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Your Finances God’s Way by Scott LaPierre

Publisher’s Summary

Nine Kids. One Income. Zero Debt.

Ever since he got married, author and pastor Scott LaPierre has supported his family on a single salary while remaining debt-free. He’s witnessed the stress that accompanies financial insecurity, yet he’s learned firsthand that even those with a limited income can eliminate monetary worries when they abide by biblical principles.

With Your Finances God’s Way, you’ll replace negative spending habits with positive patterns that will set you on the road to financial freedom. Drawing from the Bible’s wisdom on money management, this book provides essential steps backed by proven practices, helping you

  • get the most out of your money by paying off debt and building up savings
  • make informed spending choices that help you avoid anxiety, regret, and conflict
  • enjoy the fruits of managing your money in a way that honors God

Use what God has provided to thrive! Whether you’re young or old, married or single, working or staying at home, Your Finances God’s Way will give you everything you need to be a Christlike steward of the resources you’ve been given

Scott LaPierre’s perspicaciously written Your Finances God’s Way guides us through what God has to say about our finances and how to be effective stewards of our money.

In the first few chapters, LaPierre lays the framework for financial application; then he moves on to the “core” of the book. I appreciated his viewpoint, which mirrors God’s viewpoint, particularly because he practices what he preaches within his family, including his wife and nine (9) children.

The book is replete with Scriptural context and parables from the Lord. There are numerous practical applications, as well as links to budget worksheets and an extensive number of resources listed in the endnotes, chapter by chapter.

LaPierre devotes several chapters to giving and how we as Christians should give. Other chapters include God’s view of debt, saving and retirement.

I received a review copy of this book from the author via Booksprout. All opinions are my own, and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

How You See Yourself: The Source of Your Struggle and How to Conquer It! by David L. Johnston

About the Book

Ever go to a carnival and look into one of those distorted mirrors, you know, the ones that make you look three feet tall and five feet wide? The image of yourself that you see back is distorted. It can produce a good laugh. But many of us struggle with a similar condition – we don’t see ourselves accurately. We are hindered from being the best version of ourselves, the version God intended. We are prevented by this insidious thing called iniquity. Iniquity is mentioned 334 times in the Bible, yet so many remain oblivious to its significant and negative impact on everyday living. Iniquity is the ancient term for narcissism. It’s what turned a good angel, Lucifer, into the devil… “thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:15). It’s one of the four reason Jesus went to the cross… “He was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). It’s why Jesus was sent… “to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26). As you journey through the pages of this book you will not only identify the problems iniquity imposes upon us, but you will also discover the solutions.

As I read David L. Johnston’s book, How You See Yourself, I realized that I thought iniquity and sin were more or less equal, and interchangeable, not realizing they are two very distinct concepts. Starting with an in-depth explanation of the difference between sin and iniquity, Johnston exposes the origin of iniquity-Satan, also known as Lucifer. He continues chapter-by-chapter to describe the effects of iniquity in our lives and how it separates us from God, just as it separated and separates Satan from Him, too.

I’ve never read a more thorough, all-encompassing book on how iniquity impacts every part of our lives, including how familial iniquities are passed down through the centuries and harm future generations.

Johnston supports his assertions with an extraordinary number of Bible verses from the King James translation of the Bible. It will be life-changing to read, pray about and apply the relevant portions of this book Biblically.

How You See Yourself is not a book that can be quickly read, grasped and comprehended. Our inevitable battle with the flesh will necessitate a more patient, deliberate engagement. It will, however, not be a waste of time.

I received a free copy of this book from HigherLife and voluntarily chose to give it my honest review.