Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money & Meaning

Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money & Meaning

Money management, Resource Review
Nathan Dungan, Share Save Spend, 2010 When it comes to money, families often go silent out of fear or a sense of taboo or else yell in rancor, born of financial anxiety and family conflict. So how do children learn healthy money habits from age five on up? And how can congregations help shape wise financial values and practices in the families they serve? In Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money & Meaning, Nathan Dungan presents a gold mine of interactive conversation starters and activities for families to help them build healthy conversations and habits for dealing with money. In addition to using a DVD, this resource is chock full of discussion questions, exercises, and proposed interviews, set in a user-friendly workbook format. In the section entitled “Money Sanity Basics,” Dungan…
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Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity

Giving, Money management, Resource Review, Simple Living
Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity is a great guide for making personal money decisions. It is also well suited for a group study exploring money dynamics or for creating personal financial plans and strategies. In a concise writing, Adam Hamilton explores how a life lived in concert with God’s good intentions is blessed through living simply with generosity toward God and neighbor. Drawing deeply from scripture to highlight themes and illustrate points, he puts forward an easily adopted outline for living an abundant life. In a concise writing, Adam Hamilton explores how a life lived in concert with God’s good intentions is blessed through living simply with generosity toward God and neighbor. Drawing deeply from scripture to highlight themes and illustrate points, he puts forward an easily adopted…
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The Star Book for Stewardship

The Star Book for Stewardship

Biblical, Leadership, Money management, Resource Review, Stewardship
by Clifford A. Jones Sr., Judson Press, 2011, ISBN: 0817016651 In a time of economic uncertainty for many local congregations comes a book that, according to its author, is “intended as a practical guide to personal and institutional stewardship.” Clifford Jones writes with clarity about ways to flesh out stewardship scripturally within the realm of pastor as preacher and teacher, pragmatically for the person in the pew, sharing practices for sound personal financial management, in worship settings with a variety of personal testimonies, and emphasizing the importance of the local church being a good steward. In this last section, space is given to understanding stewardship beyond finances to the act of advocacy on behalf of those with limited resources. This is a welcome book for any pastor looking to enhance…
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The Art of Debt-Free Living: Living Large on Less Than You Earn

The Art of Debt-Free Living: Living Large on Less Than You Earn

Money management, Resource Review, Simple Living
By Deborah J. Nayrocker (Winepress Publishing, 2005) Review by Michael Meier, associate executive for mission support for the Synodical Relations unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This is one of the better books available to help Christians with personal money management. It is accessible, practical, and encouraging, and it includes a number of helpful tables and worksheets. Nayrocker begins with a brief description of the current culture's financial realities and pitfalls. She then discusses roadblocks to becoming debt-free. After describing the benefits of debt-free living, the author invites the reader to do a financial self-analysis and to develop a manageable plan for getting on the right track. She emphasizes following through to achieve debt-free living. One chapter eloquently makes the case for giving and generosity. This book encourages…
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Three Simple Rules Guaranteed to Improve Your Finances

Three Simple Rules Guaranteed to Improve Your Finances

Money management, Resource Review
by Theo A. Boers (Morris Publishing, 2003), 96 pp.; download from www.ThreeRules.org Review by Laurel Hensel, a member of the stewardship staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America I'm sure I was invited to review this particular sixty-seven-page book because I have been drowning in debt nearly all of my adult life. Author Theo Boers, who runs a financial counseling ministry, wrote this book with me in mind. Here are the “three simple rules”: Spend less than you earn. Save now; buy later. Know your debt. Boers dedicates twenty-five addendum pages to financial planning worksheets, assessments, and handy guidelines, which he also offers free online at www.ThreeRules.org/ Since his target audience is young couples, Boers effectively uses the case study of “Steve and Jessica”—newlyweds with student debts, new leased cars, too…
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Money Talks: 10 Bible-Based Sessions on Making, Saving, and Spending Money

Money Talks: 10 Bible-Based Sessions on Making, Saving, and Spending Money

Biblical, Money management, Resource Review
By Todd Temple (Grand Rapids: Zondervan and Youth Specialties, 2003), ISBN: 0-310245-48-6, 144 pp., $19.99US/29.00CDN Review by Jane Schuyler, congregational support specialist for the Reformed Church in America Senior-high-school youth leaders, church school teachers, and small group leaders will want to examine this ten-session practical, common sense, biblical approach to personal finance planning. Topics include tithing, investing, spending, and simplified lifestyle. For leaders who feel inexperienced when talking about personal finances, each section contains a section just for them. It contains a background article on the subject that provides leaders with more in-depth information and helps them apply the key ideas covered in the student sessions. The scripts on the accompanying CD-ROM can be customized to match the leaders personal and conceptual adaptations. Thus, changes could be made if the…
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How Much Is Enough? Harness the Power of Your Money Story and Change Your Life

How Much Is Enough? Harness the Power of Your Money Story and Change Your Life

Money management, Resource Review
by Pamela York Klainer, (New York City: Basic Books, 2001), ISBN: 0-465-03748-8, 336 pp., $26US/$37.70CDN. Review by Michael Meier, director for leadership development with the Stewardship Team of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's Division for Congregational Ministries and Giving's resource review editor Pamela Klainer has written an outstanding book. It is a money book aimed at the person who knows how to make, invest, and use money. It assists such a person in discovering how his or her experiences with money relate to personal happiness, meaningful relationships, spiritual fulfillment, and professional success. In the author's own words, This is the money book for successful people seeking to move from anxiety and ‘the game of relentless pursuit’ to lives that are connected, passionate, vibrant, and meaningful. This is not another work/life-balance…
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