How to be Rich
by Andy Stanley
I was intrigued the moment I saw the author. There are many name-it-claim-it religious movements and I dismissed the title until I caught the author's name. Andy Stanley? Surely not! For a moment, I worried he had joined the bandwagon of those insisting that you can be as rich as you want to be if you only have enough faith. However, How to Be Rich has a beautiful subtitle: It's Not What You Have, It's What You Do With What You Have. I'm happy to say Andy Stanley is as grounded as ever and sharing Biblical insight as always.
I didn't want to read the book. I have quite a few books on my want-to-read-list and they are much easier on my toes. But God has been bringing this topic up with me quite a bit lately and putting this book in my lap was another attention-getter. I've lived on a tight budget my entire life and whenever there is extra, it doesn't feel like extra because there is always something on my "need" list for the extra to go towards. This book completely tosses that mindset on its head.
My husband started the book as well, which surprised me. He enjoys reading, but it is an activity that he doesn't have much time for. His time is even more budgeted than our pockets at the moment, so a book has to be important to make the cut. A few pages in, he announced (without looking up): "He referenced Bryan Adams in the first page. I like it."
This is a short book that gets straight to the point. It isn't something you can read without changing your outlook on money, on life. It is a book that can change families, churches, communities. It's a book I highly recommend buying, and buying multiple copies to give to your pastor, your brother, your friend.
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