Filthy Rich: The property tycoon who struck real gold
Book review: Star rating ***
Author: Manoj Raithatha
Publisher: Monarch Books. 2015. £8.99
Does money buy you true happiness? An old question of course but still a pertinent one in this day and age as many still pursue dreams of wealth, work all hours to achieve wealth and some of course play the national lottery with a dream of making an instant un-earned fortune.
Filthy Rich is essentially the rags to riches to true riches true life story of property tycoon Manoj Raithatha. Born in Watford to Indian-Kenyan-Ugandan-Indian parents. Manoj’s is particularly interesting as he relates the great highs and lows of his journey towards building up a multi-million pound property empire.
What does this all mean for him, his wife and family? What makes this all the more absorbing a read is that the journey to success meets a number of major roadblocks – namely the financial crash of 2008 and the serious illness of his young son.
Up to these moments he had more or less gone through life un-troubled by questions of faith or religion but these were the major episodes that made him stop and consider whether he can have it all. Can he have it all on his own terms or does he need to rely on “outside help“ so to speak?
As you read the book it makes you reflect on your own life and how you tend to go about it believing that you succeed or fail by your own efforts and/or those of the colleagues, teams, family and friends around you. But what if this isn’t enough to get you through big crises, or to sustain your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being?
Without being over theological or preachy, Manoj’s story allows the reader to see how God can work in one’s life to create results that ordinarily you would consider out of reach. His story is tangible proof of God’s mysterious power and for those interested to follow in Manoj’s property mogul footsteps there’s plenty to take on board from a business perspective too. Manoj demonstrates that being a businessman or woman and a person of faith are not mutually exclusive. They can go hand in hand.
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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
“Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.”
Psalm 37: 16-17
Filthy Rich is a nominated book in the Christian Book Awards 2016. You can vote here for your favourite adult’s and children’s books. The awards ceremony is on 17th May 2016.
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