The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living

by Terry Felber, Dave Ramsey
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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE LEGEND OF THE MONK AND THE MERCHANT: TWELVE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL LIVING by Terry Felber Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. Overall, I found it an enjoyable and fast-paced read. The book starts with a foreword about material possessions by Dave Ramsey. It reminded me of my mother’s philosophy on goods: only have what you need and use them for the betterment of the world. You don’t need eights cars. Stick with one, and whenever possible, use it to help someone who isn’t able to get a ride somewhere important. Dave Ramsey also mentions that everyone in a business helps out, even those who just answer the phones. My job is like that – making appointments, answering the telephone, and directing students to their advisors. I am able to calm them, give them a pleasant experience, in a world that otherwise might not be friendly to him or her. It helped me to appreciate my job more, and to believe in the role that had once seemed insignificant. Now, to the actual story – it reads like a child’s book, but with complex thoughts. I loved the fact that it was religious and historical. The storyline occurs during the Renaissance in Rome. The characters travel through the world meeting people, spreading wisdom, and learning how they can better themselves and humanity.
Thinkforward8 More than 1 year ago
Exceptional! Could not put it down! Will read it again and require that my daughter read it - words of wisdom to live by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
easy read, couldn't put it down. Totally enjoyed this book
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Wyn More than 1 year ago
Excellent book written in the style of Og Mandano.  The teacher tells the story and the pupil learns steps or principles that will help him progress along life's highway on a path that would be approved by God.  In this book the grandfather is telling the grandson how to have a bountiful prosperous life without getting into trouble or over extending himself by relating the story of how his mentor taught him.  Each chapter has a basic point which the grandson deduces and then lives it for 3 years refining it to suit his life and learning from trials and errors how to apply that point.  I liked the places where the grandfather learned from his mentor that not all the Christian beliefs are actually based on the words of the bible such as the belief that money is sinful.  It is not sinful, it is just money.  The sin is when you put money before God.  The apostles were rich as were men like Abraham, so when Jesus told the rich man to give away his money they were surprised and asked if Jesus expected them to give their's away too.  That's when he pointed out that the man was putting his money before God and that was where the sin was.  This is an excellent book with 12 principles that apply to every day life and not just to prosperity.  It will stay in my collection to be reread many times. I received this book through Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review.
UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
Non-fiction books are intended to tell of events or facts that are based in reality. Fiction books are intended to tell a story, though not based in reality, that, hopefully, will be of interest to the reader. This book was both. The story is interesting - as Grandfather tells Julio the story of his life in business. This story includes the necessary set of characters: monks, pirates, friends, fires, and family. Together they contribute to a story that I could not put down - often feeling the need to finish just one more chapter before turning in for the night. But as the story develops, Grandfather’s mentor and friend, Allesio, shares twelve principles that were to serve Grandfather and others well throughout the years. Some of these principles were ones I was able to apply within my life (e.g. “LIVE DEBT FREE AND BELOW YOUR MEANS”. Others, I knew, but found difficult to apply (e.g. “SET ASIDE THE FIRST 10 PERCENT TO HONOR GOD.”). And, finally, there were some that appear to be just common sense (e.g. “FINANCIAL PROSPERITY IS OFTEN CONNECTED TO SOUL PROSPERITY”). The book is more than story and principles - it also includes a very brief list of Bible references to support the principles discussed in the book. In addition to the brief list of Biblical Scripture references, there is a twelve session study guide for a group to use as they discuss the book. The author suggests that each participant read the entire book before beginning a group study of the concepts and themes contained within the book. My only concern with this book is its tangential focus on what some have called “The Prosperity Gospel” - if taken to extremes, the principles in this book could lead one into the trap that financial blessing will come to all who follow these principles. It must be remembered, that, while following these principles does not guarantee financial blessing, it, they will guarantee God’s blessing. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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