Christians believe that God is sovereign, meaning that he is the supreme ruler. God governs everything in the believer's life, including the believers money.
On my own personal journey toward understanding personal finance in a Biblical way, I am reading several books, including these five tombs that focus on a Biblical view of money.
Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
"Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions" by Craig L. Blomberg is an insightful and thought-provoking book that tackles the difficult topics of poverty and wealth from a biblical perspective.
Blomberg explores the complexities of these issues, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of how the Bible views them. He avoids easy answers and instead seeks to provide a balanced approach to these topics, drawing on both Old and New Testament passages to make his case.
The book is divided into three sections: "Poverty," "Wealth," and "Stewardship." In each section, Blomberg examines various aspects of poverty and wealth, such as their causes and effects, as well as how they are viewed in different cultures around the world. He also looks at how individuals can use their possessions responsibly in order to serve God's purposes in their lives. Throughout the book, Blomberg provides readers with practical advice on how to live out their faith in light of these issues.
Overall, this book is worth reading to gain a better understanding of poverty and wealth from a biblical perspective. It is well-researched, balanced, and thorough in its exploration of these topics, making it an invaluable resource for Christians seeking to live out their faith responsibly when it comes to material possessions.
God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School
"God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School" by John Cortines and Gregory Baumer is an eye-opening journey into the complex relationship between money, faith, and personal finance.
Written from the perspective of two Christians who attended Harvard Business School, the book provides honest insight into how their beliefs were challenged by the school’s culture and how they overcame these challenges to find true wealth.
The authors share stories from their time at Harvard, providing readers with a glimpse into the complexities of managing money in a secular environment. They also discuss topics such as investing for long-term goals, using debt responsibly, creating meaningful financial plans, and living a lifestyle that is consistent with one’s values.
This book is an inspiring read for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of how faith affects our views on money. It has valuable advice for those seeking to bring spiritual principles into their financial decisions, while providing an honest look at what it takes to succeed in both our professional and spiritual lives. By intertwining stories from Cortines’ and Baumer’s experiences with practical advice on managing money, this book provides readers with the necessary tools to discover true riches in life.
Money, Possessions, and Eternity: A Comprehensive Guide to What the Bible Says about Financial Stewardship, Generosity, Materialism, Retirement, Financial Planning, Gambling, Debt, and More
Admittedly the book "Money, Possessions, and Eternity: A Comprehensive Guide to What the Bible Says about Financial Stewardship, Generosity, Materialism, Retirement, Financial Planning, Gambling, Debt, and More" by Randy Alcorn has a very long title, too long really, but the title is indicative of the information Alcorn packs into the text.
This book provides an in-depth look at how the Bible speaks to our relationship with money and possessions. Alcorn's approach is practical yet thought provoking. He covers topics such as materialism, financial planning, retirement and debt in a way that encourages readers to think deeply about their own financial stewardship.
The book is well researched and contains helpful appendixes such as topical and Scripture indexes as well as a study guide. It also includes challenging questions that help readers reflect on their own attitudes towards money and possessions. The writing style is engaging and easy to understand making it accessible even for those who are not familiar with Christian theology.
Overall this book provides a resource for Christians looking to deepen their understanding of how the Bible speaks to our relationship with money and possessions. It offers a refreshing perspective on these topics that will leave readers feeling inspired to make changes in their own lives.
Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give
"Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give" by Michael Rhodes, Robby Holt, and Brian Fikkert is an eye-opening experience.
The book is about how to honor Jesus in our daily lives through how we work, earn, spend, save and give. It provides practical advice on how to live a life of faith and stewardship. The authors provide biblical principles for living a life of financial responsibility and generosity. They also discuss the importance of budgeting and saving for the future.
The authors provide real-life examples of people who are living out these principles in their own lives. This helps to illustrate how these principles can be applied in our own lives. The book also offers guidance on how to develop a plan for giving back to God through tithes and offerings.
Debt Free Living
"Debt Free Living" by Larry Burkett is a guide for anyone looking to get out of debt and stay out of debt.
This book has sold more than 300,000 copies in the two decades since it was first published and provides poignant and biblical teaching on debt. It covers topics such as credit, debt traps, bankruptcy, budgeting, financial coaching, and how debt became a way of life.
The book is written in an easy-to-understand style that makes it accessible to readers from all backgrounds. It also includes practical advice on how to manage your money and make wise financial decisions. The author provides clear explanations of the origin of most financial troubles and helps readers break the "debt cycle".
Overall, Debt Free Living by Larry Burkett is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to get out of debt and stay out of debt. It is well written and provides practical advice that can be applied to any financial situation.