Thank you everyone for your support of The Money Challenge!
To help you get to know the book a little better, here are few questions about The Money Challenge and their answers.
Why did you write The Money Challenge?
Like many Americans, those in the church are experiencing significant financial stress. It is impacting their career, ministry, family, and their generosity. They live in fear. They are afraid of their current financial situation and they are afraid of what their future financial picture will look like.
This is not God’s desire for us.
God designed us, not to be hoarders, but conduits through which His generosity flows. The Money Challenge helps readers discover and realize this design. My hope is that readers will begin living the fulfilling, adventurous, and generous life on which too many of us are missing out.
What is the biggest financial mistake Christians are making today?
In the book, there are four “Generosity Killers”—keeping up with the Joneses, debt, disorganization, and a financially separate marriage. But these are not the major mistakes many are making. Becoming healthy in these areas is a means to a much greater end.
The biggest mistake is found in our priorities.
For many, generosity is about the leftovers. It is what happens once all of the needs and wants are met. This is not what the Bible teaches us. The Bible reveals that generosity is the first priority. Our financial rhythm should go like this—give generously, save wisely, and live appropriately.
Most books make financial health an end. In The Money Challenge, financial health is not an end but a means to a greater, more satisfying end. The book desires to align the reader with God’s design for them and their money.
What are some unique features of The Money Challenge?
At the beginning of each chapter, we follow a fictional story about Annie, a young woman whose money struggles mirror those of many Americans. Annie gets connected with a banker, G.B., who encourages her to follow God’s design for her money, to give generously, save wisely, and live appropriately.
We then move from Annie’s story to practical application for the reader. At the end of each chapter, the reader is presented with a Money Challenge. Some of these challenges involve money, others don’t. All challenges are designed to help the reader experience the generous life God designed us to live.
What is your hope for those that read The Money Challenge?
Of course, I hope this becomes a book on money that they actually enjoy reading!
More than that though, I hope that readers are able to take steps toward becoming financially healthy, but not just for the sake of being financially healthy. I want them to experience financial health so that they can live with open hands, ready and able to do and give has God directs them.
How can pastors use The Money Challenge?
Generosity starts with the local church. Pastors could use this to initiate a 30-day Money Challenge for church members or make it a part of a sermon series. The book is also structured well for small groups and premarital counseling.
To make the book more accessible to their members, pastors can buy a box of 20 books for $100.
How can someone find out more?
Find out more at TheMoneyChallengeBook.com.