“Our prosperity as a nation depends upon the personal financial prosperity of each of us as individuals,” theorizes the opening lines of The Richest Man in Babylon.
This line had such an impact on me that I wanted it to be the first thing you read in my review also.
I will be writing reviews for each of the books on my book club reading list that we will be following for the F4 Book Club.
To check out my 2021 Reading List.
I have gone back to read that opening line multiple times and it occurs to me that this is the solution to many of our problems both as individuals and as a nation. In application it translates to the fact that, “Babylon became the wealthiest city of the ancient world because its citizens were the richest people of their time.”
So then one may pose the questions:
How did the people of Babylon become the richest people?
And that answer, my friend, can be found in the pages of the book. The Richest Man in Babylon is a collection of parables or stories that teach a lesson. This is the method that Jesus used to reach many with lessons in a way they can understand and relate to.
Despite taking place in ancient Babylon, these parables are still quite relatable, and the lessons are timeless. It’s a collection of ten parables:
The Man Who Desired Gold
The Richest Man in Babylon
Seven Cures for a Lean Purse
Meet the Goddess of Goodluck
The Five Laws of Gold
The Gold lender of Babylon
The Walls of Babylon
The Camel Trader of Babylon
The Clay Tablets From Babylon
The Luckiest Man in Babylon
These applicable parables narrate the following lessons and more..
You may never find wealth if you don’t seek it
A part of all you earn is yours to keep
There is abundance for all
Action leads to success
Better a little caution then great regret
We cannot afford to be without adequate precaution
Where determination is, a way can be found
Not to mention the Seven Cures for a Lean Purse or the Five Laws of Gold… this little book is packed with unparalleled knowledge for those who will take the time to learn and implement it. For it is not knowledge that is power but the application of knowledge.
I found The Richest Man in Babylon to be, although a quick read, a though provoking book that I am sure I will read again.
Next up is Thou Shall Prosper, we will be reading this for the April 2021 F4 Book Club that takes place in my free Facebook group, Faithful & Financially Free Families!
Do you want to improve your financial situation?