BOOK REVIEW: “GODONOMICS: How to Save Our Country–and Protect Your Wallet–Through Biblical Principles of Finance” by Chad Hovind

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July 21, 2013 by piratritasavit

The title seems intimidating: “Godonomics”. But Chad Hovind does an excellent job of taking complicated concepts and simplifying them in a way that is less intimidating. Hovind is skilled at making light of serious issues in a thoughtful and meaningful way. He uses humor and irony, along with helpful graphs and charts to make comparisons between differing views of economy and politics and theology.

It is simple reading, but I fear that those who pick up this book may already be convinced which might result in a “preaching to the choir” tone. I wonder if those who passionately (or even passively) espouse Socialism or Liberation Theology would be persuaded enough by the principles in Godonomics to make a heart-change towards Godonomics.

One of the funniest illustrations Hovind uses is the famous line from the film The Princess Bride: “I do not think it means what you think it means”. He points to the term “social justice” and explains how it has come to mean “government interventionism”. He continues on to an old preacher who insists on saying to his congregation weekly “I want to hear an ejaculation of praise!” — (using the definition, an explosive display of emotion, he would be justified, however, with the aging of language and usage, “I do not think it means what he thinks it means”). HA! Just hilarious. 

I have seen some of Hovind’s sermons online and can verify that his live-teaching is excellent, sticky, and intriguing. A book like Godonomics might be a compilation or summary of some of those sermons, reworked for a literary audience. However, readers who are looking for more “practical” or “HOW-TO” guidance on a personal economic overhaul may be left a bit wanting. To those readers, I would point them to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class or The Total Money Makeover…THEN come back to read Godonomics with a clearer understanding of the micro and macro perspectives.

DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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