A pastor and author who has written a book claiming that people are “hard wired” by God in certain ways to handle money will be holding a special free workshop at First Baptist Church in Corbin this Sunday.
Tommy Brown is the author of the forthcoming book “The Seven Money Types,” which promises to help people figure out how God intends for them to handle their finances.
“When we don’t understand the way we are uniquely wired to handle resources, it can produce certain types of shame for the way we do use resources,” said Austin Carty, pastor at First Baptist Church. He met Brown while at divinity school at Wake Forest University. The two fast became friends and remain so today.
“All other books coming at finances from a Christian perspective … they work on the external,” Carty said. “This is a book that begins inwardly. Learning more about how we are wired is very important and diminishes a great deal anxiety about how we go forward.”
Carty said “The Seven Money Types” is not about how to amass wealth, but rather proper stewardship of money. It is filled with contemporary stories that are easily relatable.
On the author’s website, www.tommybrown.org, anyone can take a short personality test, of sorts, that determines which of the seven “money types” they represent — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron or David.
Carty said he’s taken the test many times and nearly always comes out as a “Joseph type.” The book is broken down into discreet chapters that delve into each of the types.
“It’s sort of ‘The Five Love Languages’ meets Dave Ramsey,” Carty said of the book, which will be officially release March 11, but will be available at the workshop this Sunday.
“The book teaches that money can be a wonderful thing that opens doors for us to become what we were created to be, and it can also be something that causes so much tension that it cripples us and we don’t live in the fullness of who we are created to be.”
Carty said the book narrows the larger concept of how the personality of human beings innately imbued with certain aspects of God’s character.
“We represent a different aspect of God’s fullness. The ideas is that we are all a type,” Carty says. “There is a predominant way that we live. It’s not accidental.”
Brown will be preaching at First Baptist Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. A free lunch will be served in the fellowship hall shortly thereafter. The workshop begins at about noon at will continue until 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no charge.