Of Legends, Monks and Merchants.

A number of years ago, I worked for a man who was rebuilding department in the company. He took sound business practices and worked to make the department better, run smoother and in all be a little more profitable. During my course of being in his employ, he had me read a book about business. The name of the book escapes me but it was written in story form to teach the reader about business. I stayed up that night reading all but the final few chapters; those were finished before work the next morning which started at 7am.  I simply could not put the book down.

I encountered another book just like that one. Only this one I do remember the name! It is, The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant and is authored by Terry Felber, with a forward by non other than Dave Ramsey himself.

The book is set in the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy. It is a Grandfather telling his grandson the story of how he came to be a merchant and not a monk.

Antonio, the grandfather, had lost his parents and nearly his life as a young child. He was rescued and taken in by a monk. He grew up in the church, learning about the Christian faith. When he was older, the monk sent him to live and work with a friend of his, Alessio. This was to determine if God was calling Antonio to the work of a monk or a merchant.

He realized at the end of two months God was calling him to the world of business. He knew only what Alessio had taught him. They made arrangements to meet together on one specific night every three years. Each night they met, Alessio had a new business truth to share with Antonio based on what he was learning and experiencing.  Through triumph and tragedy they met together for years.

Now I am not going to share the principles with you; you’ll have to get the book to find them for yourself.

Terry Felber wove a wonderful story. The plot and characters were exceptional. The principles were outstanding. Scripture was woven throughout the story. There is an appendix full of the references to the passages used.

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant is a book about business but translates well into the business of living. All of the principles apply to daily life and not just the daily life of a merchant.

The book releases on January 1, 2013 but you can pre-order it from amazon.com. And you might want to. I know if we all read it and applied the principles our new year and our world would change. We could make a difference. It is available in both print and ebook.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.


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