I don’t know anything about Geraci, but from reading his book, I think I like the guy. I don’t have any reason to doubt his character or ability. I found myself cheering internally at several of the points he made, and fascinated by some thoughts I had never heard before. Unfortunately, though, that's about where the praise stops. The quality of this book is objectively - even shockingly - poor. Probably the worst I've ever read. This isn’t written in an attempt to effectively summarize what the Bible says about money or wealth building. Nor is it written from the perspective of any particular financial acumen or expertise, either. Rather, it’s as if Geraci recognized after years of giving people very basic advice through his role as a pastor, “You know, if I wrote down my go-to pieces of advice, then ... that could be a book!”
Here’s his advice, in short: there are a lot of mental hurdles when it comes to wealth, but it’s worth it to address them, because it turns out there are benefits to being wealthy, too. It comes with added responsibility, but it’s a responsibility that can be carried in a godly way, as many notable Biblical characters have done. Once your worldview on wealth is corrected, embrace a few principles about money management that will help in your journey: be content with what you have, avoid debt, work hard, and give money away.
And there you have it. There isn’t too much in the way of rationalizing or research-presenting to convince the readers why what he’s saying is true; he more so just shares his thoughts in the briefest way possible and moves to the next point. Despite Geraci’s failure to do this book justice, here are a few quotes I found notable:
On Trusting God To Provide
“I am always amazed when people expect God’s blessing when they are not following God’s counsel … The Bible explains key habits to change your financial future for the better, but you must take that information and use it to review and modify your habits” (p. 6).
“Money is a test to see how we handle what God has given us” (p. 17).
Reconciling Biblical Themes Regarding Wealth
“Christ tells us to occupy till He comes [a reference to Luke 19:13; ‘occupy’ in this verse is also translated ‘keep doing business’]. That means we shouldn’t build bunkers and prepare for the apocalypse. We need to wisely realize the time, but remember that realizing the time has more to do with caring about the salvation of our friends and neighbors” (p. 46).
“[Referencing Matthew 19:21] Instead of ‘sell all that you have,’ a better translation would be ‘sell all that has you.’ What possession controls you?” (p. 66)
“[Referencing Matthew 19:24] The eye of the needle is a term for the gate entering the city. A camel would have to kneel to fit through the narrow gate into the city, shedding its saddles and baggage. What baggage do you need to get rid of before you can enter the kingdom?” (pp. 66-67).
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