Warning: Don’t expect any advice on how to make a fortune. You will be disappointed. However, if you believe in God, chances are you might find the principles described in this short book that supposedly make you “richer, spiritually, mentally, physically and financially” interesting and worth applying to your daily life.
According to Keith Cameron Smith many millionaires attribute their success to the Spirit of Wisdom or belief in God. They also believe that God wants them to be rich in all areas of life. But in order to find the right ways to make millions you need to think from a spiritual point of view. His book explains in detail how. By spiritual Smith means having a loving relationship with God, other people and yourself. A spiritual millionaire believes and trusts in God and believes that “faith is always the right decision”. He/she is generous, motivated by love, patient and never afraid. The spiritual millionaire is also open minded for God’s ideas, wants to learn more and achieves higher levels of success in life.
So how do you become a “Spiritual Millionaire”? Apparently by praying a lot, by meditating and visualizing. By using positive affirmations every day and having a positive attitude that everything is possible. By being enthusiastic and learning from failures. Smith also recommends finding mentors for the different areas in your life and creating purpose based goals. All in all things you might have read about in a slightly different form in life coaching books.
Doubts and skepticism are a no-no and according to Smith “Many people are poor today because they don’t control their temper” and “poverty is a close friend of impatience”. How does he know? It sounds to me as if he wants to say that poor people can only blame themselves. Not very nice. It also seems to imply that poor people don’t believe in God in the “right way”, if so they would not be poor.
This it not the only problem I have with this book. I was wondering if God really is in favor of Capitalism and people becoming rich? Or is it just a nice and easy justification for rich people saying that God rewarded them for their faith?
I missed more real life examples to illustrate the points he makes. According to the blurb Smith is a very successful businessman, so to hear about his personal experience would have enlightened the reader.
Another thing is the overall tone of the book: Each chapter starts with the same proverb 3:13-17, there is a lot of repetition and you often feel like you are attending a sermon.
However if you already believe in God you may find this book inspirational enough and might try to apply Smith’s ideas.