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Money. The thought of it can be overwhelming, and the pursuit of it can be addicting.
Our society constantly promises us that money will provide what we want—success, comfort, peace, and happiness—leading our fickle hearts to trust money for things it was never intended to give us. Even if we think we know what the Bible says about money, there seems to be a gap between our theology and our everyday money struggles.
In this practical and hopeful book, best-selling author Paul David Tripp shows us how to view and interact with money in a God-honoring way. Through chapters that expose the depths of our heart struggles and our need for grace, this book offers a roadmap to find peace, generosity, and joy in the world that God created.
In this clear and helpful book, Baptist pastor Tripp (Sex in a Broken World) calls for a new way of thinking about money that is rooted in Christian ideals of humility and love for neighbors. With the effortless grace of a seasoned storyteller, Tripp reels off anecdotes with which readers will empathize: John believes money will give him control; a couple mortgages their home to fund reckless spending; Amanda has so much credit card debt that she considers suicide. Afterward, Tripp turns to the Bible to provide guidance scriptural analysis that is traditional and passionate, if at times overworked examining sections where money is either a curse or a blessing. His call to conversion also falls along traditional and recognizable Protestant lines: accept Jesus and you will have the power to overcome struggles (if not now, then in eternity). Although his discussions of contemporary money matters are detailed, his references to the Bible are mainly delivered in large lists of aphorisms such as "Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist" and "Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice." Tripp addresses personal spending at length but omits insights into the communal or social nature of economics; there is no critique of unjust economic systems, a conspicuous absence from the book given that it was the focus of many biblical prophets. Despite this, Tripp's stories are inviting and present an austere counterpoint to common prosperity gospel views of consumerism.