The upheaval in the current economy is on everyone's mind. Many
people are losing their jobs, the government is in the bailout
business, and careers and retirement plans we once considered stable
are now quite iffy. In a nutshell, Americans are becoming more
aware and concerned about their financial situations, and Christians
are no exception. But where do we turn for trustworthy advice?
Bill G. Page has created a comprehensive 497-page compendium
of financial information that will help the average person understand
numerous financial concepts and apply this knowledge to every
money situation imaginable. He also uses many easy-to-understand
illustrations. And the foundation of this course is definitely
Christian in nature. As the author states on pages 12-13 in Chapter
"The manual uses biblical verses as the basis for God-centered
principles to enable you to make better financial decisions. God's
principles do not change and should be the basis for our future
There are 39 chapters, covering such things as tithing, debt,
saving, taxes, retirement funds, investments, credit cards, college
expenses, insurance, and estate planning. The soft-cover manual
also includes numerous worksheets and software programs to help
individuals calculate and make the best financial decisions.
This program can also be used for coursework credit. There is a CD-RW
(compact disc-read writable) workbook available separately for purchase.
It includes a PowerPoint presentation and extra modules for each chapter.
The disc also includes a course syllabus, tests, and a grading system.
The Making Money Work CD-RW is a 16-week, 3 hour per week course with
39 lessons that correspond to the Making Money Work book and CD-ROM. The
course is recommended for high school age students who want to complete
half of an economics credit. Some of the extra modules on this CD-RW are:
- Checking/Savings Account Register
- College Expense Planning Exercise
- Housing--Debt-to-Income Ratios
- Income Tax Preparation Exercises
- Mutual Funds--Active Versus
- Mutual Funds--ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)
- Mutual Funds--NAV
(Net Asset Value)
- Mutual Funds--Offer Price
- Portfolio/Investing Planning Exercise
- Retirement Planning Exercises
- Skill Challenges for Each Chapter
- Stock Purchase Exercise
- Taxable Equivalent Yield Versus After-Tax
Rate of Return
- The Thought Process of the Wealthy
- Values and Spending Exercise
The Making Money Work website (www.makingmoneywork.us)
has lots of information, testimonials, sample chapters, calendars, and more.
The cost for just the book/CD-Rom is $39.99 plus shipping. There is an additional
charge of $25.00 if you decide to add in the CD Read Writable Workbook for
coursework instruction. This comes to a grand total of $64.99 (plus
shipping) if you order everything. However, as we've all heard before, the security
of having financial freedom is priceless!