Andy Stanley’s newest book is interesting. In fact, it is intriguing and makes you want to read it. After all, everyone wants money. We all need money to survive in today’s world so the book title “How to be Rich” is compelling to us. I was a bit surprised when I saw the book that Andy Stanley would write a book about becoming rich, but as you go through the pages of the book, the overwhelming theme is not on how to make more money, it is about what you are doing with the money that you already have. The book was extremely challenging, and I want to share a few of the highlights that I enjoyed about the book.
First, the book will remind you that you are rich. In fact, Andy challenges the readers that if they have the ability to purchase the book or the ability to read a book, they are rich in terms of the global population. There are so many people out there who cannot even read. There are so many people out there who do not have the money to even purchase a short book such as Andy’s. We are rich in terms of global population. The point of the book is for us to realize that we are already rich, and to be eternally grateful for what we have been blessed with.
Second, the book will remind you to become more and more generous as you receive more and more money. Andy uses statistics to support the notion that the richer people get, the less percentage that they usually give away. “People in the median income bracket in the United States (around $50,000) give about 6% of their income to charities. When you look at the earners in the $200,000 bracket, the level of giving drops to 4%.” Instead of giving more money, people tend to give less. Andy goes on to say that the higher a person’s income becomes, the less that percentage gets. I want to become more and more generous as I make more and more money. This book will challenge you to get to that point.
Thirdly, the book will challenge you to honor God with your money. Chapter 6 speaks directly to this. In fact, everything that you already own is God’s anyway. It is not really ours. So, make sure that you honor God with what you have. The way that a person spends his/her money will tell you what is important to them. Make sure that what you spend your money on reflects Jesus Christ. He should be seen as the most important thing in your life with the way that you spend your money.
Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 33,000 people attend NPM’s five Atlanta-area churches. In addition, NPM has planted over 30 churches outside the Metro Atlanta area with a combined weekly attendance of more than 15,000. Over two million of Andy’s messages are accessed from North Point websites monthly, including both leadership and sermon content. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org