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  1. 5 out of 5

    Murtaza

    This book is less about Bitcoin per se than a critique of the current fiat-biased monetary system that prevails globally, closing with a brief account of how replacing this system with Bitcoin would have morally positive downstream results. The analysis is decidedly Christian, with many quotations from the Bible (several of which were beautiful and true), but the core argument can be boiled down to an ethical one. Fiat money is inflationary, there is no limit to how much can exist and it is not This book is less about Bitcoin per se than a critique of the current fiat-biased monetary system that prevails globally, closing with a brief account of how replacing this system with Bitcoin would have morally positive downstream results. The analysis is decidedly Christian, with many quotations from the Bible (several of which were beautiful and true), but the core argument can be boiled down to an ethical one. Fiat money is inflationary, there is no limit to how much can exist and it is not tied to any underlying value. As the authors argue, inflation is a modern version of the old debasement of currency that rulers in pre-modern times engaged in to rob their subjects: whether alloying coins or reducing their weights from what is advertised. Moreover, since fiat money is unlimited and you can always print more, it unmoors those in power from any sense of responsibility for their choices while making it easier for elites to fund evil endeavors like wars. The indirect tax of inflation is a much easier way to rob people to pay for a war than a direct tax, which people would be far more likely to resist. In contrast to fiat money, Bitcoin is finite. There are 21 million Bitcoins in existence and will never be any more. The unit of currency is divisible, but not infinitely so. That makes it a hard form of exchange more like the gold standard that the United States and the world abandoned in the 20th century, switching to the fiat-based U.S. dollar that has also become a powerful tool of U.S. global imperialism. The state not only controls the money supply, its administrators have privileged access to it and can also cut off whomever they like. If the world were to switch to Bitcoin to order its economic affairs, the authors argue, there would be positive moral consequences that permeate all of social life. People would be paid in a far more real coin than the flimsy dollar bill whose value leaks out by the day. No one would be able to cut off individuals or entire countries from economic activity simply because they dislike them, as the U.S. also does in a frequently abusive fashion at present. The authors view of the present monetary system, as well as notional left-wing proposals such as Modern Monetary Theory, are that they are similar to the systems that prevailed in pre-modern civilizations that were led through ruin through elite robbery through the means of currency debasement. They see the United States indeed heading down this same path and view Bitcoin as a way out of participating in this immoral and dangerous socio-economic system. This book helped me understand the deep conservative opposition to inflation and continued longing for the gold standard far better. I would not recommend it as a starting point to learn about Bitcoin, it is dealt with only in two chapters, but the book offers a rousing critique of fiat-biased money that should make anyone think more deeply about the implications of the monetary system that we use today. If there is a way to build alternative mini-societies within society, Bitcoin would be a free, finite, and independent currency to order economic affairs. It will likely be of continued interest for those whom the current system cuts against the grain in various ways.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darryl Burling

    Generally good, but with one key unhelpful tone... I recently came across bitcoin and crypto currencies, and have been reading around economics and money ethics since then. I first learned about this book listening to a podcast in which a couple of the authors of this book were interviewed. This book does a good job of explaining some of the key themes related to bitcoin and our fiat money system today. Key issues such as the ethics of inflation are well covered, as are the benefits of bitcoin by Generally good, but with one key unhelpful tone... I recently came across bitcoin and crypto currencies, and have been reading around economics and money ethics since then. I first learned about this book listening to a podcast in which a couple of the authors of this book were interviewed. This book does a good job of explaining some of the key themes related to bitcoin and our fiat money system today. Key issues such as the ethics of inflation are well covered, as are the benefits of bitcoin by contrast to fiat currencies. There are also some excellent and thought provoking additions in this book, which I personally benefited from, such as the impact of fiat currency on the church and for Christian living generally. So, there are many positives to commend this book. Having said that, it seems clear to me (I have a theological PhD) that while the authors quote scripture throughout, and there is a surprisingly clear focus on personal holiness, the authors are not making a theological argument as much as an ethical one. This isn’t really a big detractor, but as a book for Christians, it is worth noting that if you’re looking for a theological treatise on money, this probably isn’t it. For this reason, it may not be ideal as a book to take groups through (though I would suggest you read it first and then make that decision for yourself). However, it would be fairly easy to take the material in this book and plug it into a more theologically driven outline. My biggest criticisms for this book, and the reason I’ve given it four stars rather than five, is twofold. First, at times, it comes across as a little alarmist, though I don’t think the authors are trying to be alarmist. This might be a symptom of being so deeply in the bitcoin bubble (or echo-chamber) where things are sometimes said that sound alarmist to those outside. This can be said of lots of communities, so it isn’t true only of the bitcoin social network communities. Second, and perhaps more importantly, at other times it comes across anti-government or anti-establishment. As Christians, we are called to submit to those in authority, and one of the biggest problems with the church today is that Christians are so belligerent against authority. So to throw fuel on this fire seems both unwise and unbiblical. However, don’t let these things stop you from reading this book. It is a worthwhile introduction to why we need a better currency standard than we have today and it will provoke lots of thought about why we do what we do both individually and as local churches.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Arnold

