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A Feature Review of
Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God’s Abundance
Paperback: IVP Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Halee Gray Scott.
On September 29, Americans watched the Dow slide 778 points—the largest single day decline—like a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane just broke shore. As everyone else fled for cover in horror, my husband, Paul, and I tried walking on water. As a result of the crisis, Paul’s company, a non-profit ministry, ordered offsite workers to work from the corporate office in Laguna Beach, one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. Knowing we’d never be able to afford a home there on a ministry salary, Paul and I decided to take the money we’d saved over the years and build a life in a more affordable area. Things went well until the eve of my daughter’s first birthday, when she came down with a severe, life-threatening respiratory illness, landing her in the children’s hospital for more than a week. With our crash and burn insurance policy, that one visit cost us all our savings and put us severely in debt. Far from walking on water, we sunk. Or at least we thought we did. We felt like we’d lost everything.