Hello, I’m Chris, Erica’s husband.
Erica recently asked me to read and review a book she received in the mail called “Money Purpose Joy” by Matt Bell (Subtitled “The Proven Path to Uncommon Financial Success”)
I found this book to be very well written and wasn’t just another ‘get rich quick’ or financial planning book as it had clear, understandable suggestions as well as stories about real people and the struggles that they have had with managing money and how through their walk with Christ have something to share to help us learn more as well.
Matt Bell starts out the book telling his story about how he received a large sum of money as an inheritance when he was young and very quickly spent it all and ended up going into significant debt. Once he hit rock bottom he started to look for help and was able to find his way out of debt and through the process has now started to counsel people who are in similar circumstances about managing their money.
He goes on to share other similar stories through the book of people, some of whom were in significant debt, and others who were simply living beyond their means and working very hard just to keep up with their financial obligations. Sharing how people should focus more on starting at the beginning of who you are and what our true desires are and contrasting them with the pull of our consumer minded culture, Matt urges the reader to stop trying to try and always ‘keep up’ with appearances as it is really taking away from our true joy and fulfillment in life.
Relationships, giving of ones self, and giving back the money that God has provided for us can help a person feel much more fulfilled in life and being able to be free from the constant stresses that money can bring is one of the ways to move closer to that kind of a life.
The book is structured in 4 different sections (1. Where we are, 2 Where we belong 3. How We’ll get there 4. Hep for the Journey) with about 2-4 chapters in each section. At the end of each chapter you get a few summary points of what was covered in the chapter as well as a few key points of action that should be taken as a result of reading that chapter which I really found helpful. He also includes charts, graphs and helpful tools and website URL’s to compliment the book and what he is trying to explain. There is also a study guide that is a companion to this book that I have not had a change to read yet, but after reading it, I am very interested in going through it with a small group.
I found this book to be very encouraging as well as challenging to change my way of thinking and working towards starting to change how I manage my money instead of letting it control me. There are many things that I will change in my habits right away because of this book and the useful advice that is given and I hope that there are also some long term changes that I cam make to my life so that I’m not constantly working, working, working and not having enough time for things that matter like my family, my friends and giving to things that really matter to me.
I would strongly recommend this book to any Christian or non-Christian whether they struggle with finances or not as it is very helpful to understand the concepts as well as the need for accountability as we are going through the journey together with others who are in similar circumstances.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received this book for free from Navpress for reviewing purposes. This post reflects my personal opinion and experience with the book which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.