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What Your Money Means - And How to Use It Well

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What Your Money Means

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A fundamental understanding of the higher purpose and spiritual significance of money in human existence is at the heart of this remarkable book. Failure to understand these principles can be detrimental to oneself, to loved ones, and to the intended benefactors of philanthropic efforts. The distinction between essential and nonessential wealth is central to this discussion, and both the wealthy and the reader who aspires to be so are provided with standards to evaluate their own financial situations. A persuasive argument in favor of early and generous philanthropy is proposed, no matter the size of one's fortune. Insights from Aristotle, Cicero, St. Thomas Aquinas, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Andrew Carnegie, and others illuminate the purpose of wealth and the benefits of philanthropy to the giver, the receiver and the larger society.

"No business person should miss this one. Frank Hanna's book will save you assets, time, and quite possibly your soul." —Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, The Mother Angelica

"Simple, easy-to-follow advice on how to donate with decisiveness and get the most bang for your charitable buck." —Jim Towey, president, Saint Vincent College

"What makes [Hanna's] book unique is its simple clarity, engaging style and practical value for every reader, whether wealthy or more modest of means." —Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Denver

"Provides such useful guidance on the central issues of both how much wealth is enough and how wealth can best be given to worthy causes. . . . Should be read by potential givers both large and small." —Charles B. Knapp, president emeritus, The University of Georgia

"I highly recommend this book to everyone who plans to engage in charitable giving no matter how much money they may have to give." —Thomas S. Monaghan, founder, Ave Maria University and Domino's Pizza

"An intelligent approach to allocating and enjoying wealth. . . . No one should give away a cent without reading this book first." —Foster Friess, founder, Brandywine Funds

"For anyone looking for an engaging and faithful presentation of the Catholic faith, In the Circle of Mysteries is a welcome and fresh contribution." —Most Reverend Donald William Wuerl, archbishop of Washington

"Using his research, along with his personal experiences, Hanna clearly explains how much money is enough, whether it is being spent well, and what having money means. The book features an easy-to-use layout and superb design." —Catholic News Agency

"[A] rarity—a book that could change the state of an entire question. And, just perhaps, an entire sector of our public life." —Philanthropy

About the author: Frank J. Hanna is the CEO of Hanna Capital, the recipient of the William B. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership and the David R. Jones Award for Philanthropy, and cofounder of the Solidarity Foundation. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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This item received 5 stars overall. A Must-Read Book on Money Management for Catholics

Frank J. Hanna has written a thoughtful book on what it means to have money.  As a successful business man he struggled with the question of what he was morally obligated to do with his wealth.  Should he give it all away?  Should he use it to start businesses that provide jobs for people?  Save it for his heirs?  He decided to look to philosophy and theology to answer this question and follow where it lead him.

What he discovered along the way is both intuitive and radical.  He looks first at what it means to have possessions as a child of God.  He discovers that the Church teaches that the goods of the world belong to all people, not just to the wealthy.  At the same time the Church recognizes that everything belongs to God.  As such, we are all stewards of the world, not the masters. 

Hanna makes the argument that for many people wealth is a source of unhappiness and sin.  Great evil can be done with great Full Review...

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