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Root of All Evil?: Making Spiritual Values Count [Paperback]

Antonia Swinson
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8 Aug 2003
A practical guide to money's role in everyday Christian living 'If all Christians bought this book and changed their priorities we would have revival in this land!' Keith Tondeur, Credit Action 'A timely book with an important message.' The Tablet 'Absolutely marvellous ...the word is RELEVANT.' Kevin Cahill, author of Who Owns Britain What does money mean to you? In whose interest is it for the population to be up to its eyeballs in debt? How does your childhood shape your views on money - for life? How does the financial world seduce us into accepting double standards? In this timely, practical and entertaining book, Antonia Swinson shows us how we can make our spiritual values count. She dares us to challenge the financial establishment and chart an escape route to financial salvation. You will never look at money in the same way again. The author is an acclaimed writer, broadcaster and award-winning financial journalist, and has also had three novels published. The author asserts that whenever there is a gap between our own spiritual values and the way we feel we have to deal with money, other people get rich at our expense - and we are all impoverished, often losing far more than money. The author challenges the financial establishment and charts an escape route back to financial salvation - and spiritual wealth.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St Andrew Press; 1st Edition edition (8 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715208055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715208052
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,440,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating reading--surely the most remarkable thing to have come from the pen of a financial writer for many a year."

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4.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with our tax system 12 Jun 2011
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This is an absorbing read for anyone with even half an interest in social justice. The answers to questions like Why is there such income disparity in our society? Why is the property market in the UK so dysfunctional? (for answers to both you just need to read Chapter 5) and other compelling questions of our time are described in laymen's terms in a highly readable account of the financial structure of the UK given by journalist, Antonia Swinson. I have long struggled with the work of land economist, Fred Harrison (most recently, The Predator Culture) and now at last I have found a straightforward explanation in terms I can really understand. The importance of land values in our tax regime has been neatly side-stepped by the prevailing orthodoxy of Neo-Classical economists. The author states that we need to "drag land back into people's consciousness as an urban resource" as the tax on land values is the only tax of any importance that does not distribute itself ie it can't be avoided. Pretty obvious really, when you think about it and why does it not happen? - vested interests. She's also pretty good on the "sick fiction of the 'housing ladder' which breeds constant discontent" and something called "preventive incantation" - ever had a so-called independent financial advisor say 'it never pays to be out of the market' - she exposes this for the shoddy piece of pyramid selling it truly is.

So why have I only given this profoundly important book (economically/politically/morally) only 4 stars. Well, an awful lot of people are going to be put off by the "God" references. She doesn't do it a lot but it does jolt you out of your grappling with the problems of mammon when she does. Also, she gets off to a very slow start. I really don't need to know about her various talks to Church groups or whatever around Scotland. But for anyone truly interested in the intractable problems of our time, she sheds new and original light on these areas.
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