Cache Valley author David Benson is the 2019 winner of the Silver Quill Award from the League of Utah Writers, recognizing his work in non-fiction writing.
His book, the Poorest Man in Zion, mimics the format and tenor of George Clason’s classic The Richest Man in Babylon.
”For many years I’d wanted to write a response to that,” Benson said. “The Poorest Man In Zion is finally that response. Wealth beyond the riches of Babylon is my way of indicating that there’s more to this life than just silver and gold.
“The Richest Man in Babylon is all about attaining those earthly possessions. The Poorest Man in Zion is all about achieving that lasting happiness that cannot be bought by monetary means.”
Benson said he also wrote the book to use as an aid in his work as a corporate trainer.
“I wrote it as a business book to support some of the principles that I was teaching in my courses,” he explained. “I think it would be mostly interesting to those who are trying to improve their lives and find deeper meaning in what they are doing every day.”
Through a series of 10 essays, Benson reviews the principles that lead to thriving professional and personal lives.
He said the sustaining principles of Zion are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.