Book Review: The Legacy Journey

What do you believe about money? About rich people? About the 1%-ers? What if you became one of them? What if you gave away (tithes and offerings) $500 million, and drove a $100,000 car — and got hate mail for the car? It’s happening, so the question we should be asking is this: What does God think about wealth?

There’s a war on success happening in America today, and it’s something we as believers need to talk about.

Book Description from GoodReads

 

The Legacy Journey front coverWhat does the Bible really say about money? About wealth? How much does God expect you to give to others? How does wealth affect your friendships, marriage, and children? How much is “enough”?

There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth–and the wealthy. Worse, there’s a growing backlash in America against our most successful neighbors, but why? To many, wealth is seen as the natural result of hard work and wise money management. To others, wealth is viewed as the ultimate, inexcusable sin. This has left a lot of godly men and women honestly confused about what to do with the resources God’s put in their hands. God’s ways of handling money caused them to build wealth, but then they’re left feeling guilty about it. Is this what God had in mind?

In “The Legacy Journey,” “New York Times “bestselling author Dave Ramsey takes you deep into God’s Word, revealing His perspective on wealth, your personal and family legacy, and how He wants to use you to further His kingdom work around the world. You can truly live–and leave–a legacy. The journey starts today.

 

What I Thought

It was quite refreshing to read this book on biblical wealth. For anyone familiar with Dave Ramsey’s message, you’ll read briefly about the baby steps to financial freedom. But this book goes farther by looking at what the Bible really says about building wealth and being generous.

Is it okay for some people to earn substantially more than others? Does the Bible say anything about the redistribution of wealth that seems so popular within American culture today? If I’m debt free, can I really enjoy a nice car, or is that being too extravagant?

Not only does Mr. Ramsey discuss these kinds of questions within this book, but he talks briefly about the importance of teaching your children how to handle money, and what kinds of decisions you should be considering in estate planning.

The Bottom Line – 5 stars

If you are looking for a practical how-to on money, then I recommend either The Total Money Makeover or the Financial Peace University classes, both also by Dave Ramsey and his team. However, if you are working your way through the baby steps Dave recommends and are wondering if it’s ever okay to enjoy any of the money God gives to your stewardship, then this is the book to read.

 

About the Author

Dave Ramsey

Starting from nothing, by the time I was 26 I had a net worth of a little over a million dollars. I was making $250,000 a year. The short version of the story is that debt caused us to lose everything.

I went on a quest to find out how money really works, how I could get control of it and how I could have confidence in handling it. I read everything I could get my hands on. I interviewed older rich people, people who made money and kept it. That quest led me to a really, really uncomfortable place: my mirror. I came to realize that my money problems, worries and shortages largely began and ended with the person in my mirror. Along the way, I began another path—the path of helping others, literally millions of others, take the same quest to the mirror.

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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”