Suggestions

I enjoy books and I have found that, while blogs are nice, there is so much more information that can be found in a well written book. So, I figured that it would be helpful for me to share some of my favorite financial books with everyone here. I have linked them to Amazon in case you feel the "need" to own the book (I personally suggest using the library but completely understand the lure of filling a bookshelf with trophies that prove how well read you are).

*Pictures and descriptions are those provided by Amazon.



5 Star Ratings

Mind Over Money by Brad and Ted Klontz: "Do you overspend? Undersave? Keep secrets about money from a spouse or family member? Are you anxious about dealing with your finances? If so, you are not alone. Let's face it–just about all of us have complicated, if not downright dysfunctional, relationships with money."



The Richest Man in Babylon by Charles Conrad: The ancient Babylonians were the first people to discover the universal Laws of Wealth. The Richest Man in Babylon reveals their timeless secrets. Through this entertaining parable, you'll learn how to: 

* Keep more of what you earn
* Put your savings to work for you
* Get out of debt
* Choose wise investments
* Increase your earning power
* Safeguard a lasting fortune
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robins and Joe Dominguez : "The seminal guide to the new morality of personal money management" (Los Angeles Times(on the first edition))


In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Life is an essential read. With updated resources, an easy-to-use index, and anecdotes and examples particularly relevant today-it tells you how to:

* get out of debt and develop savings

* reorder material priorities and live well for less

* resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle

* save the planet while saving money

* and much more




The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley: “The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.”

The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley: “The Millionaire Mind targets a population of millionaires who have accumulated substantial wealth and live in ways that openly demonstrate their affluence. Exploring the ideas, beliefs, and behaviors that enabled these millionaires to build and maintain their fortunes, Dr. Stanley provides a fascinating look at who America's financial elite are and how they got there.”

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell: “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.”


The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau: “In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.

Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.  Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.”





One for the Money: Guide to Family Finance by Elder Marvin J. Ashton: “In this pamphlet, Elder Marvin J. Ashton outlines several steps for sound financial management, including how to save and budget money.”




4 Star Ratings

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey: “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else. Build up your money muscles with America's favorite finance coach. Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition. By now, you've heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes, the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. Hey, if you're tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, take a look at this - it's the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies. With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you'll be able to: Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt - meaning cars, houses, everything - Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you) - Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement! Includes new, expanded 'Dave Rants' sidebars tackle marriage conflict, college debt, and more. All-new forms and back-of-the-book resources to make Total Money Makeover a reality.”


The Purpose Principles: How to Draw More Meaning into Your Life by Jake Ducey: “A new, inspirational book from the world’s first millennial motivational speaker—TEDx star and motivational coach Jake Ducey!
The Purpose Principles draws on the stories of success, failure, and the common threads among some of today’s most successful and influential people, inspiring you to see yourself in the same light as the world’s biggest difference-makers. Jake Ducey offers a humorous, action-oriented approach for getting more meaning out of life, teaching you how to live with more excitement, productivity, clarity, and confidence. This can help you tackle daily challenges, inspire others, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your goals more efficiently, and reach them even faster!”


Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving by Lorilee Craker: “When writer Lorilee Craker learned that the Amish are not just surviving but thriving in the economic downturn, she decided to find out why.  What she found was about a dozen tried and true financial habits the Amish have employed for generations that will make your cash last longer and help you build wealth. Craker provides tips to...
* use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without
* rethink your gift giving
* repurpose, recycle, and reuse
* eat like royalty for a peasant's pittance