The Title Of The Book
The title for this book,
Master Your Money Or It Will Master You, was selected after considerable thought. Jesus said that you cannot can serve two masters, referring to God and money (Matthew 6:24). Also, the writer of Proverbs, implies that the lender is master of the borrower (Proverbs 22:7). It is unfortunate to see so many people who have money as their master. This can take the form of being a “workaholic,” trying to get ahead in this world at the expense of neglecting more important priorities, or of being in such bondage to debt that they are not even free to pray or do other aspects of God’s will. Scripture gives much instruction regarding money as emphasized in Chapters 3 and 4.
In addition to Biblical principles, this book includes many interesting topics such as goal setting, developing a spending plan, getting out of debt and staying out of debt, money saving tips, buying a car and a home, investing, and stewardship. It also discusses the implications of a mother of young children working outside the home.
Format Of The Book
This book is written in a question and answer format. The reader may choose topics of greater interest at the time and obtain answers to his questions without having to read extensively.
Purpose Of The Book
There is an old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is true that experience is a good teacher, but it can be a hard and expensive way to learn. It is hoped that by reading this book, the readers can be spared many of the problems resulting from poor financial management. Even for those who are in the midst of these problems, it is never too late to start to learn. Hopefully, the information in this book will help them get through these problems and avoid future ones.
I would like to get the principles of this book into the hearts and minds of all young people before they have to make a living on their own. Unfortunately, some who are having every need supplied by their parents will see this information about as relevant to them as resume writing skills to a kindergarten child. They will perhaps have to learn these lessons the hard and expensive way. The tendency toward divorces and other financial problems could be avoided by learning from the history of others who have encountered these problems.
Married couples will definitely see the value of this book because it deals with situations they are currently facing. Older people will especially benefit from the sections that cover retirement and provision for death. They also might want to give a copy to or teach some of the material to couples who are about to be married or are recently married.
This book also can be used as a text for a personal finance course in Christian schools and Bible colleges.