The first reviewer on Amazon slammed the book, complaining that I and/or my publisher “left out the very pertinent fact that this is a religious book.” The reviewer went on to ask, “Did they think they were going to trick us into downloading and reading it, and then we would magically convert when we all read the Bible quotes?”
That review is generating many additional comments. Some are siding with the reviewer, complaining about “stealth Christianity” and “stealth evangelism.” Others are defending the book. One wrote: “I certainly wouldn’t want to read a book on marriage and finances that wasn’t founded on the truth of the Bible.”
The Heart of All of My Work
I have never made a secret of the fact that I am a Christian. It’s the most important part of my life, so it only makes sense that my faith would be at the heart of my financial teaching.
By the same token, I never want to hit people over the head with the Bible. The book contains no attempt to “convert” readers to Christianity. It simply makes the case that biblical teaching is timeless teaching, and I believe one of the take-aways from all the economic problems we’ve experienced in our country of late is that we could use a healthy dose of timeless financial truth.
It doesn’t take much effort to look around and see that something is wrong with how many people manage money. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t take much effort to notice that money is a very common source of stress between husbands and wives. It’s even a primary factor in many divorces.
So, with research showing that 44 percent of all married people say it’s okay to keep financial secrets from their spouse, what’s so wrong about using biblical teaching to encourage oneness in marriage? And with research linking debt to more frequent financial fights between spouses, what’s so wrong about referencing the biblical warning that “the borrower is servant to the lender” and to then teaching readers a process for getting out of debt?
If You Live in a Hurricane Zone…
Jesus once compared two people who built homes in a storm-prone area. One built on a foundation of sand. When the wind started to blow and the rain started to fall, that house quickly fell apart. The other built on a solid foundation of rock. When the rain came, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against the house, the house stood strong.
Of course, the solid foundation was God’s Word.
Life is a hurricane zone. It can get windy and rainy, often without much warning. Jobs can disappear. Our health can fade.
Most marriages go through their share of storms as well.
Call me crazy, but I believe we should build our lives on solid, timeless principles, not the shifting sand of the latest fad. I’ve never found any more solid principles than those I’ve learned from the Bible.
I guess I really am trying to convert people. I’m trying to convert them to a way of using money that’ll give their marriages the best chance of standing strong no matter what life throws at them.
Whether you agree or disagree, I invite your comments below and on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Of course, if you want to support my work, I’d also greatly appreciate you buying a copy of the book, whether for yourself or as a gift for someone else.