Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Felber

This book is a wonderful resource for those who will not be in vocational ministry. The author does a fantastic job showing us that no matter what we do vocationally, we are all in ministry and are serving the Lord no matter what our "day job" is. We should not be separating these two things. The story of the monk and the merchant is enjoyable and there are so many practical applications in it. There are many great principles to live by and I like the fact that the study guide includes scriptural basis for those principles. I can see why Dave Ramsey has all his employees read this book within 90 days of hire. This book helps those who choose not to be the "monk" to realize they have just as vital a ministry in their own workplace. It also encourages the "monk" and the "merchant" to work together, as one body. The only part of the book that had a slight "red flag" was it could possibly be viewed as "health and wealth" doctrine. Meaning, follow these principles and you'll be rich. I don't believe that is what the author is saying but I can see how some people could see it that way. God's blessing does not always involve material wealth. There are many forms of God's blessing. He does, however, provide for all your needs. That being said, I think this book is geared toward business minded people or those who already have material wealth and what the Biblical response should be to that particular blessing.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already recommended it to several people to read.

I received this book free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.

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