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Trade Paperback
256 pages
Aug 2005
Baker

A Christian's Guide to Investing: Managing Your Money, Planning for the Future & Leaving a Legacy

by Danny Fontana

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Review:

In A Christianís Guide to Investing, Fontana has a riches-to-rags story that relates his fall ďfrom the penthouse to the outhouse.Ē He eventually made it back on top, and in the process learned a lot about the stock market, insurance products, bonds, mutual funds, and proper handling of discretionary funds. Today, he teaches college classes on financial management, has a television show dedicated to investment strategies, and works as a financial advisor to a select clientele. He became a Christian after exploring many avenues of worship and faith, and he believes the wisdom of Christís teachings has a direct application to the success a person has in life--including financial success.

Chapter two is the most useful section of Fontanaís book. It is titled, ďHow Could I Be That Stupid?Ē and it points out the seven worst mistakes people make in managing their money. He lists each mistake, explains why people do it, what the consequences are, and how either to avoid it or get out of it if youíve already made such a mistake. The information is pragmatic, easy to follow, and gut honest.

Chapters three through seven then bog down. It isnít that the information isnít true or valuable; itís just that it is far more than the ďaverageĒ person wants to know. Itís like asking someone what time it is and having that person tell you how to build a clock. Fontana talks about investment cycles, investor psychology, historical trends in the stock market, national debt problems, and even the function of the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Personally, I found it intriguing, but then, Iíve written two best-selling books on financial management. However, any Joe or Jill on the street would probably start yawning and asking, ďBut, specifically, what should I do right now with my money?Ē

Fortunately, the book turns its attention to answering that question in the eighth and ninth chapters when Fontana talks about reducing taxes, creating a solid retirement plan and well organized estate, and learning to get into investments that will match a personís temperament, goals, and emotions. At various points in the book there are self-analysis questionnaires, side questions, and thought provokers. There are also some occasional direct ties to scriptural teachings, such as not being greedy and learning to yield to God what is already His. The book is not preachy, however, and, in reality, it is more of a college text than a biblical study guide. Still, it is ethical and solid. I recommend this to folks who have already been managing their money fairly well and wish to learn more about how to improve earnings. Beginners should probably stick to chapters one, two, eight and nine. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

Does investing sound intimidating?

Maybe you want a better way of managing your money. Perhaps you want a sound financial plan to eliminate debt and accurately forecast the future. Or maybe you want to explore the world of stocks and bonds. But where do you start?

Backed by over twenty years in the finance industry and humbled by his own experience with debt, financial expert Danny Fontana can direct you through the complexities of personal finance. Writing with a Christian worldview, he'll help you

  • avoid the seven mistakes investors commonly make
  • understand taxes and retirement plans
  • read the stock market and make wise investments
  • assess your risk tolerance and manage your emotions

Whatever your situation, Danny Fontana will help you sort through the terminologies, processes, and rewards of successful money management sp you can keep a responsible perspective as you plan for the future.