    So good. I genuinely think every Christian should read this book. Their theology may not be perfect, and the Bible verses and their explanations of those verses mentioned in this book may not exactly be exegetical expositions, but they were still helpful for the subject. They were used for application purposes. My view on money has changed forever. I have been involved in cryptocurrency since 2012, and knew it was something special, but this book solidified it. I have absolutely no doubt that cry So good. I genuinely think every Christian should read this book. Their theology may not be perfect, and the Bible verses and their explanations of those verses mentioned in this book may not exactly be exegetical expositions, but they were still helpful for the subject. They were used for application purposes. My view on money has changed forever. I have been involved in cryptocurrency since 2012, and knew it was something special, but this book solidified it. I have absolutely no doubt that cryptocurrency is the future of money. As a Christian with a theonomic postmill eschatological view, cryptocurrency makes perfect sense. The current monetary system is inherently corrupt, and causes more problems than you can ever imagine, even spiritual problems that you may have never thought of.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Ayala

    This book is quite an interesting and informative perspective between unsound and sound money. It spends about 90% talking about the theft of unsound money and how people are robbed of their work, dignity, and future by the continuous devaluation of money perpetuated by their governments. It shows us that what's going on right now is unbiblical and causes us to not "love our neighbor" because we're too busy surviving and trying to stay on the hamster wheel. Wars are also funded by printing money This book is quite an interesting and informative perspective between unsound and sound money. It spends about 90% talking about the theft of unsound money and how people are robbed of their work, dignity, and future by the continuous devaluation of money perpetuated by their governments. It shows us that what's going on right now is unbiblical and causes us to not "love our neighbor" because we're too busy surviving and trying to stay on the hamster wheel. Wars are also funded by printing money and the effect of unsound money is great wealth disparity, the source of many societal sins. The solution, of course, is sound money in the form of Bitcoin.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    A book every person sick of the world we live in should read The authors go into a very easy to understand yet revealing look at why our current social, political, and economic situation is so corrupt and how each of us as individuals can make a difference moving forward. A thoughtful wake-up call to citizens the world over who are looking for a way out of the moral bankruptcy foisted on us by politicians and their respective (not respectable) governments. Read it, think about it, and give it to A book every person sick of the world we live in should read The authors go into a very easy to understand yet revealing look at why our current social, political, and economic situation is so corrupt and how each of us as individuals can make a difference moving forward. A thoughtful wake-up call to citizens the world over who are looking for a way out of the moral bankruptcy foisted on us by politicians and their respective (not respectable) governments. Read it, think about it, and give it to your friends....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Muhammed Alsarraf

