From faith, to family, to finance, the author of Soar! and He-Motions shares the key foundations of a rich spiritual life and how to achieve success based on God’s plan for each of us.
Bishop T. D. Jakes, preacher, author, motivator, and entrepreneur, is one of the most respected and influential voices in the country today. Now, in The Great Investment, Bishop Jakes empowers readers by laying out the blueprint for balanced successful living. He explains how the triad of faith, family, and finance is the cornerstone of a life of moral success—success based on God’s plan.
Bishop Jakes explains that faith is the foundation of all that we want to achieve, offering support in healing and restoration during trying times. Family is the anchor, keeping us grounded. Finally, and no less crucial, Bishop Jakes removes the veil from the frequently neglected topic of healthy finance, making it accessible and achievable.
This uneven effort by the indomitable Jakes (The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord) inadvertently contains two discrete books--one on family, and one on personal finance. The sections on family are the best; Jakes compares the ideal Christian family (two parents, one of whom is a stay-at-home mom, and both of whom were virgins when they wed) with the more diverse reality of contemporary America. He quite effectively addresses nontraditional configurations such as blended, one-parent, and grandmother-headed families in a supportive and nonjudgmental tone. Jakes speaks specifically to African-American families like his own, who were left "emancipated but incapacitated" after generations of slavery. The finance portion of the book reflects Jakes's desire to avoid preaching the health-and-wealth gospel while simultaneously telling readers that God wants them to be financially comfortable. Jesus, says Jakes, desires Christians to have the kind of worldly influence that only wealth can bring. Much of Jakes's financial advice is typical of other Christian money gurus such as Larry Burkett and Mary Hunt, though without their detailed plans for debt-free living and profitable investing. Jakes stands out with his memorable biblical examples of prudent money management and his clear stance that Christian tithing should be from gross, not net, income. While there are flashes of genius in both the finance and family sections, the whole would be improved by a more narrow focus on just one of its parts.