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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Your Finances God's Way by Scott LaPierre Book Review

Your Finances God's Way JustRead Blog Tour 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Your Finances God's Way

Title: Your Finances God's Way 
Author: Scott LaPierre
Publisher: Harvest House
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Genre: Christian living – nonfiction

Experience the Peace that Comes with Wise Stewardship 

Financial insecurity can be one of the greatest threats to your well-being—but the good news is that even if you’re on a tight income, you can eliminate many of your monetary worries when you create and abide by a biblical plan for your spending. 

In Your Finance’s God’s Way, you’ll identify the negative money management habits you need to break and the positive habits that should take their place. Implementing the teaching laid out in the Bible, this book gives you advice and practical steps backed by proven principles, helping you 
 • get the most out of your money by paying off debt and building up savings 
 • make wise spending decisions that enable you to avoid anxiety, regret, and conflict 
 • find a healthy balance between being financially frivolous and frugal to a fault 

Even when you have less to spend, you can use what God has provided to thrive. Whether you’re young or old, married or single, working or staying at home, Your Finances God’s Way will give you everything you need to be a careful steward of the resources you’ve received from the Lord.

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EXCERPT

Spending Problems Often Result from Worthless Purchases
By “worthless” I don’t mean the item has no value. If that were the case, hopefully we wouldn’t have made the purchase in the first place. I’m referring to the item’s value to us years, months, weeks, or sometimes even days ahead. If the item is valuable at the moment but it has no value to us in the future, it has been a worthless purchase. Let me illustrate this by sharing something I used to witness when I was a schoolteacher.

Because I was a Christian, I used to be as concerned with my students’ academics and character. I taught math, reading, and writing, but I also tried to spend time teaching about forgiveness,honesty, hard work, and generosity.

There were a few times each year I would have the opportunity to discuss finances with my students. One regular opportunity occurred prior to field trips. When kids are at a museum, aquarium, or tourist attraction, they are tempted to throw away their money on souvenirs. I would tell my students:

Do not waste your money on any of the items you see in the shops. If you do, let me tell you exactly what will happen. You are going to buy something, be excited about it for a short period of time—probably only a few hours, but maybe only a few minutes—and then lose interest. Each year at the end of field trips, after the students exit the bus when we get back to the school, I walk down the aisle and see these souvenirs left in their seats. They had already gotten bored of their purchases. I don’t want you to make the same mistake.

These were worthless purchases. It is easy to listen to this story and pass judgment on students, but how often do we do the same thing as adults? How many times have we bought something and forgotten about it a week or two later? How much stuff do we have in our homes that isn’t being used for any profitable reason in our lives? If we’re honest, most of us would be surprised—and probably embarrassed—by the number of purchases we’ve made that provide no lasting benefit. And these worthless purchases add up.


REVIEW

The book covers a lot of topics from a biblical point of view but I would say that the main point is that God seeks to transform your heart rather than just your finances.

The book covers a lot of topics from a biblical point of view but I would say that the main point is that God seeks to transform your heart rather than just your finances. This is important because if your heart isn't transformed then you can't truly change your financial situation or any other aspect of life because all sin comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23). Scott LaPierre makes sure to continuously put God and scripture first is everything discussed. 

The subtitle for the book is "A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money."

The book is divided into 16 chapters

  1. Stewardship and Faithfulness
  2. God's Kindness and Severity
  3. Money is the Foundation of Faithfulness
  4. The Dangers of Loving Money
  5. Learning from a Rich Fool
  6. How to Avoid Being a Rich Fool
  7. Give Willingly
  8. Give Sacrificially
  9. God's Generosity Encourages Giving Cheerfully
  10. Good Stewardship Toward the Poor
  11. Spending Problems Versus an Income Problem
  12. God's View of Debt
  13. Avoiding and Eliminating Debt
  14. Saving the Right and Wrong Way
  15. Retiring Well
  16. The Greatest Riches


Each chapter deals with a different money principle and the associated problems it can cause. Being a poor or lazy steward is wickedness. The author really doesn't mince words or coddle the reader in his truths from Jesus' parables and examples. Finally, LaPierre offers proposals on what to do about this problem. God expects us to take action with money and the talents he has given us.

You can read the book straight through or read a chapter when you are struggling with the particular principle being addressed in that chapter.

LaPierre begins by sharing his own financial story (always helps to know that your author has found success in what they are writing about). He then tells us why he is writing this book (and it is not to get rich!). 

The workbook is a study guide that makes a good resource for small groups who want to discuss these issues together.

This would be perfect as a solo or group study guide. It includes questions to discuss, a summary of main points, and questions designed for self reflection and to change your point of view. Or at least acknowledge what your understanding of things are. The book is easy to follow and organized in a way that makes it ideal for small groups.

It’s also easy enough just to work through on your own as an individual or with your family if you don’t want to go the small group route. Each chapter is only a few pages long so it can be read in one sitting, which means you could finish it in about two weeks even if you only read 15 minutes every day.

This is a very well-researched and biblically accurate book about personal finances.

Your Finances God's Way is a very well-researched and biblically accurate book about personal finances. In the book, Scott explains that money is a tool that we can use for good or bad. He also gives a biblical perspective on financial management and stress relief from debt. Scott even writes about generosity and helping those in need, making it clear that we are to be generous with our time, talents and treasure. It is an excellent devotional for anyone who wants to learn more about personal financial management through a biblical perspective.

I would definitely recommend reading this book if you're looking for an easy way to understand personal finance from a Christian perspective.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott LaPierre 

Scott LaPierre is a senior pastor, author, and popular conference speaker. He holds an MA in biblical studies from Liberty University. Scott and his wife, Katie, live in Washington State, and God has blessed them with nine children. Learn more about Pastor Scott at his website, www.scottlapierre.org, and connect with him on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

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11 comments:

  1. Interesting excerpt, the book sounds like a very helpful read! Thanks, Angela, for sharing your review and have a terrific day!

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  2. This looks like a helpful resource!

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  3. Angela,
    Thank you for sharing about Your Finances God’s Way!
    I am praying God uses the book and workbook to exalt Christ and help people manage their finances well.
    If anyone listens to this episode and has any questions or I can pray for you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me through the contact page on my website: https://www.scottlapierre.org/contact/.

    In Christ,
    Scott LaPierre

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  4. thank you for sharing you book with all of us. I would love to read your book and take things here at home to the next level

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    1. Lori, I would love to hear your thoughts after you read it!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your review of this book, this sounds like an excellent guide to achieve financial equilibrium

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  7. Good of you to share your financial story.

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  8. Seems like an interesting book. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Aapje, I would love to hear your thoughts after you read it!

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