This was one of those books that has been sitting on the corner of my desk for a couple of years. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally read it, but I’m very glad I did. Admittedly, I was motivated by our upcoming series “From Him and Through Him and To Him,” which will address the vitally important topic of how we handle our money as Christians. This short book, with study guide included, won’t take you long to read–I was able to knock it out in about 3 hours–start to finish.
Jamie Munson has served in senior leadership at Mars Hill Church for a number of years. He wrote Money: God or Gift in 2010, I believe originally for a study they did on this subject as a church. It is written in a format that is perfect for study groups, complete with questions in the text itself at different intervals.
The book is organized in three sections, all stemming from an expositional study of Luke 12:13-48. This chapter is perhaps the most complete block on the subject of money that we see in the New Testament, straight from the teaching and parables of Jesus. Munson does a great job breaking the chapter down in bite-size pieces, with 15 total chapters in his book, 5 per section. He progresses from theology to practical guidelines, handling the big picture themes of God and money in the first section (“Rich Toward God”) and then progressing to more detailed guidelines as sections 2 (“Life is More Than Food”) and 3 (“The Faithful and Wise Manager”) unfold.
The appendices give further resources and tools, including a description of their internal controls as a church and personal budget work sheets for those who want to get started on handling their money with more care.
This book was a very solid, challenging, and practical read. His theology and biblical exposition was sound and life-giving. This is a text you can pick up at Amazon.com, and very soon in the LifePoint lobby resource center.