Praise for Practicing the King’s Economy
"Simply wonderful, solidly biblical, marvelously practical. This book charts a clear path through one of the greatest challenges (and failures) of the American church. A must-read."
Ron Sider, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
"Michael Rhodes, Robby Holt, and Brian Fikkert have written a compelling book of 'practical theology. Their testimonies, grown out of their own experiences, will be life-giving for any reader who cares about economic neighborliness. I commend this book with great enthusiasm, for it shows the way in which the Bible offers a ground for concrete action."
Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary; author of The Prophetic Imagination
"Practicing the King's Economy is a transformative book with a radical message--that we were created for so much more. Through biblical wisdom, inspiring stories, and actionable practices, this book will lead you to a life of greater joy, impact, and generosity. I highly recommend this book!"
Peter Greer, president and CEO of HOPE International; coauthor of Mission Drift
"In this book, Fikkert, Rhodes, and Holt . . . remind us that if we're really serious about helping the poor, without simultaneously hurting them, we need to discipline ourselves in the basics of working, earning, spending, saving, and giving. This is a powerfully practical book."
Joel Belz, founder, WORLD Magazine
"I'm a big fan of this book. It's a must-read for every leader who desires to have to have a significant kingdom impact. Michael, Robby, and Brian are rare in that they are both theologians and true practitioners. As a result, Practicing the King's Economy is full of potent ideas and practical tools for living them out!"
Dave Runyon, coauthor of The Art of Neighboring
" This book challenges us to live out our gospel convictions and our worship with the money that we do--or do not--have. I love the six keys that apply Scripture and can unlock a deeper and more meaningful encounter with God. If your checkbook has been the most significant book in your life, then you need to read Practicing the King's Economy."
Dr. Krish Kandiah, founder of Home for Good; author of God Is Stranger
"Practicing the King's Economy is an extraordinarily thoughtful and well-written book urging God's people to adopt economic practices that would transform our nations and communities. Highly recommended."
Bruce Ashford, provost and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Our money, time, and relationships, just like politics and beer, are by themselves morally neutral things. Ultimately, it is how we choose to invest them that determines whether they will be used for good or for ill. In this prophetic and inspiring book, the authors put forth a vision for the healthy, faithful, life-giving use of resources that can, if heeded, make us not only observers of but participants in Jesus's vision to heal the world."
Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN; author of Befriend and From Weakness to Strength
"Practicing the King's Economy provides a radical and wonderful blueprint for a new economic order that's closely aligned with my interpretation of Jesus's teachings and in stark, uncomfortable conflict with many aspects of twenty-first-century America. On these three issues--worship, community, and equity--and more, the authors highlight daunting problems with our current economic paradigm and offer hopeful solutions for getting us back on track."
Jonny Price, senior director of Kiva US
"Michael, Robby, and Brian have unlocked truths with keys from ancient biblical Scripture that are absolutely relevant today. A must-read for business leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in bringing their faith into the marketplace in a new, fresh, and relevant way!"
Wes Gardner, CEO of PrimeTrailer
"This book is good--really good. I found myself thinking differently about the economy, the marketplace, the kingdom of God, his word, and even why God put me here. God has spoken through Michael, Robby, and Brian in a way that allows me to see him more clearly. I am a richer man for having read this, and I recommend it to all."
Henry Kaestner, managing principal of Sovereign's Capital; cofounder and former CEO of Bandwidth
"As a pastor who wants his church to see how the kingdom of God influences every aspect of our lives, I'm thankful for this book. It helps us think holistically about how our lives can be lived in light of God and his kingdom in such a way to bring him glory. I hope you'll read it!"
Micah Fries, senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN
"This book is an incredibly helpful tool for all Christians who desire to live a countercultural life for the common good, especially as it relates to their money and resources."
Gabe Lyons, coauthor of Good Faith; founder of Q
"Here is a model of economic discipleship that doesn't just tell you what to think but how to practically live in an economy of the kingdom. Here is a book that refuses idealism but is fueled by resurrection hope. But you can't pull this off on your own, so buy copies for your family, friends, and congregation."
James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College; author of You Are What You Love
"This richly insightful book shows American Christians how to disentangle ourselves from American consumerism and our often unexamined economic practices. It provides practical examples for change and real-life stories of people who have changed--to show us that it's possible. I hope its message reaches thousands of churches."
Dr. Amy L. Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling
"Beautifully exegeted. Practicing the King's Economy reintroduces a wide-ranging, timeless, and distinctive approach to economics that only the body of Christ can display."
K. A. Ellis, Canada Fellow for World Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary
"I am bothered by this book. I bet you will be too. For all the right reasons. Practicing the King's Economy provides us a way out of the idolatry and abundant-less materialism of our age. The authors convict without condemning. They hold out the possibility of living life as God intended."
Reggie McNeal, author of Missional Renaissance and Kingdom Come; city coach with GoodCities
"Michael, Brian, and Robby help believers understand how to leverage their everyday financial, relational, and time resources to help the most vulnerable among us. Not many of us have thought through the most effective, biblical, and lasting ways to come alongside the poor like they have, and they invite us to experience new joy in the kingdom economy of our heavenly Father. I encourage Christians everywhere to get this book and read it."
Daniel Darling, author of The Original Jesus
"Practicing the King's Economy explores the 'why' behind our economic choices and presents practical, genuine steps for positively impacting our families, neighborhoods, and communities. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to live authentically in a world where our deeds must lead the conversation on faith."
Stephan Bauman, executive director of Cornerstone Trust; former president/CEO of World Relief
"The six keys outlined in Practicing the King's Economy provide a paradigm-shifting framework and the action steps we need to experience a world in which everyone flourishes. This is a must-read for every business and community leader who is longing for something more but can't quite put their finger on it. You will certainly find it in this book."
David Spickard, president of Spickard Consulting; former CEO of Jobs for Life
"Practicing the King's Economy is one of the most soul-satisfying works I have encountered in my Christian life. I am measuring my words carefully as I make that statement. It is richly exegetical and biblically rooted. It is disarmingly practical and engagingly accessible. It is searching in its application and hope-filled in its perspective."
Joseph Vincent Novenson, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, TN
Deeply rooted in God's word and shaped by rich experience in God's world, Practicing the King's Economy is a marriage of gracious words and prophetic insight. Rhodes, Holt, and Fikkert have done the hard work of crafting a biblical vision for flourishing as citizens of God's kingdom. They've left us with the easy work of being set free by the truths in this marvelous book.
Jason B. Hood, PhD, Director of advanced urban ministerial education, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Thankfully, this text brings to light this vital conversation and offers a practical path forward out of culturally defined values and practices and into the economy of Jesus as defined by Scripture."
J. Ryan West, PhD, Send Relief
"In this passionate and compelling book, the authors give us a glimpse of what God's economy could truly look like, if only we took the Bible seriously. Grounded in Scripture and full of inspiring stories, this book encouraged, excited, and deeply challenged me. The good news of Jesus Christ brings whole-life transformation, including economically and financially."