The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Felber

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This book reads as a story, but is really a guide book for how to be both a Christian and a businessman. There are clear lessons on how to apply business principals in a way that do not lead to compromising your beliefs, and yet allow you to make a profit. This book dispels the belief that to be a Christian means you should never be wealthy. The story is of a man who grows up in a monastery, but then when he comes of age decides to become a merchant. The lessons are given as every three years the man meets with his mentor and friend to learn from him how to be successful. He keeps a journal of these lessons, which he is now preparing to pass down to his grandson.

The story itself was interesting, as you got to see how this man applied the principles he was learning to his life. It was a great way to show many of the ideas from Proverbs in action. The 12 principles are good principles to live by for anyone who wants to maintain their Christian beliefs in the business world. It is good to show Christians that they can make money ethically, and that there is nothing wrong with making money. While reading some of the principles, it is important to keep in mind that the principles when applied will work, but that God isn’t just going to make you wealthy because you are a Christian.

The problem I have with this book, is in regards to some of the scriptures used to make their point. There were a couple of scriptures taken out of context to make points that could have been made with more appropriate scriptures. An example is the use of Matthew 6:33. He uses this to make the point that God wants us to have our desires, but this scripture kept in context is actually about God taking care of our daily needs. There were only a few examples of this, and overall the book had good Biblical advice for those in the business world. I would recommend this book to anyone who has doubts about Christians and money as long as they keep their Bible close by to check the scripture references.

 

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