One of my last articles of 2017 was my reading list for the New Year. I was, and still am, excited to dive into some new books this year. A few weeks ago I finished my first one of the year and thought I’d do a quick book review for those of you who are interested. I’ll be reading some personal finance books along with some others this year and I’ll plan to tell you a bit about each one once I finish. This first one was a major winner! I read Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater and loved every page of it.
If you’ve been following Eat Pray Budget for long, you know that we got our start with Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. Dallas and I are forever grateful for the knowledge we gained from that book but we definitely want to branch out now and learn from the other finance guru’s out there. Personal finance is just that, personal and I think we can learn from so many folks who are smart with money. Hence the money books on my list.
Your Money God’s Way doesn’t sway too far from Ramsey’s teachings, the author is a huge Ramsey fan and like Dallas and me, she and her husband pulled themselves out of a financial mess with Ramsey’s plan. A former (broke and majorly in debt) journalist turned Money Ministry, Pastor, Amie Streater has the personal experience to back up each statement in the book. As a Pastor now (or at the time the book was published in 2010), she’s seen and heard it all and uses some of those examples to teach ridiculously valuable lessons in the book.
This book offers a one, two punch to all of the lies (or more tactfully put by Streater, “Counterfeit Convictions”) that Christians tell themselves about money. She backs up the truth with biblical references and excellent real-life examples. There were so many times while reading, I’d stop dead in the middle of the chapter and excitedly read something to Dallas. Yes, I’m a nerd, I know! It was just that good!
Toward the end of the book, the author provides budget examples with suggested percentages of expenses to income. I found these to be excellent tools and plan to compare them to our own budget to see how we stack up. I’ll let you know the outcome… but I’m excited to see where we stand in some categories.
What I enjoyed the most about the book was the author’s delivery. It was firm and truthful but not shaming or condemning. At this point in our personal finance journey, I felt empowered by the incredible truth the author brought in this one. I felt relieved knowing we are executing a plan with our finances that is biblically sound.
The book also does a great job of outlining what Christians should understand when giving and investing (or going into business) with folks from their church. Streater does an amazing job of offering thought-provoking, insightful and practical money advice in an easy to digest manner.
Whether you’re a Christian struggling with your finances or thriving with all things money, this book is a must-read. I definitely learned some new tricks, squirmed at some of the counterfeit convictions and will be applying some of her suggestions to my own budget. Click here to grab your copy on Amazon. If you read it, I’d love to hear what you think too! Feel free to email me or reach out via social media!
Until next time, spend safely!
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