The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living by Terry Felber

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living by Terry Felber is a great read.

However, in the interest of full disclosure, the study guide at the end of the book is a Dave Ramsey product. There is much good material in that section as well, it is just not advertised to be such.

The first part of the book, the actual “legend” portion, contains a story with twelve “principles” based on Biblical truths. These truths are taught through the perspective of an aging grandfather as he reveals his life story to his grandson.

The principles deal with everything from realizing we are all called to ministry whether vocational or in the marketplace, taking responsibility for our actions – and the outcome, taking care of our family, how to best help those in need and tithing.

The study guide is thought provoking and, while I agree with much of Mr. Ramsey’s material, I must personally take issue with some of his points of view – “Don’t keep pets” being just one of those.

I would recommend this book on the condition the reader understand the study guide is what it is, and whether you use that portion of the book or not, the “legend” is both entertaining and instructional.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booksneeze” Program www.booksneeze.com ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.

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