Poverty, Riches, & Wealth is a quick and fascinating read that essentially functions as a compilation of anything and everything Kris Vallotton has to say about money. Many of chapters feel only loosely connected at best, but each one is packed with revelatory insight, which is particularly refreshing given that money is a topic that most pastors either misunderstand, intentionally manipulate, or avoid altogether. And of course, in classic Kris V fashion, the interwoven stories throughout the book are the icing on the cake - this dude is hilarious. Some of the high points Kris hits on include:
If I were to give a single central message or theme to Kris’ new book, it would be this: Christians get bent out of shape when it comes to money - largely due to incorrect assumptions of the Bible says - and it’s time for us to cut it out! Most of the book is an explanation & justification of ‘why,’ and occasionally you get a bit of the ‘how.’ His first action step on how to get wealthy? - start giving some money away! Counter-intuitive, isn’t it?
Check out some of his best quotes for yourself:
Jesus And Wealth
The Differences Between Poverty, Riches, And Wealth
From wealth thinking vs. poverty thinking vs. rich thinking, pp. 60-62:
Interestingly, the difference between the rich and the poor is not much at all; they are simply on opposite ends of the economic spectrum. Internally, though, they are actually the same - both are focused on money: either their lack of it or their surplus, either as their enemy or as their savior. On the other hand, the wealthy can exist anywhere along the economic spectrum, as their focus is not on money, but on influencing peoples and societies for the better.
God’s Heart For Wealth Creation
The Power Of Consistent Choices
Do you feel like you have a healthy mindset when it comes to money and wealth? Or did something Kris say in his book differ from what you were taught growing up? Given that money will be a part of our lives for as long as we live, we'll do ourselves good by investing in the way that we think about and engage with it. From my experience, reading Poverty, Riches, & Wealth is a great way to do that.
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