Introduction – Day 1
We long for financial well-being—the ability to handle resources in a God-honoring way that is true to our deepest sense of self, while maintaining healthy financial thoughts, emotions, and attitudes. When financial intentions and actions align, we’ll experience increased confidence and contentment with money. This experience of financial well-being is possible if we understand how God designed us in one of seven ways to handle money, which are the seven money types.
Discovering your money type – whether you are an Abraham (hospitality), an Isaac (discipline), a Jacob (beauty), a Joseph (connection), a Moses (endurance), an Aaron (humility), or a David (leadership) – will bring greater self-awareness, reduce internal financial tension, help you resolve financial conflict with others, and help you grow financially from a faith-based perspective. My hope is that you will discover holistic financial pathways that lead to greater confidence and peace with money.
For the better part of a decade, I talked with friends, pastors, professors, and financial planners about my theory that God created every human being with a unique money type. That is, God designed each person in his image to relate to resources in general, and money in particular, in a distinct way.
As I taught financial management courses, both at the congregational and collegiate levels, I dialed in to the unique ways people feel, think, and act concerning money. I noticed how often people felt guilty for not thinking the way someone else thought about money. I often heard phrases like “I’m just ‘bad’ with money.” Conversely, I recognized how regularly some people felt superior because their way of relating to resources more closely resembled the prevailing culture’s attitudes toward what was defined as financial success. They were “good” with money. Most people seemed to think there is only one—or maybe two—“right” way to handle money. But I believed there were more “right” ways to relate with money, and that it had everything to do with how God designed us.
As I researched this topic in earnest, I discovered that for ages many people of the Jewish faith have held as part of their tradition that distinct aspects of God’s image are revealed through seven biblical characters: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David. These individuals are so prominent and memorable within the Scriptures because each of their lives represents something significant about what it means to be made in God’s image.
Streams of the Jewish tradition affirm that, through their lives and stories, each of these individuals leads us into a clearer understanding of one aspect of what it means to be made in God’s image. At this intersection, their tradition merged with and informed my theory and experience in financial management and coaching. The seven biblical characters who represent seven aspects of God’s image are the seven money types, because Scripture teaches that to be made in God’s image is to properly steward creation and its resources, including money.
You’ll find that you resonate most with one of these money types, and therefore you’ll find that your financial thoughts, emotions, and actions are embodied in the lives of one of these seven characters. They’ll teach you more than you imagined about your relationship to money.
I’m excited to begin this journey with you. Tomorrow, you’ll learn about the Abraham money type.
Discover your dominant biblical money type by taking a brief assessment at my website www.tommybrown.org (the full assessment is found in my book The Seven Money Types).
Watch the full book trailer to get more information and hear testimonies from those who have discovered and embraced their money type.
To receive the full benefit from this journey of discovery, order your copy of The Seven Money Types and learn how understanding the fullness of your money type and the money types of others can bring genuine financial wellbeing – beyond the dollars and cents – to your life and relationships.