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The power of the cross to change a life given to the pursuit of wealth - true happiness found in relationship with God
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In Filthy Rich, Manoj Raithatha gives a vivid and moving account of a life transformed - his own.
The author comes from a wealthy business family with interests in both Britain and Kenya. He trained as an English teacher, then a furniture salesman, and also wrote a play (which gained a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival) and a BAFTA-winning TV series.
In the early 2000s London's property market was booming, and he quickly built up a portfolio, using one as security for the next, and striking deal after deal from his tiny study in a suburban semi.
In 2005 a full page portrait of Manoj appeared in the Telegraph's property section. He was working crazy hours, but when the financial crisis burst in 2008 he was horribly overextended.
Then his little son fell ill. Christian friends maintained a prayer vigil for five days, and when the child recovered Manoj and Maria started attending a church. Within weeks, the couple committed their lives to Christ. Today Manoj runs South Asian Forum, a network of Christians from an Asian background.
Filthy Rich by Manoj Raithatha was published by Lion Hudson Plc in February 2015 and is our 14171st best seller. The ISBN for Filthy Rich is 9780857215901.
At just Half-a-dozen or so pages per chapter, this book makes for a very easy read. This is an examined life: from a caring Hindu upbringing to the early stirrings of Christian faith and the passionate opposite attraction of being a self-made man, leaving teaching for a career in the media, a BAFTA award and an Emmy nomination.
The lure of the Rich List took him into the venture property market, riding high, buying on promise, hope and spin-doctoring, until the 2008 financial crash and the deadly illness of his son with the most negative prognosis.
The interplay of his family's Hindu faith and the Christian faith of his friends and of others who hardly knew him is sensitively recorded with love shown on both sides. This is a book that both Christians and non-Christians, and indeed those of no faith will find valuable.
Editors Note: The writer of this review has informed us that he knows the Author of the book personally. We have independently read this book, and feel that, nonetheless, this review represents a fair and balanced presentation of the book, and that his personal relartionship to the author in no way affects the integrity of the review.
"Manoj Raithatha has a fascinating story dealing with wealth, poverty, faith and leadership. He tells his story with honesty and skill, and is a voice well worth listening to." -- Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean, St Mellitus College
"Filthy Rich provides us with an amazingly encouraging account of a life turned around by a powerful encounter with Jesus. This is a book to read and enjoy but then to give away to a friend or neighbour and pray it will impact them." -- Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance
"Behind its intentionally outrageous title, Manoj gives us a compelling, fast-moving and enjoyable read. It is a moving and much-needed account of God's ways with people from migrant Asian backgrounds. An inspiring read I can recommend." -- Steve Bell, Director of Interserve
"This is an open and honest story of one man's search for happiness. Believing financial wealth will deliver the contentment and security he craves, Manoj pursues money with all his strength. But after experiencing dizzying highs and devastating lows he finally comes to realise that true happiness can only be found in relationship with God. I commend this book wholeheartedly - it will challenge the reader to rethink their values and priorities." -- Ram Gidoomal CBE, Chairman Traidcraft plc, Lausanne International Board
"Manoj's journey to faith is fascinating: relational break-ups, major property deals, panic attacks, the supernatural ... His book shows that God can not only change our past but give us an exciting future!" -- Andy Frost, Share Jesus International
"I have found this story to be both gripping and emotionally moving. It's a no holds barred account of the power of the cross to save and restore. I couldn't put the book down once I started it. Filthy Rich is well written and draws the reader in to see what will happen next. I believe it will be a great resource tool for those who have no faith, those exploring a deeper meaning to life and even longstanding believers. I will be recommending it to many Christian business people I know and giving it as a gift to those who are not yet followers of Christ. This is a true rags-to-riches, to true riches story!" -- Steve Uppal, All Nations Christian Centre, Wolverhampton
"This is an extraordinary story compellingly told. Spanning three continents, touching on themes of identity, family, money and loss, Manoj invites us, out of the honesty and humour of his own experience, to reflect on what isn't important in life, what really does matter and the choices we make between the two. Filthy Rich won't take you long to read, but you won't forget it in a hurry." -- The Rt Revd Dr Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford
|Author / Artist||Manoj Raithatha|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson Plc (February 2015)|
|Edition||1st New edition|
|Number of Pages||224|
|Page last updated||15th May 2015|