    Explains the mordern abysmal monetary system with all of it's flaws and introduces Bitcoin as a moral solution to the mess it created. Explains the mordern abysmal monetary system with all of it's flaws and introduces Bitcoin as a moral solution to the mess it created.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    There's a famous quote, "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Topics that might not be on many people's radar - like monetary ethics, investing, and this 'crazy new bitcoin thing' - nevertheless impact everyone immensely, even if they're not paying attention. TGFB is a quick read that provides a plain-english summary of many of these topics, particularly from a Christian perspective. This will be the most important book you read this year, and potentially life-changin There's a famous quote, "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Topics that might not be on many people's radar - like monetary ethics, investing, and this 'crazy new bitcoin thing' - nevertheless impact everyone immensely, even if they're not paying attention. TGFB is a quick read that provides a plain-english summary of many of these topics, particularly from a Christian perspective. This will be the most important book you read this year, and potentially life-changing for many.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    This book is a great overview of what is wrong with the modern financial system and how Bitcoin can (hopes) to fix it. Sprinkled in are biblical references to provide a baseline Christian worldview as a basis for these arguments.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ALECIA

    This book provides a great overview for the power of Bitcoin. In addition, it will also teach you the past, present and future of money in a way that you'll have a greater understanding of how the world works. This is a must read! This book provides a great overview for the power of Bitcoin. In addition, it will also teach you the past, present and future of money in a way that you'll have a greater understanding of how the world works. This is a must read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rhah

    I wasn't expecting much at first. Little did I know that this book would not only turn out to be an excellent read with very many great insights, but would also prove itself to be a profoundly important book that has forever changed my (previously skeptical) perception and opinion of Bitcoin. It isn't so much a book about Bitcoin (the term isn't used until chapter 8 of its total of 9), as it is a book about the the many inherent flaws of our current monetary system. For throughout the first 7 cha I wasn't expecting much at first. Little did I know that this book would not only turn out to be an excellent read with very many great insights, but would also prove itself to be a profoundly important book that has forever changed my (previously skeptical) perception and opinion of Bitcoin. It isn't so much a book about Bitcoin (the term isn't used until chapter 8 of its total of 9), as it is a book about the the many inherent flaws of our current monetary system. For throughout the first 7 chapters, it gives the reader a concise but detailed explanation of the history of our current fiat system, its inherent flaws, as well as the manipulative politics behind it and the way in which it negatively impacts our lives as a result. "Because money is so pervasive, bad money corrupts all aspects of life." This is important, for in order to see the potential that Bitcoin has to offer us in freeing us from our enslavement to money and the authorities that control the money supply (due to Bitcoin being completely decentralized and not under the control of a human authority that can abuse its power), it is necessary to understand why our current monetary system is broken and how exactly it negatively affects our day-to-day live and our future. As the book states: "We cannot understand Bitcoin's significance without understanding that our money is broken. It is much easier to grasp a thing's importance after understanding the need that it fulfills. This is why many people remain uninterested in Bitcoin; they simply don't realize that there's a problem to be fixed." And I'm glad to say that this book has succeeded in doing exactly that in a very straightforward, clear, concise, and easy to understand fashion that makes it easily accessible to everyone, without demanding a prior understanding of finances or economics of its reader. After having read this short book, I can say that I am no longer a skeptic, but now consider myself to be a proud and optimistic holder of (some fractions of a) Bitcoin and a fool for having stubbornly refused to consider it for so many years. This is a book that gives hope and should be read by everybody. I will leave you with one of its many profound insights: "Money was intended to store the value of work across time, but instead it has become the prime tool to exploit the community. Inflation in our current monetary system demands ever-increasing sacrifices from the community. To preserve wealth in an inflationary economy, a large investment of time, energy, and even money is required. Broken money requires everyone who wants to preserve the value of their wealth to constantly work. The more wealth a person has, the more time, energy, and money they need to spend on wealth preservation. As we move toward a Bitcoin standard, however, this changes. Bitcoin helps its owners plan over the long term. Bitcoin doesn't degrade or inflate, which allows us to place more value on our time. Bitcoin causes us to value our time more because our labor can be stored in money that holds its value. As a result, we don't worry about money as much and are left free to pursue more meaningful work. When enough people change their perspective on work and time, profound changes occur in our community. We start valuing other people's time. We gain a deeper understanding of the past and make better plans for the future. We start saving for future generations instead of stealing from them. We start building up civilization instead of tearing it down. Our current mentality is a sick and twisted one. If we don't value other people's time, we are not loving them. The core evil pervading our wasteful bureaucratic systems is that they have stolen billions of hours of human time. We can act against this evil by using money that better reflects the value of human time. Bitcoin helps us to love our neighbor and helps us lead purposeful lives."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loren Picard

