If you’re like most of my readers, you desire to live an abundant life that is not measured by the amount of money in your bank account. You see deep and meaningful connections between faith and finances. You desire to grow as a steward in every area of your life, not just money, though you think about your financial situation often. All good.
My Hope For You
My goal is to help you approach stewardship from a deeply personal and spiritual angle. I hope to awaken the heart and soul of stewardship so that you live with confidence, contentment and hope in all areas of your life – especially finances. The way you think about and handle money ought to bring you joy, not stress.
I’ve spent the better part of two decades exploring the myriad intersections between faith and finances, and I’ve personally experienced transformation in how I approach stewardship and abundance. I’m no fan of gimmicks, the prosperity gospel or the hucksters on the television who make empty promises in exchange for your money. If we can agree that the goal is not to make you rich, but to help you grow as a disciple, then we’re off to a good start.
A Little Backstory
In 2003, after my wife and I graduated from bible college, we were $32,000 in debt. We followed a simple plan that eradicated that debt in one year – a huge win for she (a middle school teacher) and I (a youth minister). We began teaching these principles to others and soon discovered that there’s much more to financial well-being than your bottom line. In other words, you can be out of debt and build immense wealth and still be unfulfilled when it comes to money. I realized that there are seven instinctive ways that individuals think, feel and behave financially. That’s when my journey with the seven money types really commenced, which led to me write the best-selling book: The Seven Money Types: Discover How God Wired You to Handle Money. Discovering and embracing your money type helps you figure out why you do what you do with money, how to use money to experience deeper satisfaction, peace and joy, and how to alleviate relational tension regarding money.
During this season, I earned Master’s Degrees in Management and Divinity and worked as an ordained minister at two churches and performed strategic project management for a $1B capital campaign. But, my greatest accomplishments are closer to home. My wife, Elizabeth, and I have been married since 2001 and we have two children, Seri and Seth. On occasion, I venture into my home waters in the Choctawhatchee Bay along Florida’s Gulf Coast and fish for red drum. I’m good for 13 holes of golf before I get bored, and I enjoy shooting free-throws and clay pigeons.
Can I Walk Alongside?
You’ve got a lot of information coming at you, and you can Google your way to the bottom of the Interwebs and probably piecemeal together some sort of plan to accomplish what you need. I don’t have a plan to offer. Instead, I hope that the resources and thoughts I provide meet you along your journey and offer encouragement, wisdom and strategy to help you grow as a disciple. That’s the goal, after all, in your spiritual journey. Stewardship has always been a matter of the heart that impacts everything in your life.
Others' Thoughts About My Work
The Seven Money Types is not a book on how to manage money. Rather, it is a unique approach to understanding how you innately relate to handling money. You will likely find yourself in one of these seven types. It reveals the benefits and pitfalls of each type. A careful reading will help you make the most of who you are and better understand others who are wired differently. A fascinating concept.
- Gary Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages
To know Tommy Brown is to know a man of wisdom and courage. His wisdom is evident on every page of this book; his courage is reflected in his eagerness to truly live the words of the ancient sage who taught, “Who is wise? He who learns from everyone.” Many books offer little or nothing. Other books are moving and heartwarming. But this book by Tommy Brown is in a rare category: it has the power to actually transform your life for the better. Be prepared: the road you are on will never be the same after reading (and studying) this down-to-earth spiritual masterpiece.
- Rabbi Arthur Kurzweil, teacher and author
Have you ever wondered why you are wired the way you are when it comes to your finances? Why can’t you save? Why do you spend so much? Why are you so fearful of anything financially related? Why do you give so much that it truly hurts your bank account? Why are you so miserly? It is in seeking to understand the why that you can change for the better. This book will help you deeply examine your God-given money type. Once you understand your type you can find financial peace.
- Michelle Singletary, author of The 21-Day Financial Fast and personal finance columnist for The Washington Post
With compassion, Scriptural insights and pertinent examples from his pastoral and professional experience, Tommy Brown makes the convincing case that to align the ways we think and feel about money with how God designed us leads to empowerment—to do good in the world and nurture relationships, including with those who, by God’s design, may view money differently. He teaches us to be gentle with ourselves and reminds us that financial well-being is not based on the amount of money we have in the bank but on the “why” that drives our decisions, hopes, dreams, and partnerships.
- Maria Henson, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Tommy Brown’s The Seven Money Types is an insightful analysis of how people respond to money and wealth. I have read many books on the topic, and I manage money professionally. Brown’s discovery of the wealth attributes of key biblical figures and the related shadow sides should appeal to sophisticated asset managers and individual savers alike. It is definitely worth reading.
Jay Helvey, wealth management advisor, Cassia Capital Partners LLC