This week’s book review is Right on the Money by Pat Robertson.
The first thing many readers would probably want to know about Right on the Money is the amount of spiritual influence found in its pages. Author Pat Robertson gained fame as a televangelist, founding the Christian Broadcasting Network and hosting The 700 Club. Right on the Money is not at all preachy. While Robertson’s beliefs are certainly evident within the book (particularly in the introduction and the chapter on families), the book reads much more like it was written by a true financial expert with strong spiritual beliefs rather than a preacher who also knows something about finances. Robertson balances his actions (”In my financial planning, giving takes precedence”) with the caveat that you may have different priorities and should tweak his generalized advice to your particular situation. In one part, he specifically states that an implementation strategy is intentionally omitted, since you’ll need to tailor that to your situation.
The book starts with a concise summary of how the financial crisis occurred. So few people realize the chain of events that led to our current economic state that many would be well serve to read the book just for this point. I liked this book right from the start. To paraphrase an early excerpt: “Ignorance is no excuse….nor has it served finances well.” I couldn’t agree more.