    This might come across as an unfair review. The book is credited to eight different authors. Any book created by committee is bound to be sub-par. This is no reflection on any one of the authors. The tone of the book comes across as self-righteous and preachy. The authors are Bitcoin Maximalists and do not show any awareness for the developing decentralized world coming into being by other blockchain technologies. This is too bad. Also, the book represents a high-school level summary of the work This might come across as an unfair review. The book is credited to eight different authors. Any book created by committee is bound to be sub-par. This is no reflection on any one of the authors. The tone of the book comes across as self-righteous and preachy. The authors are Bitcoin Maximalists and do not show any awareness for the developing decentralized world coming into being by other blockchain technologies. This is too bad. Also, the book represents a high-school level summary of the work of Saifedean Ammous and Andreas M. Antonopoulos (at least Ammous ' "The Bitcoin Standard" is included in the Resources section in the back of the book). Given the authors' Christian background they include numerous biblical references. Some are very good and pertinent. There are so many they start to become annoying. Less is more in this case and the book could have benefited from a good editing. With all that said, its a quick read and hits all the high points of Bitcoin's real and perceived characteristics. And the book includes a few good nuggets of historical reference. In conclusion, I should give it 2 1/2 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Cook

    Very well written, and profoundly succinct. Kind of book that you want to highlight, but you would end up highlighting almost every page. It walks you through the thesis that btc actually does repair our dysfunctional relationship with money (both physically & spiritually). I was a skeptic on the "thank god" spiritual part before reading, but like all things bitcoin, now I get it. The books lays out the facts and information showing how our current monetary system is immoral, and why we are ensn Very well written, and profoundly succinct. Kind of book that you want to highlight, but you would end up highlighting almost every page. It walks you through the thesis that btc actually does repair our dysfunctional relationship with money (both physically & spiritually). I was a skeptic on the "thank god" spiritual part before reading, but like all things bitcoin, now I get it. The books lays out the facts and information showing how our current monetary system is immoral, and why we are ensnared by the worship of it. Then it effectively presents the strong case for bitcoin's moral system by design, arguing conclusively imo that "Bitcoin is nothing less than the redemption of our corrupt monetary system". If you are religious (or not), and feel you have missed the opportunity, or you feel it's ungodly to investigate bitcoin because it represents "greed" and "love of money", don't believe that lie! It's not too late, and probably will never be too late. Read it with an open mind and heart. It will be a blessing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Kate

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Derek Brown

    Great Recommendations; Average Theology Though that the authors did a good job of outlining some of the pros and cons of both our current monetary system and the system of Bitcoin. However, I think they put a little too much hope in BTC, didn’t expound on the entire crypto ecosystem and how it will have impact as well (it’s inextricably linked with Bitcoin), and spuriously included Bible verses at random with no real connection to the topic at hand.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Spencer

    Really helpful, simple, critique of the immorality of the current economic system. I highly recommend giving this a read. Only 2 chapters are on Bitcoin and it is not technical at all. This is an excellent introduction to why Bitcoin matters and why it can radically help change society for the good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wd Mckeon

    Power and Freedom for the individual. Monitoring the thief of wealth by those whom we trust has not been high on my list of things to do. I think it’s time for a change.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Teeter

    quick read - similar to other recent stuff as a good history of money and the need for this crypto - nice integration of scripture.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Bartee

    Enlightening! Incredible lesson on what money is, what is wrong with our current monetary system, and how Bitcoin fixes it. This is the future of finance. Highly recommended!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Gonzalo Montoya

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Enoch Chhabra

  24. 5 out of 5

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    Alaaddine

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tom Verhack

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashlei Kretz

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