Money Enough | Book Review

The following book review was written by ChristianPF reader Kallen Thompson.

Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy (The Practices of Faith Series) by Douglas A. Hicks teaches us how the global economy affects our thoughts on money and how we decide what is enough according the world’s standard versus what our faith can provide.

It is divided into nine chapters that compare the aspects of world economics and what God teaches us. The first chapter, Surviving, uses the example of the current economic downturn and how many have lost not only money, but homes, jobs, and self-esteem. He notes how we as Christians need to coordinate our actions to assist with this crisis.

In the next chapter, Valuing, we must decide if our personal value is decided by a monetary value, such as happened in the case of the 9-11 disaster. Learning to Discern our Desires, leads us into decisions of wants versus needs compared to the world’s consumerism beliefs. Then we learn also about Providing for our families, our community, our church.

In the chapter on Laboring, the saying “time is money” affects our very attitude toward work, those that have lost their jobs and how this has affected not only their income, but their outlook on the future. We need to realize that our labors are not to be measured by time or money.

Recreating seems to be what everyone lives for, but the author notes that we need to learn to enjoy daily recreation right in our own home and community rather than thinking we can only relax and forget life somewhere far from home. It brings a new light to what we have been taught through marketing and global economy.

Expanding the Community brings us closer to understand – ‘who is our neighbor?’ An updated version of the Good Samaritan relayed how we should view our neighbor. It was a great example. Mr. Hicks also relayed a personal story of a small rural town that he grew up in and how the only place the different ethnic groups would co-mingle was the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store. This leads to the chapter on doing justice, Mr. Hicks notes that “In the biblical accounts and in that of the founder of modern economics, doing justice is about setting up and maintaining an orderly system of economic life. The final chapter, Sharing, brings to mind that when we have abundance, we should share with those with needs, because one day, we could be that person in need.

Anyone that wants to have a better understanding of how economics and the teachings of the Bible are intermingled, this is a good book to read. It would be much better to read this book in a group, book club or class room setting where you could discuss the points of each chapter. It is written very much like a textbook, so I would suggest you read with the understanding that each chapter will build on the next and you may have to take notes.

I would recommend this book to my friends and also suggest it for study groups. Good content, extremely good research on the subject. Also would be a good resource for a term paper.

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1 Comment
  1. Randy Redd

    Great review of what portends to be a great book. I couldn’t help but reflect on the aspect of the job I have right now and whether or not I am a good steward of that job. With so many folks who’ve lost jobs lately, it occurred to me how precious it is to have one, and even more, to have one you enjoy.

    Again, thanks for making us aware of the book. I’m ordering it now!

    Randy Redd rreddink.blogspot.com