by Bob and Emilie Barnes
Harvest House Publishers
1993 US $9.99
Reviewed by Claire L. Eva, Assistant Director, General Conference Stewardship Ministries
Bob and Emilie Barnes have written a number of volumes—from devotionals to ways to love your grandchildren, but The 15-Minute Money Manager is probably one of their most widely known books.
As it implies, the book comes in small doses—15-minute ones, that is. It begins with Part One: A Plan for Your Life. This section helps you to discover why you do what you do, to understand your goals and dreams, and to design a plan for success. Parts Two and Three discuss having the right priorities in good money management and organizing by creating a good system for financial records. Also included are the topics of investments, children’s money management, and being a good consumer.
?Our goal as Christians should be to obtain financial freedom. This has four characteristics,? say the Barnes’: 1) Our assets exceed our liabilities, 2) We are able to pay our bills as they fall due, 3) We have no unpaid bills, and 4) We are content with where we are? (Introduction). The book is full of practical advice and resources.