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Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God's Abundance
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Book Title
Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God's Abundance
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IVP Books
Release Date
April 5, 2014
Pages
173
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$9.97
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Though I haven't done it myself, I imagine it takes guts to write a book about money. We Christians are fond of judging one another's holiness based on material possessions or lack thereof. One problem, then, is that the minute you open your mouth about your dire financial straits, you bump into someone even worse off—someone who has to buy scratchier toilet paper, whose debt is higher, who genuinely has nowhere to live.

Another similar problem is that writing and publishing a book—at least in theory—requires the luxury of time and connections that many poor people simply don't have. Poverty can be as much a systemic and cultural problem as a matter of individual choices and unfortunate circumstances. One man's broke might be another man's affluent.

Finally, it stands to reason that a book about money, no matter its subtitle, will mostly attract people who need money. Most people who need money, even those who are trying to practice contentment, are looking for ways to get more money. Readers might expect a how-to guide. Some will come away dissatisfied.

All this is to say, my hat's off to Caryn Rivadeneira for gamely giving this genre a shot. In Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God's Abundance (InterVarsity Press), Rivadeneira tells stories from her family's bout with financial insecurity and describes how the ordeal drew her into a deeper relationship with God. The family never landed on the street, and their struggles, she tells us, owed more to unfortunate circumstances and a few bad choices than to the larger social issues around poverty.

But that doesn't make the spiritual panic any less real. Anyone who has eyed a mounting pile of bills ...

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