In some circles, it's considered rude to talk about money, religion or politics at the dinner table. With his new book, Douglas A. Hicks provides a framework for people to break that rule and engage in meaningful conversations about all three taboo topics.

If not at the dinner table, those conversations should be taking place in legislative committees, church fellowship halls and other community gathering places, he suggests.

In Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy, the scholar of religion and economics addresses nuances of one of society's most taboo topics: Money. Citing voices ranging from Aristotle to Bono and Adam Smith to George W. Bush, he writes about greed, sharing, spending, consumerism, fairness, and justice. He writes about money as it relates to religion and values, and politics and public policymaking and explores ideas such as:

  • Changing the question from "Do I have enough?" to "Do we have enough?"
  • Society's responsibility as stewards of a mutual future.
  • Staying sane amid a world of consumer messages that we need more stuff to be happy.
  • Finding meaningful work as well as time for leisure and loved ones. 
  • How debt can negatively affect individuals and governments.

Money Enough is part of the Practices of Faith Series from Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint, and is expected to become popular with church forums and discussion groups. The themes in the book offer insight for all readers, regardless of faith or religious affiliation.

About the Author:
Douglas Hicks studied religion, ethics and economics at Harvard under noted theologian Ronald Thiemann and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen. Hicks’ work on religion in the workplace has received national media coverage, in outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Diversity Inc., CBS Evening News, NBC Today, and CNN International. He is the author of the widely praised With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America. Hicks teaches at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at  the University of Richmond and is a Presbyterian minister.