Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Power to Prosper - Michelle Singletary

Book Summary:
Using biblical principles and promises in her softcover book The Power to Prosper, Michelle Singletary teaches you practical ways to financial freedom by putting you on a twenty-one-day financial fast, where you are prohibited from using credit cards and cannot buy anything unless it is a basic need for survival. You’ll experience something even more amazing … your faith and generosity will increase, too. (From B&

My thoughts:
I became aware of this book while listening to The Yolanda Adams Morning Show. I immediately went to Borders after work and purchased the book. The book is written in daily format, so the reader reads a chapter for each day of the fast. This fast is based on biblical scriptures, but this isn't a deterrent for those individuals who aren't looking to be "preached" to.

Each day, Ms. Singletary writes the foundation for the lesson we are to learn. She provides testimonies from past participants of the financial fast. There's also the opportunity to keep a journal with suggested journal topics and format. At the end of the book, the author provides budget forms, spending journal example and scripture verses.

I didn't know what to expect when I started this fast. I thought I would learn a lot about my spending habits, which I did. However, I was able to understand why I spend money on items that I want, but most importantly I now see how I have limited God's role in my finances. Yes, it was a difficult fast for me (most days I just wanted to give up or cheat just a little), but when I committed myself to continue for the 21-day period, that is when the understanding and awareness came. I know this will not be the last time I participate in a financial fast.

Book details:
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-32038-8
Pages: 212
Year Published: 2010
Genre: Non-Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased from Borders


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