Filthy Rich

“How the property crash saved my life”

Manoj Raithatha

ISBN: 9781912726592

208 Pages

Published Sep 2022


Paperback £9.99 Kindle £5.99
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‘Why not spend £35 million on one big day out?’ – The Daily Telegraph on Manoj’s growing property empire, 2005.

Manoj Raithatha appeared to have it all. A booming property company, a picture-book family and the power to shape his destiny. Yet behind the enviable façade, his reckless ambition was consuming him and wreaking havoc on his marriage.

Then his professional and personal worlds were shattered. The 2008 financial crisis devastated his business and a sudden illness threatened his son’s life. With his hollow foundations exposed, Manoj found himself utterly dependent on the prayers of others and the help of a previously unknown God. What happened next would forever change his life. Morally bankrupted by greed and selfishness, Manoj would have to build his life and marriage anew with different foundations.

With profound reflections on faith, identity and meaning, Filthy Rich addresses some of the burning issues of our day.

  • Thank you, Manoj and Maria, for sharing with such disarming honesty. This very human story of the search for riches draws you in right from the start and will resonate with many who are exploring questions of life and faith. Filthy Rich beautifully bears testimony to God’s gentle yet persistent invitation to each one of us to come and find our peace and purpose in Him. It also shows us that it is often only in hindsight that we come to see the traces of the God who has been with us all along. This is a wonderful book to read and it is also a great gift to give; I would encourage you to do both!

    Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
  • This story is an amazing account of the difference Jesus makes. Manoj has seen his whole life turned around, and this book gives me great hope for many of my friends too. Buy it, read it, and pass it on to others. I pray this book will impact many more lives through its hopeful, authentic and profound message.

    Gavin Calver, CEO, Evangelical Alliance
  • 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.

    Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington
  • I find the autobiographies I’ve most enjoyed get me inside the author’s head – you are there, feeling them think, getting to know them, connecting with, in this case, Kenya, relationships, faith, teachers, the deals, The Daily Telegraph, the Rich List, the crunch of 2008, hospitals and Soul Survivor. And then you begin to ask, Who is behind the big picture in this life and is He at work in my life in the same way?

    Rico Tice, Senior Minister, All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
  • 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. 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, Senior Leader, All Nations Movement
  • 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.

    Ram Gidoomal CBE, Chairman, South Asian Concern
  • Manoj’s story told in this book is one of total transformation, and it is undeniably moving, with both the ups and downs in his life so far pointing to the goodness of God. It makes you feel like he’s telling you his story in person, over a meal perhaps. It is easy to read and clearly highlights how he grappled with some big questions that we can all identify with at some stage of our lives. What makes it particularly powerful is the vulnerability with which he chooses to share his story, making you realise that he can't boast in anything other than the God whom he now serves so wholeheartedly.

    Dayalan Mahesan, South Asian Forum Coordinator, Evangelical Alliance
  • 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.

    Rt Rev Dr Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford
  • 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 also give us an exciting future!

    Andy Frost, Director, Share Jesus International; Co-CEO, Gather Movement
  • 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, former General Director, Evangelical Alliance; now serving the Church across the UK and beyond
  • Wow – an impacting and life-transforming story. Manoj’s life ambition is to ardently pursue money, yet he ends up encountering and embracing God. He describes what happened with a high degree of transparency and humility. In my opinion, this is an authentic, life-changing story, one that I will recommend for everyone to read, digest, ponder on and learn from. I truly believe it will have a lasting eternal impact on all who find the time to read this amazing story.

    Pastor Octavia Williams, Walworth Christian Fellowship

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