Monday, December 17, 2012

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant - A Review

A Review

Non-fiction books are intended to tell of events or facts that are based in reality.  Fiction books are intended to tell a story, though not based in reality, that, hopefully, will be of interest to the reader.  This book was both.

The story is interesting - as Grandfather tells Julio the story of his life in business.  This story includes the necessary set of characters: monks, pirates, friends, fires, and family.  Together they contribute to a story that I could not put down - often feeling the need to finish just one more chapter before turning in for the night.

But as the story develops, Grandfather’s mentor and friend, Allesio, shares twelve principles that were to serve Grandfather and others well throughout the years.  Some of these principles were ones I was able to apply within my life (e.g. “LIVE DEBT FREE AND BELOW YOUR MEANS”.  Others, I knew, but found difficult to apply (e.g. “SET ASIDE THE FIRST 10 PERCENT TO HONOR GOD.”).  And, finally, there were some that appear to be just common sense (e.g. “FINANCIAL PROSPERITY IS OFTEN  CONNECTED TO SOUL PROSPERITY”).  

The book is more than story and principles - it also includes a very brief list of Bible references to support the principles discussed in the book.  In addition to the brief list of Biblical Scripture references, there is a twelve session study guide for a group to use as they discuss the book.  The author suggests that each participant read the entire book before beginning a group study of the concepts and themes contained within the book.

My only concern with this book is its tangential focus on what some have called “The Prosperity Gospel” - if taken to extremes, the principles in this book could lead one into the trap that financial blessing will come to all who follow these principles.  It must be remembered, that, while following these principles does not guarantee financial blessing, it, they will guarantee God’s blessing.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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