Predatory lending versus personal financial responsibility provides a backdrop for Popes and Bankers to begin a discussion about our modern day preoccupation with debt and its relationship to many ancient historical events. I believe the author’s intent was to help every reader realize that regardless of government, clergy or financial institution’s debt policies, it is their responsibility to fully understand and obey God’s instructions regarding debt. By following Biblical principles of saving, lending and borrowing, financial crises can be avoided, bankruptcies can be minimized, and personal health and well-being can be greatly improved.
This was a challenging book that definitely made me think. Although it is a must read for a student doing thorough research on the subject of debt, it is definitely not for the casual reader. Throughout its 234 pages it was sometimes captivating yet also, at times, a bit long winded and repetitious. For those interested in the minute detail of various governments’ fiscal policies this book is for you. Read it word for word and cover to cover. For those who can appreciate a broad overview of how debt has influenced many people’s lives and nations then simply skim this book and spend time reading the parts that most interest you.
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