Atria Paperbacks; Simon & Schuster
Inc.~Copy right 2003, Edition February 2018
I’m going to be honest, this book was completely out of my comfort zone. I decided to read it and review it because my first review on this blog, I mentioned the book I read did not include anyway to actually get out of debt. I felt like I owed it to my readers to pursue a solution.
Disclaimer: I hate money. I hate everything about it. I hate the way it defines people, the way it changes people, and the way it structures the society we live in. I dislike talking about it a whole lot. I was taught not to talk about money by my parents, that it was rude and indecent to talk about my money (or lack thereof) with people. So, I didn’t! I made a lot of money decisions on my own and voila! Debt happened.
I chose “The 5 Laws of Money” by Suze Orman because she is a well-respected financial advisor, she’s been around for years, and the book was on sale. The reading material was a little dry and there were Christian undertones littered throughout the book like confetti. Despite all of that, I learned a whole lot about how to handle my financial situation better than I had been handling it.
The 5 laws of money are straight forward in this book and she infuses the lessons with experience from different people she has met along the way. The 5 laws give you a perspective on money, more of a respect for the positive side of it all. The second half of the book is a guidebook where you can personalize the laws for your own situation and financial life. Money is not an abstract idea. It’s concrete, numbers on the page, pen to paper. I learned the less you pay attention to your finances, the more it gets away from you.
This book is a soft opening of sorts. It’s an easy read for someone who isn’t exactly number inclined and financially equipped. It gives you solid advice on how to handle your specific information and get down to the dollars and cents of it. It’s a good read if you just want an into how to handle this whole money thing.
Was it a self-help book? Yes, in the financial department. Was it my favorite book? No, not by any stretch of the imagination. Is it necessary to be educated on how to handle your money? Absolutely.
I am not going to recommend this book, not because the 5 Law of Money are a sham, but because the book is largely out of date and has nothing to do with most of my readers age groups. This IS a lesson though, in learning more about finances! I did not want to read a book like this but I’m glad I did! After all, I claim that I’m an adult and adults need to know how to handle their money.
What I DO recommend is buying a book about finances that you feel comfortable reading and learning as much as you can to improve your financial situation. This blog is about self-help. Not all self-help is mental, emotional, and physical. Your financial fitness matters.