God in the Pits: Confessions of a Commodoties Trader

God in the Pits: Confessions of a Commodoties Trader

God in the Pits Confessions of a Commodoties Trader Ritchie gives the story of the astonishing early growth of his options trading company and the dilemma of newfound wealth against his background of Christian faith

  • Title: God in the Pits: Confessions of a Commodoties Trader
  • Author: Mark Andrew Ritchie
  • ISBN: 9780964695221
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ritchie gives the story of the astonishing early growth of his options trading company and the dilemma of newfound wealth against his background of Christian faith.

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    I was fooled by the title. The "commodities trader" part is maybe 5% of the book, while "god" is the majority of the book. I naively expected the story to follow a plot where Ritchie starts seriously grappling with his faith (and morals) once he strikes it rich. Instead, it turns out he's spent his entire life grappling with his faith and is extremely ethical and charitable on his path to success.I found the story's progression from countless tragedies/setbacks/adventures to millionaire to be st [...]

    I bought this out of interest in his trading story. But I recommend it for what it teaches you about humanity and charity - that charity is more than giving dollars - it requires active involvement.

    This book should really be renamed, because the title would seem to suggest that the book is about religion as it plays out in the “pits” of the stock exchange. Although Ritchie uses multiple stories from the Chicago Board of Trade (where he became a wealthy man), that’s not the focus of the book. The “Enron-Jihad Edition” refers to the fact that the book was reprinted after 9/11 because Ritchie grew up in Afghanistan as a missionary kid and has much to say about Islam and Afghanistan, [...]

    The title is deceptive. This is not a book about the trading floor of Chicago. I assumed it would be similar to "Spirit of the Rainforest" (in which Ritchie provided an intriguing anthropological look at the Yanomamo Tribe). I assumed the same approach to the stock market; I assumed an anthropological look at the traders from an inside perspective in the pits. I was wrong. It was better. This was a look at one man, Mark Ritchie. It is his own personal search for the truth of God through a childh [...]

    Mostly biographical, partly financial, interwoven with his search to find himself and find a personal relationship with Christ, from growing up in Afghanistan with his missionary father to his commodity futures trading company Chicago. A moving story of a search of self, and for an old-fashioned Savior that turned out to be highly relevant in a fast-paced world. Highly recommended.

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