Monday, May 13, 2013

The Legend of the Merchant and the Monk: A Book Review

In The Legend of the Merchant and the Monk, writer Terry Felber suggests twelve keys to successful living that can guide a Christian in his or her personal, business and family life.  Setting his parable in 15th century Italy, Felber uses Antonio, a successful Venetian merchant, as the spokesperson who communicates these principles to his grandson.

The historical approach is interesting and provides a good setting to discuss the complementary roles of the secular and the sacred in society.  Antonio is a man of faith but he struggles to know the best way to use the resources that God has placed in his hands. He is helped along the way by Allesio, a merchant who becomes his mentor.

The principles themselves deal with all areas of a person’s life.  They encourage one to make the most of one’s gifts and to be a good steward of the blessings that result.  Although they are common sense principles, Felber presents them in such a way that they seem fresh and challenging.  Taken together, they  provide a sound theology of vocation.

The book includes a twelve-session study guide for use in a group.  It is a good read for an individual or as the resource for a discussion group.

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