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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living

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Every life requires a spiritual foundation.
"Grandfather, you left this..." Julio lifted the leather-bound journal and stepped toward the old man.
"It is yours now," said Antonio, with a gleam in his eye. "I've lived my life according to the twelve principles recorded in it. And if you will apply its principles as I did, your success will be greater than you could ever imagi
ebook, 208 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 28th 2004)
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Chad Warner
Aug 10, 2014 Chad Warner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Andy Tabisz
This modern fable teaches that businesspeople play an important role in doing God’s work by financially supporting the church. Although I agree with that, and the book makes a few other worthwhile points, I was disappointed to find that it teaches the unbiblical prosperity theology (AKA prosperity gospel, AKA health and wealth gospel). For examples, see Principle 1: “Work Hard and God Will Prosper You”, and Principle 2: “Financial Prosperity is Connected to Soul Prosperity.” With unbiblical less ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in one sitting. Very easy and fun read. Recommended by Dave Ramsey.
Sep 27, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely
In reading this book, it was very interesting I had a hard time putting it down. It lists 12 principles for successful living, that are all based on scripture. No this isn't your typical "self-help" book, this book has a very fascinating tale of a young man and his adventures. This is a book that you should read if you want to remind yourself of what is important in life and in business. I found myself imagining myself in the shoes of Julio who is the young man that is being told the story by hi ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Chloe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid principles, but the ending was rather cliche:

"The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant was only just beginning."


Only, only use that phrase if you're going to do an epilogue after the final chapter, otherwise the reader is going to be slightly put out that they didn't actually get to read the legend that the book so proudly proclaims to be about. The least Felber could have done was write a lengthly author's note about how to apply the principles in real life, rather than tel
Mar 27, 2013 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was a fantastic book, I loved it. I always love material that counters the "evil rich" nonsense. I wish I had read something like this years ago.

I don't understand why schools don't make books like this required reading, yet they can't seem to get books full of death and darkness into kid's hands fast enough.

The story centers around a Catholic family, but isn't condescending toward other denominations/religions. Though the principles are mostly Christian in nature they could easily be appli
Jul 10, 2008 Laynee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great book!! I love how it is told in a story. It makes it more interesting. We get to experience all the things that the characters experience and all the lessons that he learned. I would recommend taking notes when reading this book. I would try to apply the lessons learned in this book to my life. This book opened my eyes to a lot of things that I would have never thought of. If you want to create a successful habit then I would encourage you to read this book. But don't stop t ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I've been a listener of Dave Ramsey's radio show for a long time, and this book embodies his principles in a short fable format. The fable itself was well-written and enjoyable...a grandfather passing on his knowledge of scripture and business sense on to his grandson. In the back of the book, the actual Biblical references are listed. I think these principles would apply even if one wasn't a person of faith. It's common sense advice that anyone could use and apply to his/her life. It was defini ...more
Jul 02, 2010 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great lessons for living life.
Aidan Link
Jan 11, 2017 Aidan Link rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant is a journey that the reader takes in learning key pieces that will guide you in your everyday life. Antonio and his grandson Julio will guide you through an amazing journey in which as a reader you discover twelve pieces of advice to not only help you in a business scenario but in leadership and all situations that deal with money and how to include God in those plans. For these reasons I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story as well as a ...more
Jennifer Chirillo
It was a quick and easy read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who are in high school. There are some valuable life lessons mentioned.
Gretchen Hicks
Oct 07, 2016 Gretchen Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a simply written book but it has a lot of value on biblical principles of business ownership. I found it to be interesting and enlightening. The principles in it are to be treasured and are pretty rare in today's society.
Feb 22, 2013 Jeremy rated it it was ok
"The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant” is a pilgrim tale. It’s a tale designed for people who want to go places and make their life count. This tale centers around the journey of a grandfather (Antonio) and his grandson (Julio), with the life lessons that come about during this time. Antonio brought his grandson Julio to Rome to see the sites and to offer a good deal of wisdom. Through the recounting of Antonio’s life, the reader is given a glimpse into sound financial principles. Given that ...more
Steven Kirkpatrick
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living was an excellent read. The story is set in historic Italy, one of my favorite settings for a book. But the most important parts about this book are the timeless principles.

The narration is a grandfather who has been a successful businessman reading through his journal to his grandson. The grandfather describes his meetings with his mentor every three years and the principles that his mentor taught him. He also covers the
Dec 29, 2012 Virginia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most disappointing books that I have read in a long time. What man this book disappointing was the writing style, the poor contents and the endorsement.

Writing Style.
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant is advertised as a modern parable about a grandfather (Antonio) preparing his grandson (Julio) to be a man set in Rome during the pre-Renaissance period. The only indicators of this setting are the locations and the few historical sign posts (i.e the rebuilding of St Peter
Sep 21, 2016 Kerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! About a 90 minute Aesop's fable style read. Uplifting and inspired.
Sep 17, 2016 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous book! I expected it to be good but was surprised just how easy a read and how valuable the lessons. One to gift and re-read!

David McClendon, Sr
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living.

