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Making Life Rich Without Any Money
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Release Date: October 2009
Print Length: 256
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3711-5

Making Life Rich Without Any Money

Finding Joy in What Really Matters

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In a time when readers have experienced the transitory nature of the economy, Phil Callaway shares fascinating characteristics of truly rich people—characteristics that have nothing to do with money and everything to do with wealth. Readers will nod their heads knowingly, smile, and sometimes laugh out loud as they read about…

  • The perils and joys of a SITCOM family (Single Income Three Children Oppressive Mortgage)
  • Phil’s new appreciation for his wife after a memorable “Mr. Mom” experience
  • One family’s surprising response when they are literally “creamed” by a dairy truck
  • A lasting male friendship forged over an unlikely object—a lawnmower
  • A startling phone call that changed Phil’s life

True wealth doesn’t come with any material possessions. Through warmth and laughter, Callaway shows that the best things in life are not really things, after all. In this tough economic climate, readers may be surprised to learn that they may find real richness even in their own backyards.

Meet the author

Phil Callaway

Phil Callaway

Best known for his humorous yet perceptive look at life, award-winning author and speaker Phil Callaway has written more than 25 books, including Making Life Rich Without Any Money. Phil is also a syndicated columnist, the editor of Servant magazine, and a popular speaker for corporations, conferences, camps, and marriage retreats. He would say that his...

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A Word from the Author

"What really matters in life? And what has made you rich? When I began asking these questions, I was unprepared for the answers. You see, I grew up below the poverty line, so when I thought of success 10 years ago, it was synonymous with stuff. And then disaster struck (you have to read the book to find out what I mean!), and the disaster changed everything. I've been absolutely blown away by the response to this book from all over the world. One lady wrote asking how she could experience the peace I have. I wrote her and told her. She, her husband, and four children have since placed their faith in Christ. A millionaire in Chicago wrote to tell me that if he would have had this book 5 years ago, his family would still be together. May God continue to use this 8-ounce missionary for His glory!"
—Phil Callaway, Author of Making Life Rich Without Any Money

Editorial Reviews

"Here is a book that parents especially will read because they enjoy it, and they will likely tell others to read it too. Callaway, the editor of Servant magazine, writes with an appealing mix of humor, vulnerability, and honesty. He can touch the heart strings as well as the funny bone and does it all with a fine balance, succumbing to neither sentimentality nor silliness.

This is not a money management book; instead, it is a book about being rich spiritually whether one has money or not. Callaway makes good use of personal anecdotes and also draws on interviews with others. The six characteristics of the truly rich are well developed, though a bit hard to grasp quickly from a glance at the table of contents. 'Rich People Are People People' and 'Rich People Leave the Right Things Behind' are clear and compelling. Other titles are more cute than functional in terms of telling what those sections of the book are about. All in all, the plusses are many and the minuses few. Recommended."
Church Libraries

"Phil Callaway, a humorist from Three Hills, Alta., and a Christian, actually practices a life of simplicity and contentment. This may explain why his book, which could have been subtitles Slowing Down before You Fall Down, somehow makes you want to—how-ever hokey and impossible that might seem to us who are, as he puts it, 'moving at the speed of stress.'

Perhaps it's the descriptions of life as it could be: 'The other night as spring touched down, I took a walk with my nine-year-old daughter, Rachael. Hand-in-hand we followed a cattle path past blossoming violets and dandelions.'

Perhaps it's the one-liners (e.g., 'A closed mouth gathers no foot'). Or such tragic-comic incidents as the time a milk truck rolled downhill and into his friends' house: 'When Jean saw the mess?she cried over a spilt milk truck. But when she saw the slogan on the van staring out at her from the ruins of her kitchen, the tears vanished. 'Here Comes Curly,' it said.'

Significantly, Jean and her husband didn't sue Curly's. They just repaired the damage, then threw a party to celebrate 'the closing of an open house'—with a Curly's truck dispensing eight flavours of ice cream.

Some may find parts of Making Life Rich Without Any Money cloying or too religious, but they will surely be a minority."
Alberta Report

"Phil Calloway has a knack for driving home important points without being overly preachy or condescending...I came away with a better sense of what's really important in life.”

“Phil Callaway writes a lovely, non-pressure book for those interested in defining the important things in life…Callaway has given the reader great food for thought.”

“He’s [Phil Callaway] got a great sense of humor and he’s not afraid to use it in his writing!”

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