In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, ‘Dethroning Mammon’ reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?
Archbishop Justin explores the tensions that arise in a society dominated by Mammon s modern aliases, economics and finance, and by the pressures of our culture to conform to Mammon s expectations. Following the Gospels towards Easter, this book asks the reader what it means to dethrone Mammon in the values and priorities of our civilisation and in our own existence. In ‘Dethroning Mammon’, Archbishop Justin challenges us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.
Review from Together magazine Non/Dec 2016: The key Lent title for 2017 will doubtless be Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby (Bloomsbury / 9781472929778 ). Not simply the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book, it is Welby’s first published title and as such will be picked up by the national press for review and dissection. The subject of mammon (money, power, materialism) is one surrounding us all. Are we so deeply immersed in its all-pervading structures that we cannot live without it? The subtitle of the book, ‘Making Money Serve Grace’ hints at the direction the Archbishop might be wishing to take, turning our world upside down to put Gospel priorities at the top of our agenda, while conceding some benefits to be gained from aspects of capitalism. Written with the events of Holy Week as a lens through which to explore our consumerist economy, this book will be attractive not only to Lent groups but also to those interested in getting to grips with the Archbishop’s thinking.