Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? Are you vowing that this year you’re going to diet, exercise, and be more responsible with your finances? I can’t help with the diet and exercise part, but I can recommend a must-read book on finances. It’s Daring to Live on the Edge: The Adventure of Faith and Finances, by Loren Cunningham.
There are a lot of books out there on managing your money. They all contain pretty much the same advice—follow a budget, spend less than you earn, don’t go into debt. If the author is a Christian, then there’s an additional focus on tithing, generosity, and putting God first.
This book isn’t like that. Loren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With A Mission, and if you know anything about YWAM, you know that they’re not your typical mission agency. Rather, permeating the whole organization (or, perhaps, disorganization?) is the idea that God will ask us to do crazy things, and it’s our place to obey.
So it’s not at all surprising that this isn’t your typical money management book. Instead of providing a list of “Biblical principles,” it’s a collection of true stories from the history of YWAM. In each instance, God acts. You learn how this fledgling group of passionate Christians, with no money at all, manages to buy a large ocean liner. You follow the travels of a young man who is sure God wants him to go to the South Seas to preach the gospel, but he only has enough funds to get halfway. So he goes as far as he is able in the direction of serving God—and it’s amazing what God does next.
Miracle after miracle. Stretched faith, answered prayers. You won’t want to put this book down until you’ve absorbed every last word.
This book isn’t new. We first read it years ago, in the early 1990s. But there’s a reason it’s still in print. Budgets and savings plans have their place, but if you want an exciting life, listen to God and do what He says!