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    Marianne Miller(Author)

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Marianne's combination of honest storytelling and practical wisdom offers parents simple, effective ideas they can begin using today. -Anita Lustrea, Moody Radio Producer and Host of Midday Connection We have the power as parents to instill in our children the strength to combat today's materialistic culture with a heart of gratitude. Are you weary of your child's incessant requests? Have you become your child's personal ATM? Are you perplexed as to why your child does not seem grateful for all they have? In The Gift of Enough, you will examine the challenges of parenting in our culture of excess, while discovering specific suggestions for navigating financial minefields such as birthday parties, holidays, toy aisles, and shopping malls. You will gain tools to teach your children to make wise decisions by establishing their own financial filter. Dare to be different by building the concept of Enough in your own family!

Marianne Miller is a Crown Financial Ministries counselor who teaches proven biblical principles concerning money. She is also a certified parenting instructor and popular speaker both nationally and internationally. She and her husband Andy are the parents of four teenage sons.

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  • PDF | 178 pages
  • Marianne Miller(Author)
  • WestBowPress (February 17, 2015)
  • English
  • 5
  • Parenting & Relationships

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  • By Mariann on March 23, 2015

    It is a privilege to write this review for The Gift of Enough by Marianne Miller. I have known Marianne for several years and was thrilled to learn that she had authored a book and put all of her wisdom, expertise and humor into it.First of all, this is a good reference for any parent - whether your kids are young or teenagers. It is a very practical guide. In fact, because I have been somewhat latent in teaching my children about money, I am putting into practice with my almost-teenager and adolescent children the basic concept of an allowance and how to give, save and spend wisely. These are based in part on Dave Ramsey's money managing system with a little Miller flair. :)Marianne talks about her and her husband's involvement as counselors for Crown Financial Ministries and real-life stories of couples who are trying to keep up with the Joneses who, by the way, are broke. It's a great chapter on how everything looks great on the surface, but up close, not so much. Families are in debt because they are trying to have the perfect car, perfect house, perfect schools, designer whatever, etc., - you get the idea - and they are in debt up to their eyeballs. They are living beyond their means and don't know how to get out of the debt and the bondage to their stuff. The Millers counsel them that they have to give up their stuff in order to get out of debt. This is hard, but necessary in order to have financial independence.In this culture we live in and to which our kids are exposed to 24/7 with TV and subliminal (and sometimes downright overt) advertising, is it any wonder they have no clue as to the value of money? Marianne recounts several times throughout wherein one of her boys wants a particular item really bad, and the question is put to him to think about whether he will like that item a day from now, a week from now, a month from now, and if the answer is yes, then there should be no "buyer's remorse." However, as is often the case with any of us, there is buyer's remorse and a life lesson has been learned. This is learned (for her boys) at an early age, so as they get older, they really do make informed and wise decisions with major purchases. One boy saved all summer for a new Trek bike and once he reached his goal, he decided that a Macbook Air was more practical and would get more use as he could only ride his bike half of the year. I only hope my own children will make wise choices like that.The book is a quick read and with Marianne's humor injected throughout, it is thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this book to any parent who is struggling with teaching their children about the value of money in this status-conscious world our kids (and us) are living in. The teaching you can impart through the use of this book, could correspond to life lessons that will make a difference in how they view money and debt for the rest of their lives.

  • By Paul Mastin on January 1, 2017

    Marianne Miller, a Crown Financial Ministries counselor, has heard plenty of stories from her clients who have substantial incomes but who never seem to have enough money. In The Gift of Enough: Raising Grateful Kids in a Culture of Excess, Miller describes some of the principles she and her husband have tried to instill in her family so that they avoid the financial traps so many fall into.The Gift of Enough is first of all a very personal book. Miller tells story after story of her experiences raising her boys. She has learned lessons and made mistakes, but has shown a great deal of consistency that has paid off at every stage. Parents would do well to follow her example in talking to their children about money and in modelling good habits.In terms of application, Miller's suggestions are practical and doable. Like many books in the genre, she seems to be much more concerned with preventative rather than restorative solutions. For someone whose kids are older, or who has traveled a ways down the road of poor financial decisions, this book may induce more groans of regret than plans to move forward.While the focus of The Gift of Enough is on finances, it's really much more broad than than. Miller addresses attitudes, family life, parenting, time management, and more. It is challenging, and perhaps convicting, without condemning or shaming. Pick it up and let Miller help you whip your own financial life--and the financial and life habits you are modelling and teaching your children--into shape.Thanks to the author for the complimentary review copy!

  • By Sarah P. on March 23, 2015

    Marianne highlights one of the most pervasive issues of our western culture: the endless pursuit of "stuff" and the emptiness it brings. To hear someone approach this in such a no-nonsense, yet upbeat, fashion is refreshing.She uncovers and unpacks how materialism and "stuff" have power over us and--mostly--our children. Then, she gives practical tools and insights for how to halt and rectify this cycle, while also finding the source of true joy (loved that last chapter!). "The Gift of Enough" also offers wisdom for all levels, from toddler years (e.g., setting the expectation of delayed gratification) to teenage years (e.g., setting and running one's own budget). While its main appeal is to parents; I, too, found it inspirational as an adult who is daily wages war against western materialism, and also as a teacher who mentors students who find themselves pressured by our culture's idea of happiness.This book also has great readability: Marianne sets a fast-paced tempo, which is interspersed with entertaining stories, practical research, everyday applications, and contemplative takeaways. She intuitively understands and identifies with the audience, which is likely a weary parent or adult mentor, and makes herself a great teacher for those ready to learn and embrace. The reader should come away refreshed and hopeful, ready to eschew materialism and, instead, embrace the role of relationships, giving, and true joy.

  • By Kelly McGuire on August 13, 2015

    Neither preachy or teachy this book presents a common sense approach to the problem of over acquisition today's humans face. The advertising of yet more of anything is not new, but increasingly problematic with ever more outlets, electronic devices, T.V.'s everywhere and gadgets encouraging purchase of bigger and better advancements.The author uses family experiences, providing authenticity to her arguments, rather than random thoughts and ideas gleaned from scattered anecdotes.Thanks for a readable book, well written and informative.


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