About the Book
Title: 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Author: Dan Willis
Genre: Finances/Christian living
Release date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Whitaker House
As a young and naïve pastor, Dan Willis maxed out twenty-three credit cards and ruined his credit to support his ministry. It wasn’t until massive debt caused the cards to stop working that he realized that God never asked him to do this. Through his candor and honesty, Dan reveals the five steps God showed him to get out of debt: stop spending, create a budget, develop a debt payoff plan, begin saving, and repair bad credit. This led him to becoming a thriving and financially-free ministry. Now, Dan is on a mission to teach this to the world. Using biblical principles, but not relying on miracles or “name-it-and-claim-it” theology, Dan provides easy-to-follow, practical steps that can be used by anyone to escape financial bondage. Finally, he encourages readers to use their financial freedom to help others and advance God’s kingdom, and to use their newfound fiscal wisdom to store up wealth. Without shaming those who struggle financially, 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom is the perfect combination of spiritual wisdom and practical advice for those who desperately need it.
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There are so many books out there about getting rid of debt, making your financial troubles go away, and finding your own financial freedom. Each book has its pluses and minuses, depending on both the author and who is reading it. Not every situation applies to the individual reading the book, nor does each author present the material well.
If I’m honest, I have mixed emotions about this book. Yes, I want to find financial freedom, and Willis does have some valid points, but I do not think this book is for everyone. There were a couple of scenarios where I almost felt like I was being judged or attacked, especially surrounding credit card debt and why people have a huge amount of credit card debt. Some people have this debt because of circumstance, not just because they are spenders. I work in the banking world and see this frequently. It’s not always that people are just spending more money then they have, sometimes it’s that they lost their job, someone in the family is sick, and many more instances. Unfortunately this portion of the book really rubbed me the wrong day, and perhaps that prohibited me from really gaining from the rest of the book.
I will say this – Willis provides some great tips in this book. In fact several of them are similar to what I tell my customers. I would want the reader to know and understand however that we are not finding financial freedom to get rich. We should be finding this to get away from the bondage of debt. For a reader who doesn’t know where they should start in trying to find their own financial freedom, this is a great tool. The information is presented in an easy to follow way, and if they follow what Willis presents, they will find themselves on the road to financial recovery so to speak.
This is not an easy road, so readers who are looking for the easy way out should not have unrealistic expectations. But it can be done, with dedication and hard work! I encourage you to read what the bible says about finances in conjunction with this book. Between the two I think you’ll find some great answers. I received complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
As a young boy, Dan Willis’s dreams involved entering the medical field until that fateful day when, at age sixteen, he was called to “temporarily” take over the pastor position of a local church. More than thirty years later, Dan is still there, serving as the senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Illinois. He took the small ministry of sixteen people and nurtured it into a thriving multicultural body of more than 1,500 people. Dan’s previous books with Whitaker House were Freedom to Forget: Releasing the Pain from the Past, Embracing Hope for the Future and Praise Is My Weapon.
Guest Post from Dan
Not 23 Ways to Money Greatness or 67 Options to Financial Well Being. Just Five Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. Why complicate this? Wipe out debt and create wealth.
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