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Kind of misses the point...
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
I'm not sure what to say here. This is not a good book in my humble opinion.
I guess the basic idea is that God wants us to be wealthy, Jesus had lots of wealthy friends and Jesus wasn't really poor or homeless.
He acts like this is some amazing revelation from God because some rich guy paid off his house that was like 500k. I mean, I guess that's a miracle. If you have a church in California and have lots of rich people in your church and you talk about how you are in debt (even if he mentioned it offhand a few times), then some guy was like - hey , I got a couple million that are for fun - I want to buy a boat, I'll pay off your house.
I mean, cool. But is that really a miracle? I know that we like to think our lives are very important and if we have 500k more or 1 million more, that's a work of God. I don't know. I think God works in different ways. In that, what's important to God isn't if we have the money or not but if we seek God's kingodm, love other people, love God. That's the emphasis. You can do that poor and you can do that as the richest guy in the world.
I just think, this isn't really a special message. There's a whole chapter on "what is wealth? What is being rich?" and all this semantic mumbo jumbo. Like, you can be wealthy but not rich, wealth isn't money it's blah blah. It's kind of like word games. The words are synonomous. If I say some guy is really wealthy, we know I'm talking about money right? I don't know, this part sounds like a game.
I would pass on this book. Basically, if you want someone to reinforce the idea that getting money is cool, having lots of money so you can do stuff with it, that's cool. Great.
If you really want a good book though, I'm partial to Bob Goff. His message, while more stories and kind of an eccentric guy - his message is about trying to love other people, be humble, be patient, be generous, be and act like Jesus to other people. What do you think is the more important message today - get around rich people and get lots of money, then talk about how being wealthy is next to being Godly... OR kind of like Jesus said, "Give to ceasar what is ceasar and give to God what is God's". Jesus could have gone anywhere with this tax thing, but instead he's like - that's not my central message. Jesus talks about money but not to gather lots of it or have lots, his talking about money seems more to be like - hey, watch out for being money obsessed, where your money is where your heart is, trust in God not in your money.
If I was friends with Mark Zuckerburg and was like, "oh this miracle happened when one of my buddies gave me a million dollar" - it would sound awesome until you realized that Mark Zuckerburg was my best friend, then it'd be more like - oh that makes sense. This author is a part of a mega church in one of the richest places in the world, California. So yeah, I'm not so shocked or amazed when they keep getting people giving 100k here or there. It would be more impressive if they were doing good things with it rather than buying bigger houses or bigger churches. Again, nothing wrong with any of that - just what is your focus when you want to write about something?
I don't think this author necessarily is saying things that are contradicting the major message of Christianity, he just focuses on money way too much and not on being like Jesus and loving others or loving God. Essentially this isn't really a book about being a follower of Christ.