Books

Money, Possessions and Eternity
by Randy Alcorn

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What does the Bible really say about money? This completely revised and updated version of the classic best-seller provides a Christian perspective about money and material possessions based on the author’s painstaking study of the Bible.

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Prior to 1990, when he started EPM, he served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has spoken around the world and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

The Treasure Principle
by Randy Alcorn

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“When you discover the secret joy of the Treasure Principle, I guarantee you’ll never be content with less.” So claims Alcorn in the introduction to this small gift book on Christian generosity. Noting that fifteen percent of Christ’s teachings in the New Testament deal with money and possessions-more than his teachings on heaven and hell combined-Alcorn compares heavenly treasure, which is eternal, with earthly riches, which “will always be lost” after death. Alcorn encourages Christians to understand that everything they believe they own is actually God’s; they are merely managers. He is a compelling storyteller, whether drawing on Scripture, accounts of others who have lived generously, or recounting his own experiences; all of his book royalties and a large portion of his salary go to charity. Analyzing the pervasive disease of “affluenza” and the fact that Americans’ unprecedented wealth does not seem to be bringing extraordinary happiness, he says that he and other people who have discovered the secret of unfettered giving know that they are storing up treasures in heaven, their true home. Alcorn’s writing here is more akin to a motivational speech (including an overabundance of rhetorical questions, italicized words and exclamation points for emphasis) than a book. However, many Christians will appreciate his countercultural messages that “giving is the only antidote to materialism” and the “health and wealth gospel dishonors Christ.” Indeed, for many, this could be a life-changing book.

The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read
by Daniel R. Solin

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This book will change the way you invest. . .and it’s about time!

If your main concern is getting the most out of your money without sacrificing financial security, Dan Solin tells you how to take control of your finances and end up in the top 5% of all professionally managed money.

Solin provides a clear, simple, easy-to-follow road map that will show you exactly how your assets should be invested, using trusted, brand-name funds. He explains how to assess risk and how to allocate assets so that your portfolio is tailored precisely for you.

Most important, Solin’s four-step plan will give you a portfolio that consistently outperforms the professionals (without the fees and without the worry.)

You can avoid the biggest mistakes most investors make:

  • Falling for “dumb money” solutions that give your hard-earned cash over to hyperactive brokers and investment advisors.
  • Buying into the hype that stock picking and market timing are anything but a fool’s errand.
  • Giving too much credence to the media and self-styled gurus who peddle “financial pornography.”

Best of all, the vast majority of investors can implement Solin’s plan in ninety minutes or less per year, without any broker or adviser.


Bogle on Mutual Funds
by John C. Bogle

From Amazon.com…

In this awesome overview of investment company products and services, Bogle, founder and CEO of the $110-billion Vanguard group of funds, demonstrates that “the abundance of information available about mutual funds is . . . overwhelming.” Among the minute details included, Bogle tells not only how to improve your backhand, as it were, but how to get the best grass or clay for the tennis court. Fund categories past and present–index, international, income, growth, industry-specialized (electronic, health), long- and short-term bond (U.S., corporate, “junk”), along with sales charges pro and con (Vanguard has none), high-low expense ratios, management track records and tax considerations–all are dissected to the ultimate percentile in relation to investor objectives and an inconstant economic climate. There is certainly something here for everyone, but in the aggregate the author reaches beyond the needs (and possibly the comprehension) of readers not engaged in the investment business. 70,000 first printing; first serial to Money; Fortune Book Club main selecton.


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