Book Review

Book Review: Home Maintenance Books

A few months ago I checked out gardening books to settle on those that are best for my local area. Now it’s time to buy a home maintenance book to help solve those simple problems without having to call Dad, search the internet for a reliable solution, or call a handyman. I borrowed five potential books from the library. Here are my reviews for all of them. Home…
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Book Review: Basic Black

Cathie Black is a powerful woman in the publishing industry. During her career, she has been in sales at Ms. Magazine when it first launched, the publisher of USA Today (also soon after its launch), and is now the president of Hearst Magazines. She has launched businesses, closed businesses, hired and fired, and commanded entire companies. She did all of this by starting at the very bottom. Her…
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7 Books, 1 Movie, and 1 Blog to Help You Deal with the Economic Crisis

I created an initial list of important books in September, right after the start of the financial collapse. With the economy still moving in reverse, it’s time to update this list with a few more nuggets to help you understand how we got here, figure out how to deal with it, and be a part of the new way forward we can all create. (I’m an optimist. I have to…
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Summer Reading: Personal Finance Books and Blogs

In the last few days, I’ve seen several lists of personal finance books floating around the blogosphere. That got me to thinking: which four books and which four blogs would I most recommend to someone new to personal finance? If you haven’t already read them, I highly recommend you add them to your summer reading list or blog reader. Top Four Personal Finance Books You’ll notice that I…
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Book Review: Munny Journey – Keepsake Journal for Baby’s First Money

I don’t yet have a child, but I’ve been a child, so I think I’m qualified to review “Munny Journey: Keepsake Journal for Baby’s First Money” by financial advisor Brad Dugdale. Given last week’s announcement that it now costs $300,000 to raise a child from birth to 18, this book would make a great gift for young or financially naïve new parents. Munny Journey Sections The journal starts…
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Book Review: It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh

  Peter Walsh is the organization expert on TLC’s Clean Sweep and Oprah. Rather than writing another book that lists various organizational methods for different types of stuff, It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Rich Life gets into the psychology of stuff so you can part with it permanently, and then teaches you how to do it. Clutter Problem: The Psychology of Stuff If you’ve seen Peter Walsh on TV,…
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Book Review: The Total Money Makeover

Both Dave Ramsey’s book and workbook, The Total Money Makeover, detail his system for getting out of debt. When I saw that it’s published by Thomas Nelson, I was concerned it would be heavy on the scripture and light on the advice, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I’m ever the contrarian, though, so there were still some elements that turned me off. The Total Money Makeover Workbook First, let…
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Book Review: Simplify Your Life

I first read about Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James at Zen Habits. I instantly ordered a copy from the library (in keeping with the theme.) I expected a heavy tome, but it came it at a mere 238 pages. It’s also only about 5 x 5, so it really is a small, simple book. It does contain some big ideas, though. Good Ideas for Simplifying Your Life This book…
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Book Review: Your Money or Your Life

It seems like every blogger I read loves Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, so I decided to find out what it’s really about. After all the hype, I expected to come away with a complete plan to makeover my entire life. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me, but I think it could be excellent for people who need this…
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Mind Over Money Book Review

Recently I received a copy of Mind Over Money: Overcoming the Money Disorders That Threaten Our Financial Health by Drs. Brad and Ted Klontz. If you’re familiar with Suze Orman, then the basic tenet that we’re all influenced by money lessons, or money scripts, that we learn as children will be familiar. The doctors identity several common types of scripts and provide exercises for overcoming them. Part 1: The Big…
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