"In a society and culture in which we live in the United States of America in the twenty-first centuries, the deceitfulness of riches is one of the most treacherous things with which the Christian has to deal in his spirituality. The "middle-class" in the United States today is so prosperous, yet in the midst of all these luxurious things, it is hard to imagine that we stand in danger of covetousness each day. Few admit to being wealthy, few realize the tremendous gap between the " American way of life" and the financial struggles of the majority of the rest of the world. The average home in America today may be among the highest lifestyles in all the history of the world!"
The Bible has more to say about the relationship of a man with his money than nearly any other topic. Lanier set out to write a series of articles about this vital topic for The Crier and was eventually encouraged to put the series in book form.