Review Thursday: John Hofilena on Ang Pera Na Hindi Bitin

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Review Thursday
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Our guest blogger for today is a self-confessed Grace Addict named John Hofilena. He thinks of himself as a hybrid of a writer/gamer/guitarist/redeemed. You can check out his other writings at his blog here.

Here he reviews Ardy Roberto’s Ang Pera Na Hindi Bitin, a simple and easy guide on how to best manage your money

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Good solid “money matters” advice for Christians

People have always been iffy about Christian books purporting to dispense financial advice “from the Lord”, and with good reason. In most cases these books run on two extremes – 1) “the Lord wants ALL Christians to be rich”, or at the other extreme 2) “Give all your money away; it is the root of all evil. Stay away from it and from credit cards as well.” It is precisely for this reason why Christian financial books do not get to have the credibility one would think they should have – they come from ideological extremes.

And it is precisely what makes Eduardo O. Roberto Jr.’s tiny book on Christian financial concepts Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin very effective – it tackles practical and real-life issues while taking great efforts to remain biblically grounded. The title of the book builds on Roberto’s earlier offering called “Ang Buhay na Hindi Bitin”, a small pocket resource on living a God-centered worry-free life.

The book itself is very small in size, one that you can finish in one sitting – although I suggest that either you read a chapter at a time for full effect, or keep coming back to it to re-learn the concepts. Ninety-seven pages long (or short, depending on your perspective), it is nonetheless packed with solid financial concepts.

The chapters of this book – aptly named Strategies – build on real-world financial strategies like getting out and staying out of debt, living a simple life, working hard and earning, and investing. If you want to hear about Christian and biblical perspectives on these issues, this book is a great place to start. Roberto has peppered his personal experiences and advice with a lot of biblical foundation – see (or read) for yourself, you will learn a lot from these. I know I did.

Two of the biggest strategies for me come right at the beginning of this book, and rightly so – they are the chapters on Saving and Giving. In these chapters Roberto gives a clear picture on what your savings could become and how it could help you build for your future. He also sheds light on the biblical perspective of giving back to God what is due Him, and what this habit could mean for your life.

The book is short, but not on all the right financial advice for Christians. It may be small, but it has great potential to be a truly substantial holiday gift idea for your friends, church mates, and family.

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Bitin ba lagi ang pera mo? Lagi bang kulang ang sweldo o allowance mo?

If you need a guide on how to best manage your money, get this easy-to-read and practical book for yourself and your family—even your friends who are struggling or always borrowing money!

Ang Pera Na Hindi Bitin is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, National Bookstore, Powebooks and PCBS branches for only P50

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