The Wealth Cure

The Wealth Cure

By: Hill Harper

When you first see the image of who Hill Harper is (He’s an actor on CSI:N.Y.), you assume that this is just another book by a celebrity to boost his status and pad his wallet.  What you get when you read this book, however, is another thing entirely.  Not only is this not a book that Harper had someone write for him and then published using his name, it’s a thought provoking book that happens to be about wealth.  If you’ve read many books on money and wealth, you know that a majority of them are dry, boring books to read.  Harper manages to take what is a very important message about the role that wealth plays in our lives and melds it into a very engrossing story about life, success, and the real worth of wealth in our lives.

He starts the story with a short few paragraphs setting up the story for the rest of the book.  Recently diagnosed with cancer, he decided to take a train from Los Angeles to Chicago.  The rest of the story is about the revelations he came to while riding the train.  It’s a wonderful book that really cuts to the core of what wealth really is, and how, so often, we pervert it into something entirely different.

This is a book about life, and how the way we treat our wealth, build our wealth, and live our lives really can make a difference, not only in our life, but in the life of others.  I would highly recommend reading it, especially if you find yourself struggling with the role that money plays in your life.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for free as a review copy.

Charity Book Auction #2: Popes and Bankers

We’re gonna mix it up a little bit this week.  Rather than try and explain why it’s only 75% of the proceeds, I’m going to just cover the cost of shipping myself.  This week, 100% of the sale goes to the American Cancer Society.  Support their research and work towards finding a cure for Cancer.

This weeks book is Popes and Bankers.  It’s a great look at the history of lending and credit and how it’s shaped our economy and eventually, what made and led to the most recent bubble.

Here’s the Link to Charity Book Auction #2!

Auction is over.

Thanks for participating!

Good PF Books for Wedding Gifts?

My brother is currently scheduled to get himself married in the middle part of next month.  As a result, I’ve spent an ungodly amount of money on plane tickets, hotel and rental cars for the event.  Added to that will be food for a few days for all three of us (Me, My Wife and Our Son), a Tux rental, and who knows what other stuff.  My brother lives in Anaheim (thank goodness it isn’t a New York wedding!), and apparently, there is a mutant giant mouse that runs rampant around those parts and must be seen by anyone under the age of about 100.

In any case, despite the rampant fiscal spending of the trip, I thought I might pass along a few of the personal finance books that I’ve found useful in our married life.  That is a pretty short list, but a distinguished one.  Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, Is top of the list. I might throw inThe Millionaire Next Door as well. But those are about the limit of the books that both my wife and I found to be useful. I’ve read a few others that were somewhat informative to me, but I’m trying to find books that are specific to couples.

A quick search of Amazon finds a few others like one by David Bach called Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner, and Larry Burkett’s Complete Financial Guide for Young Couples: A Lifetime Approach to Spending, Saving and Investing. I’ve never read either, so don’t know if they are worth the time or not.  That’s where you all come in.

Do you and your partner have a book that was important to your finances?  Something that made the transition to couples money management a little bit easier?  Let us all know in the comments.  I’ll try and get a list together and share it all with everyone a little later this month.