Larry Burkett freely admits that he has a money problem—a natural tendency to be a bit of a tightwad. He says that in the early years of his marriage he and his wife Judy frequently butted heads over money matters.
One of eight children, Burkett grew up poor, the son of a chronically underemployed electrician on the wrong side of the tracks in the otherwise affluent snowbird haven of Winter Park, Florida. His wife, by contrast, grew up in relatively well-to-do circumstances, with a lumber yard and orange groves among her grandparents' assets. While the ambitious Burkett worked at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy as an electrician during the 1960s while taking a full load of night classes, he constantly badgered his wife, Judy, to turn down the thermostat, turn off lights, and stop standing with the refrigerator door open.
Now that Burkett has long held court, through his organization Christian Financial Concepts (CFC), as evangelicalism's financial answer man on everything from balancing a checkbook to balancing the national budget, it is hard to imagine such simple beginnings. This prolific author's more than 70 books, booklets, workbooks, organizing systems, and even novels were largely responsible for creating "money" and "finance" sections in Christian bookstores. Burkett certainly paved the way for other evangelical financial advisers such as Ron Blue, Austin Pryor, and Dave Ramsey, as well as growing stewardship groups such as the Longwood, Florida-based Crown Ministries. Burkett has been a major figure in evangelical radio since the early 1980s. His daily five-minute feature, How to Manage Your Money, is now heard on over 1,100 stations, while his half-hour weekday call-in show, Your Money Matters, airs on over 300 outlets. ...1