By Phil Callaway
Harvest House Publisher
Reviewed by Sheri Clemmer, Administrative Secretary, General Conference Stewardship
The clue to the message of Making Life Rich Without Any Money by Phil Callaway is found in its subtitle, Finding Joy in What Really Matters. This book is full of real-life stories, both humorous and serious, stories about what is really important in everyday life. In this book you won’t find quick money-making schemes, accounting software programs, budget information, or stock market tips. What you will find, though, is a snapshot of life. For instance, you will discover that a job offer with a big pay increase that would move the family far from family and friends isn’t all that important after you have experienced an earthquake while there for an interview. You will be reminded that 100 years from now, no one will remember what kind of house I lived in, what model car I drove, or the size of my bank account. . . . But the world may be a better place because I slowed down enough to listen to God’s voice, because I was important in the eyes of a child, because I learned to be content with the things I did not have. These are the things that matter the most.
At the beginning of each chapter is a meaningful quote. Several of my favorites were When you have accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace; God is awake (Victor Hugo); Circumstances and situations do color life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be (John Homer Miller); You gave me everything to live with, and nothing to live for (A teenager’s suicide note to his parents). The quote generally gives you a feel for the content of the chapter that follows. I found the quotes selected by the author to be very thought-provoking and full of wisdom.
This book provides excellent sermon illustrations, devotional ideas, youth talks, and general good advice. Phil Callaway’s personal mission statement (I will consider myself a success when I am walking close to Jesus every day) comes through the pages with a strong conviction. He gently reminds us that we are to store up our treasure in heaven and not pine for the things of this world.
Phil Callaway is an award-winning columnist and author of Honey, I Dunked the Kids; Daddy, I Blew Up the Shed; and The Total Christian Guy. His humorous short stories have appeared in magazines like New Man, Focus on the Family, and Marriage Partnership. He is a popular speaker at conferences, churches, and marriage retreats. Phil resides in Alberta, Canada with his high-school sweetheart, Ramona, and their three children. To contact him for more information about his books, videos, or speaking appointments, you may write him at P.O. Box 4576, Three Hills, Alberta Canada T0M 2N0, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I highly recommend Making Life Rich Without Any Money for every church library.