Douglas Hicks looks at how Christian faith applies to the practices of economic life – spending, saving, giving, etc.–especially as an alternative to a life of unbridled consumerism.
In this timely resource, author Douglas A. Hicks offers a faith-based account of the global economy and our place in it. Money Enough is filled with insight and wise advice that walks the line between rejecting the marketplace and accepting its excesses. Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to develop practices that help us survive in hard times and reach out to others.
If your eyes glaze over when you see the word ‘economics,’ or if your eyelids droop when you hear the word ‘theology,’ don’t fear. Doug Hicks integrates economics and theology with such clarity and accessibility that you’ll see both in a new light: as vital resources to help us care for our global household with love and wisdom.
—Brian McLaren, author, A New Kind of Christian and A Generous Orthodoxy
How should people of faith live in a world that extols consumption, erases work/life boundaries, and worships the market? Religious institutions have largely provided two unsatisfying alternatives: embrace some sort of prosperity gospel or retreat into an ascetic lifestyle. In this fantastically insightful and important book, Doug Hicks charts another way. It is the ideal guide for our times.
–Amy Sullivan, senior editor, TIME magazine and author, The Party Faithful
Hicks… is well prepared to navigate the complicated terrain of literature in theology, ethics and economics. He does so in a voice that’s refreshingly accessible.
–Johnathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author, The Wisdom of Stability and God’s Economy
In a world where most discussions of money are neither practical nor wise, Doug Hicks offers here a large dose of Christian practical wisdom. His wonderful illustrations and incisive analysis deserve a wide readership, especially in churches where we have pretended that how we deal with money is irrelevant to discipleship.
– L. Gregory Jones, Dean of the Divinity School and Professor of Theology, Duke University
Jesus spoke frequently about money and the faithful use of possessions yet the contemporary pulpit is strangely silent when it comes to money matters. Doug Hicks breaks that silence, harnessing his insights into both theology and economics. The genius of this book is in the questions Hicks raises. They are deep, penetrating, and practical questions. Yet they are refreshingly open-ended, presupposing neither easy answers nor any single answer. This practical book is a must read for clergy and laity who wish to take money-talk seriously.
–William G. Enright, Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at The Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University