The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living
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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living

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A fantastic adventure of personal growth - set in 16th century Italy. Readers will meet and join young Julio, who is taken on a quest into adulthood - as his grandfather reveals mysterious family secrets.

Woven through the story are 12 principles of success including: Work Hard and God will Prosper You Be Meek Before God, but Bold Before Men Live Debt-Free and Below Your Me...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 25th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 28th 2004)
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Read in one sitting. Very easy and fun read. Recommended by Dave Ramsey.
Sep 27, 2009 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Mar 27, 2013 J. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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
Chad Warner
Aug 10, 2014 Chad Warner rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Great lessons for living life.
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
Mar 08, 2012 Jon rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of THE LEGEND OF THE MONK AND THE MERCHANT: TWELVE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL LIVING by Terry Felber Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. Overall, I found it an enjoyable and fast-paced read. The book starts with a foreword about material possessions by Dave Ramsey. It reminded me of my mother’s philosophy on goods: only have what you need and use them for the betterment of the world. You don’t need eights cars. Stick with one, and whenever possible, use it to help someone who isn’t able to g...more
"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
David E 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...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...more
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
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...more
Dan McConkie
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...more
This book is an easy read; something you can finish in a couple of hours. Written as a parable, the basic message is about financial and business growth and principles through Christian teachings. While Felber does offer some good principles, i did not find the tale particularly thought-provoking nor motivational.
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
Very inspirational. It's basically 12 steps to live by in a nice short story. There is even a question and answer section in the back. It has a heavy Christian foundation, but many of the 12 steps can be applied whether you are christian or not.

I plan on keeping this book.
Trevor Acy
Jun 28, 2011 Trevor Acy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
I will be reading this book once a year.
Joseph Iliff
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.
Richard Kuhn
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.
Quick and enjoyable read. Provides 12 principals of success that anyone can apply to their life.
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!
Mike Coville
This was a wonderful book written in a parable style story to teach a life lesson about working for the right reasons. With a forward and endorsement from Dave Ramsey, you know it should make financial sense.

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Aug 13, 2011 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Samantha by: Dave Ramsey
Took me about an hour to read.. super clear, straight forward financial tips couched in a story framework, geared toward the christian person looking for sound principles. I read this on the recommendation of Dave Ramsey, it was pretty much what I expected. Could have been read to a youngster, though, as its VERY simplistic.
Ok, not great. I agree with the 12 principles, but I guess after listening to Dave Ramsey so long there wasn't really anything new. There was a point or two where it seemed to sound a bit like prosperity doctrine, but overall, I believe that living by these principles will give you success with money.
Heard about this book from Dave Ramsey.. it was one of his highly recommended books to read. It's poorly written/edited sometimes but the principles he presents are really good, and I like that it's written in narrative form. I definitely recommend it! You can read a chapter (5/6 pages) over lunch break :D
Jeremy Waters
This book shares some great principles about faith, life, and work by telling a good story about a Renaissance era grandfather passing his legacy and wisdom to his grandson. Good principles in a quick read. I can understand why it is required reading for everyone who works for Dave Ramsey.
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