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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
In "There Is Corn in Egypt", Joseph J Young tackles what is a sensitive topic for many people lately, that is, financial hardship. It has ramifications that reach beyond the personal; however, so many Christians are stressed when faced with the offering plate. They have been taught in school and in society to be frugal, especially when times are tight. Christians may also be under the impression that the fact that God will provide means they need not or should not make bettering their financial state a priority. Young provides scriptural analyses to prove that attaining wealth is not evil and provides quotes from the gospels and financial expert Richard Kiyosake to show how Christians can get out of a poverty cycle and still be godly (without serving two masters). He also argues that giving gladly and generously when asked for offerings and tithes can lead to abundance.
This is an interesting work. Young begins his analysis with the story of David to demonstrate the need for savings and planning. He dispels common fallacies that wealth itself is evil and explains how the few coins given by the poor woman are more dear in God's eye than a rich man's generosity because of what is in each of their hearts and minds. He argues persuasively that many of us can break the poverty cycle and have richer, more fulfilled lives by losing financial ignorance and learning how to control spending and investing. I found "There Is Corn in Egypt" to be an excellent introduction to financial planning and management for Christians and intend to follow-up on Young's advice to become more financially savvy, something worth doing even when times are not as tight as they currently are.