches. We don't have to wonder if God wants to equip us with supernatural powers to do the work of Jesus. We must simply get the wheelbarrow with Him and ask Him to show us how to use what He has given us. For only what we learn to use will truly become our own."Ugh.
WellingtonWomble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: Several years ago I was carrying a burden of debt in a line of credit and two VISA cards. Friends and family helped me get free of that debt but I recognized that I needed to learn about money management, financial planning, and stewardship, otherwise I would fall into the same predicament again. In recognition of that need I requested this book from Library Thing's Early Reviewer program and was fortunate enough to win a copy. I had decided beforehand that if this book advocated a prosperity gospel that regarded God as the equivalent of a giant ATM that it would end up in the garbage. The same fate would also befall the book should it veer into "name it and claim it/believe it and you will achieve it " territory. This book avoids those two heretical mindsets by providing teaching that exposes the underlying beliefs that make them heretical. It also takes aim at the roots of the recent financial crisis and collapse and challenges the Church to rethink the way it regards finances and money. This is not a guide for evaluating and determining the most profitable investments in which to put your money. Instead, it examines the true biblical nature of prosperity and helps the reader recognize the barriers that have prevented them from having the resources to bless others. De Silva points out that there is a counterpoint to the idolatry of money, that being the spirit of poverty, which is not what most people imagine it to be. SImply stated, it is a belief that there is never enough. This is a belief that gave rise to and continues to be the basis for our current system of economics, military strategy, and world view. It is also one of the foundational assumptions of the theory of evolution, courtesy of Thomas Malthus. Da Silva maintains that the corrective for this false belief is to develop a prosperous soul, one that places its trust in God and not mammon, one that is open to dreams that will align with our life's purpose to give us direction for our lives as we glorify God through our work, rather than glorifying ourselves or our own selfish dreams of wealth, possessions, leisure, and comfort. The distinction between work and toil, and the need for a Sabbath are valuable insights that need to be understood and lived out. Also valuable are the teachings on the spirit of mammon and dominion which appear in the latter portion of the book.As noted by Max Weber, the protestant reformation set high standards of accountability and conduct for Christian businessmen that, in turn, established trust and confidence in the economic systems of the time, giving rise to capitalism. Those standards have been lost or compromised in the name of profit and this book has the potential to instigate a much needed reform of our economic systems by calling Christians to once again take the lead in re-establishing trust and confidence, and true prosperity in business affairs.
bunkie68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My husband and I are currently taking a Crown Financial class at our church, and this book fits in nicely with what we're learning there. It isn't one of those books that tells you all you have to do is believe and claim what you want and the universe will provide. Rather, it gives a different perspective on prosperity as more of a spiritual circumstance than a spiritual one. It makes sense to me, in keeping with what I'm learning in my class, that it's easier to be a good steward of the resources God gives us if we're in a state of mind that yes, there is enough, and yes, God will meet our needs, instead of in the mindset that we are constantly lacking. I'm going to go back and read it again, maybe several times, because it really spoke to me.
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Grea book
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