A five-point program for Christian-themed financial security.
In his nonfiction debut, Finch expands on a nine-hour seminar he developed in the 1980s designed to give his readers a step-by-step plan for achieving first financial stability and then prosperity. Finch organizes his plan under large umbrella categories like “Principle of STEWARDSHIP,” “Principle of COMMUNICATION,” and “Principle of GIVING,” and he spices up the flow of his well-designed book with insets that bear simple mottos; e.g., “Building a lifestyle using the credit card benefits the creditor at the expense of the debtor.” Here, God and wealth are harmonized; readers are assured that God wants them to prosper but expects them to do their parts, which is where Finch and his manual come in. He presents a straightforward set of financial principles—avoid debt, set a budget and stick to it, live within your means—and reminds us that “we live in a society that emphasizes consumption.” The responsibility for resisting such acquisitiveness falls squarely on our own shoulders. Better not to rely on programs like Social Security (which Finch characterizes as a “Ponzi scheme”) or a government mired in runaway deficit spending. However, “if God wants you to have a life of abundance,” he writes, addressing the central worry of his subject, “the fact that some of this abundance is found in material possessions is not a sin.” When Finch asserts “God is not asking us to live on the edge of existence,” he’s preaching a variation of the very popular “prosperity gospel” in which “Christian” and “wealthy” aren’t contradictory concepts. Many of his Christian readers will be grateful for this, and even non-Christians can benefit from the sound financial common sense he provides.
Measured, reliable financial advice provided with a smooth overlay of Christianity.