Book Review on Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most
— Amanda Rachelle Geers —
Mark Scandrette’s, Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, gives a practical approach to a revolution that calls the reader to reevaluate what it means to live the good life. Scandrette’s argument is that the good life is the free life, the life where we determine what matters most to us rather than getting caught in the current pattern of society which often traps us in consumption, debt, and draining jobs with little meaning.
What first caught my attention about Free was the word “money” on the cover; I am a recent graduate from college and even more recently married and realize that the training I received on how to manage money is lacking. As a result, I find myself seeking to fill that void in my education quickly so as to start the financial aspect of my adult life off on a strong foundation. But what I gratefully found was much more than a how-to guide on money but more of a very personal devotional. In Free, I was led to examine the Scriptures of what Christ says about both money and time, to do some serious soul searching into who I am, and to examine the reality of my financial situation and calendar with how that aligns with the purpose God has given me.
It is clear going through the book that some serious time was spent in examining its effectiveness, as it is filled with tools, tips, and extensive worksheets that helped ensure my success in truly making a change in my life. I finished the book not just with a new sense of hope but also with the ability and clear understanding on how to pursue that hope. At times, all of the exciting new ways of thinking about time and money can feel a bit idealistic and even overwhelming. However, the side notes from Lisa and Hailey Scandrette are a breath of fresh air that give a more vulnerable look into the required effort, hardships, and rewards of a “free” lifestyle, which puts it within reach of the reader. It also helps that the tone of the book is less of a “how-to” but more like a friend helping you along the journey of getting your life on the track you want it to take.
Fortunately, Free is relevant to and aware of readers in all stages of life and at all socio-economic levels. And specifically, when thinking about my current generation, I think this book will be of a tremendous help as so many of us aspire to do good with our time and money, but at the same time, haven’t been trained well in how to align those with our dreams. As a result, we tend to get caught in what society expects of us and our dreams are easily pushed aside when the pressure starts to hit.
I highly encourage people not only to read this book but to read it with a partner or in a group as I think its message will be that much stronger in your life when discussed and practiced in some sense of community. To end, here is one of my favorite quotes from Free: “Those who are clear about their purpose are able to rest and live deliberately, free of hurry and striving.” Enjoy!
~ Intern at MSA, Amanda Rachelle Geers