Skyrocketing gas, food, and home prices, interest rates, and runaway inflation: it seems finances are at the top of for everyone’s mind these days, even if you’re as well off as Mr. Musk and Mr. Bezos.
- It’s a timely topic, now more than ever it seems! The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, but the next best time is today.
- I needed a new good read, and while we’ve read and profited (no pun intended) from many financial books (Randy Alcorn, Mary Hunt, Dave Ramsey, etc.), this one stuck out to me as a study of the Scriptures.
- Scott and Katie practice what they preach and their lifestyle reflects what they value. That makes them experts in my book.
Spoiler alert: A debt-free pastor and homeschooling Dad of 9, Scott didn’t write Your Finances God’s Way to help you live extravagantly.
This book is primarily about stewardship, and how we multiply what God has given us. Whether it be great or small, all that we have is His.
Your Finances God’s Way is intended to change or refresh the believer’s mindset about money. All we have belongs to God. Financial blessings are not given so that we can advance our purposes, but so we can serve the Lord as we serve others. I appreciated how much Scripture in both the Old and New Testament Scott used to make the case for this.
Your Finances God’s Way starts with the heart, addressing spiritual issues like covetousness, contentment, greed, lusting after things we don’t have. While this book is addressing the people of God, I’d lend it out to anyone. The Gospel is conveyed clearly, and provides the proper context for how we ought to think about money.
Scott reminds us that “he who dies with the most toys still dies.” Are our investments distracting us from eternal matters or working towards the Kingdom of Heaven?
It’s easier to be generous when we meditate on what we have been given through Jesus Christ!
In the latter half of the book, Scott gives some practical guidelines for both those who have been given more or less talents to steward. This is not the main thrust of the book, but still very helpful if you’re struggling financially. Most of these things we have implemented in our own family (here’s a post about how we saved to build a house).
My only criticism of this book is in Chapter 14 where the author uses examples of different women to illustrate poor money habits. He is careful to clarify that men struggle with this too, but it might have felt more balanced if he used men in his list of illustrations as well. Those who don’t know the author, or are easily offended might take issue with this, but it was clear to me that Scott has equal respect for men and women alike.
I would highly recommend Your Finances God’s Way to anyone, regardless of income level. It is an excellent exposition on how God intended for His people to use the gifts He bestows on them. This is a topic Scott is clearly passionate about, and his love and concern for the reader’s soul as well as their financial well-being is immediate and apparent on every page.
The accompanying workbook makes Your Finances God’s Way an ideal study, and I will likely use it for our oldest daughter this year as she begins high school. Financial literacy is incredibly important, but one from a biblical perspective is even more so!