This book tells the reader a story about a young man who is faced with the choice of serving God as a monk or as a merchant. He chooses the path of a merchant and our story takes us through the challenges and lessons he learns along the way.
There are no earth-shattering revelations in this book, but it helps to remind us of things we already know. Depending on your current beliefs, it may actually change the way you look a
Mar 08, 2012 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I finished this book this morning. I read it because it is recommended by Dave Ramsey and his team. I liked many of the principles talked about in the book. I like the fable story way of communicating important principles. Most are common sense principles; yet is is surprising how often I don't act with common sense. I liked the idea of successful men being able and willing to mentor those seeking to make a difference in their lives, and the idea of a long lasting mentoring relationship. I also ...more
Josh Lambert
Dec 07, 2015 Josh Lambert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
This book covers basic Christian principles for running a business from a biblical worldview. Concepts such as tithing, having a good work ethic, providing for your family, avoiding debt, mentoring, and more are covered with fictional examples of Antonio, a business man passing his knowledge down to his grandson Julio in a discipleship setting.

I enjoyed the story, though I do wish that there was some type of companion book showing more practical application for some of these principles in the re
Brian French
Felber shares 12 principles from the point of view of a grandfather sharing to his grandson about how to be successful in business. The premise is that what merchants (or secular) work can be holy to God if God is honored first and these 12 principles are followed.

1. Work hard and God will prosper you.
2. Financial Prosperity is often connected to Soul Prosperity
3. A man must do what he can to provide for his family
4. Trials develop your character, preparing you for increased blessings
5. Take re
Feb 17, 2014 Wyndy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book written in the style of Og Mandano. The teacher tells the story and the pupil learns steps or principles that will help him progress along life's highway on a path that would be approved by God. In this book the grandfather is telling the grandson how to have a bountiful prosperous life without getting into trouble or over extending himself by relating the story of how his mentor taught him. Each chapter has a basic point which the grandson deduces and then lives it for 3 years re ...more
Dan McConkie
Jun 29, 2009 Dan McConkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is somewhat superficial about what it takes to be successful... but in a way that works. It is not a heavy read, in fact, it can easily be read in a couple hours. There are no big revelations that will cause you to change your life. However, for someone that is working on self-improvement and on becoming successful, it is a nice reminder of the direction you should be going. It lists 10 principles (or so) that, if followed, will allow God to bless you in your life with success.

I like t
Clint Hyden
This book was given to all of the Financial Peace University coordinators over a year ago by Dave Ramsey's team. I finally picked it up and completed the easy read in just a few days. This book is in the same vein as "Who Moved My Cheese", but with a financial twist. It offers an easy read with tweleve financial principles for life. I'm not surprised that Dave Ramsey requires all of his employees to read this book. Terry Felber and Dave are cut from the same cloth in their views of how to handle ...more
Trevor Acy
Jun 28, 2011 Trevor Acy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trevor by: Dave Ramsey
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant is a great quick book for a weekend read. Like most books on business the content isn't ground-breaking. But where it shines is the storytelling. Felber takes you back in time to Venice, Italy where a grandfather recants an 18 year epic to his grandson on how he came to discover the 12 principles for successful living. The characters are all unique in their emotions and attitudes that allow you to identify with them quickly which really keeps the tale aliv ...more
Richard Kuhn
Apr 11, 2013 Richard Kuhn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is really good. Although simplistic in style, the story was good and the characters interesting. This author is like Andy Andrews and the story itself mirrors Andrew's narrative style. That being said, the best part of the book for me was the discussion section at the back where the research and reasonings behind the 12 principles are fleshed out in more detail. This research and the scriptures and references detailed were simply amazing and I will refer to that section often.
Joseph Iliff
Jan 29, 2013 Joseph Iliff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
I found this book to truly live up to the praise that Dave Ramsey gives it on his radio show. It does indeed demonstrate how both the monk and the merchant are praising God and doing his work here on Earth. Through the fable, the reader receives the same insight and sense of wonder in the wisdom of the grandfather that the grandson does. I recommend this to anyone who comes from a faith and wants to express that faith in the marketplace. A fun read with great wisdom. Perfect for my collection.
Oct 28, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concepts and principles of this book are good but I didn't find myself enjoying the style of writing. The title implies a rather dramatic or big story and really it's a grandfather telling a little fable to his grandson(whom is written to be an adult but comes off like a small child to me) about how he came to be a merchant and his values towards money. If you're struggling with the concept that money is evil than it might be worth your time but otherwise I wouldn't recommend it
Nick Pannone
Apr 28, 2015 Nick Pannone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. Essentially, this was a story of a legacy...of one man passing down character and virtue to the next generation. Functionally, this book speaks to how the work of the clergy and the the business man are both holy. God accomplishes his will through both. I believe the purpose of this parable is to elevate the sense of meaning and purpose in vocation. There are many lessons to be learned from this book and I hope you enjoy.
May 03, 2013 Vaishali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw that the forward was by Dave Ramsey so I started listening to it. I think it may be better to read this one because the narrator on the audio is not that great. Its same message that Ramsey gives in his books but in a different perspective. God oriented and interesting. Best part for me was when he says, "financial prosperity means soul prosperity" leave the guilt for being rich and wealthy, God wants you to be. Nice!
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