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Overview Atkinson opens readers' eyes to the truth about wealth and what it means to be shrewd. This biblically based, practical, readable, and funny book will enable readers to conquer money, not merely solve money problems.
Publishers Description If financial freedom seems like an unattainable dream–wake up! Let Neil Atkinson open your eyes to the truth about wealth in this biblically based, practical, readable, funny, and encouraging guide.
If you want to get a grip on your finances, you've got to let go of your misconceptions about what it means to be shrewd. The Shrewd Christian will enable you to conquer money, not merely solve money problems. When you change your thinking, you'll see your lifestyle change. And when your lifestyle changes, you'll experience true wealth.
Neil Atkinson started out where you are. And now he's ready to you how to achieve authentic, biblical financial freedom for the rest of your life.
“Neil Atkinson has an extremely solid, biblical perspective on personal finances. As he states, shrewd Christians do not ignore money or stop at money alone. Instead, they go through money and get past money so they can be involved in more important things. I highly recommend this book. It's fun, serious, and full of practical helps.” –Denny Rydberg, president of Young Life, an international outreach ministry to adolescents
“What I love about this book is the coupling of callings: that people matter and money matters. The Shrewd Christian is a fantastic guide to improving your economy while maintaining your ‘people are primary' philosophy.” –Marilyn Meberg, author of The Zippered Heart and speaker for the Women of Faith conferences
“Neil Atkinson does a masterful job of offering the ‘Christian middle-class' practical solutions to everyday financial issues. The Shrewd Christian challenges and encourages God's people to live as biblically wise stewards in an increasingly hostile world.” –David Briggs, director of the Good Sense Stewardship Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church
“Neil's wry sense of humor punctuates each page of The Shrewd Christian; his years of personal experience and his wisdom make this book invaluable. The Shrewd Christian makes it not only possible but simple and fun to control money, instead of letting it control you.” –Grace Ketterman, child and family psychiatrist and author of numerous books, including When You Feel Like Screaming
“Neil helps us to understand how we can reach the goals of gladness and contentment and how costly it is to our souls when we allow finances to be the center of our affections. As you read Neil's wise counsel in this book, you will hear the voice of Jesus whispering in your ear, ‘Follow me.' Neil encourages and teaches us to stop listening to the bad shepherds in our society and to keep our souls aligned with the Good Shepherd: Jesus.” –Craig Williford, Ph.D., president of Denver Seminary Neil Atkinson is not a financial expert, but he has learned what it means to become and remain truly wealthy. A graduate of Hope College and Fuller Seminary, Neil worked with Young Life for thirty-two years in a variety of leadership positions. There he discovered how to thrive, not just survive, on a meager ministry salary. In 1996, Neil founded Next! Leadership Development, helping people actively pursue God's calling on their lives.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 10" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 17, 2004
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578567963 ISBN13 9781578567966
Reviews - What do customers think about The Shrewd Christian: You Can't Have It All, But You Can Have More Than Enough?
shrewd christian Jan 10, 2007
I am still reading this book. So far I've really enjoyed it. Lots of good info and challenges. If you want to change your perspective on money and wealth, this is the book for you.
Good principles, mediocre writing, wrong tone. May 28, 2006
The principles in Atkinson's book are sound, and definitely will help you get finances in order. But only if you can get through the rest of the stuff to get to them. I found the "catchy" formulas (TD+KoRR=L and others) laborious and hard to remember. The tone was perhaps too informal, and felt somewhat condescending to me. (At one point, Atkinson calls his reader "boophead." Boophead?)
There are many good nuggets in this book, and it's worth a perusal if your library has a copy. For a handbook to revolutionize your finances, however, I'd look elsewhere.
A must read! Mar 16, 2006
This is a truly great book. I bought it on a whim at a used bookstore and my financial life has become better because of it. I am not Christian but bought it because I love finance books (I have my own bookkeeping business). The concepts that are written about are applicable to everyone, and speak of the importance of building a happy and satisfying life by building good personal relationships and productive activities. Unlike most personal finance books it doesn't feel you should have budget which is where most people have failure issues. I would absolutely suggest this book to anyone and feel it will pay for itself with the first day or two.
This Book Is Amazing! Jun 14, 2004
This book has saved me from making a huge mistake! I was about to go out and take a second job to get myslef out of debt, but using the principles in Neil's book, I have already found (saved) hundred's of dollars that I didn't know I was losing every single week! I estimate that I will keep (for that debt payoff) an extra $5,200.00-$7,800.00 this year alone! And, best of all, this is without spending one extra minute outside my home and away from my children! Thank God for this book! Buy it, read it, share it!
Shrewd for the right reasons Mar 20, 2004
Never would I have expected when The Shrewd Christian was recommended for immediate read that it would be such an engaging, "entertaining", encouraging and enlightening book about--of all things, finances!! I rarely read anything in one sitting, but Neil Atkinson kept my attention--through his own story, through a writing style that almost jumped off the page, through his knowledge as well as his passion for his subject. I'm excited about a book which focuses on helping the Christian middle class (plus anyone who elects to read this informative threatise) attain financial freedom--not so we can "have" more but so that we might "be" more about what matters--"kingdom work and relationships". Although I'm not sure if my husband and I can "live well on less than half of the money we make", Neil and his wife Margie's goal, I was certainly challenged to look at how we do live. Thankfully Neil didn't just challenge me, he also gave many, many helpful and practical ways to become "truly wealthy". Bravo to NA and Waterbrook for bringing a radically passionate financial prospective to my attention.