The Great Investment : Balancing Faith, Family and Finance to Build a Rich Spiritual Life
Bishop T. D. Jakes, preacher, author, motivator, and entrepreneur, is one of the most respected and influential voices in the country today. Now, in The Great Investment, Bishop Jakes gives readers the blueprint for balanced successful living. He explains how the triad of faith, family and finance is the cornerstone of a life of moral success--success based on God's plan.
Faith is the foundation of all that we want to achieve. Bishop Jakes explores the impact faith can have in healing and restoring quality of life to those whose history has caused them setbacks.
Family is the anchor, keeping us grounded, supporting us, and allowing us to stay focused. A healthy family sustains us while giving meaning to our endeavors.
Finally, and no less crucial, Finance is the often misunderstood factor in the equation for success. Bishop Jakes removes the veil from this frequently neglected topic, and shows that, not only is it not profane to focus on this area, it is essential.
Bishop T. D. Jakes's goal is to empower every woman and man. With this new book he provides the tools for us to chart a course for success and accomplish everything that God has promised. This is truly a book of our time.
This uneven effort by the indomitable Jakes (The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord) inadvertently contains two discrete booksAone on family, and one on personal finance. The sections on family are the best; Jakes compares the ideal Christian family (two parents, one of whom is a stay-at-home mom, and both of whom were virgins when they wed) with the more diverse reality of contemporary America. He quite effectively addresses nontraditional configurations such as blended, one-parent, and grandmother-headed families in a supportive and nonjudgmental tone. Jakes speaks specifically to African-American families like his own, who were left "emancipated but incapacitated" after generations of slavery. The finance portion of the book reflects Jakes's desire to avoid preaching the health-and-wealth gospel while simultaneously telling readers that God wants them to be financially comfortable. Jesus, says Jakes, desires Christians to have the kind of worldly influence that only wealth can bring. Much of Jakes's financial advice is typical of other Christian money gurus such as Larry Burkett and Mary Hunt, though without their detailed plans for debt-free living and profitable investing. Jakes stands out with his memorable biblical examples of prudent money management and his clear stance that Christian tithing should be from gross, not net, income. While there are flashes of genius in both the finance and family sections, the whole would be improved by a more narrow focus on just one of its parts. (Nov.) Forecast: This title does not have the female audience appeal that helped to sell more than a million copies of Woman, Thou Art Loosed!, but Jakes's name and well-established television ministry will ensure reasonable success for this volume. Booksellers might consider stocking it under both religion and personal finance.
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February 27, 2002
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