The 5 Money Personalities By Scott Palmer and Bethany Palmer

The 5 Money Personalities

Speaking the Same Love and Money Language

The 5 Money Personalities

From the back cover:

Every couple argues about money. It doesn’t matter if you’re raking in the cash or barely getting by, if you’ve been married for forty years or dating for four months. Money touches every decision you make as a couple- from the $5 cup of coffee to the $50,000 car. And when the tow of you don’t see eye-to-eye on how much to spend or how much to save, that’s when arguments turn into ugly, toxic fights that leave both of you feeling hurt and angry. That’s why money has become the number one cause of divorce in the United States. Obviously, something needs to change.

Are you both ready to take our Money Personality Profile? Once you know your Money Personalities, you can get to the root of money arguments and start working together. You’ll discover what has an impact on your loved one’s money decisions. You’ll learn how to talk about money in a way that’s actually kind of fun. And you’ll figure out how to put an end to money secrets and lies once and for all.

That’s a big promise. But tens of thousands have adopted The Money Couple’s methods and enjoyed a while new way of living with love and money. You can be on the way to building something beautiful together today.

My Review:

This book was actually pretty interesting… and it’s one of the books that didn’t bore me at all! After finishing the book I handed it over to my sister so she could use it and learn from it as well… the book however is not that complete, as you’d need to go to the author’s website to take the test, which requires you to subscribe by putting your name, email and even zip code (I am in Canada, so I had to use my random zip code).  I wish the tests were available in the book, like other personality books do… so those who have no access to the internet would be able to find out their personal money profile.

Anyway, this book delivers what it promises… in the beginning/introduction, it says that this book is not about the practical side of money, but rather the emotional aspect in money relationship.  It is still practical in the sense that it provides actionable steps at every chapter.  And they’re easy to follow… My husband and I did the “money dump” and “money hurdle” and it lifted off the tension that used to always be there between us whenever we talk about money… but for the first time in 2 years, talking about money and our dreams became more fun!  I’m really happy about reading this book and I would definitely recommend this!

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss

 

Book Description:

The Little Red Book of Wisdom offers time-tested principles for professional and personal fulfillment.

Mark DeMoss gathers insights for living wisely from history, Scripture, and a lifetime of listening. The result is a handy, accessible book that gives readers a new way to enjoy lasting success in the work world and beyond. Topics include finding and keeping your focus in life, building a winning corporate culture, and setting aside time for good thinking.

 

Summary:

The Little Red Book of Wisdom is a collection of true events that happened to the author who’s in PR professionally… in each chapter, he starts with an interesting summary title for the point he wants to make, a wisdom quotation, followed by his personal opinion, story and Bible verse, and finally ends with an advice.

 

My Reactions:

This book is not as “practical” as I thought it would be but rather a collection of quotes and stories.  I mean it’s not like you would read it and get a straight-to-the-point answer to your problem… but it gives you a story first, then relates it to the point… so this could be a good book to read before bedtime, like one chapter at a time.

I thought this book would be more about business principles, because a summary about it mentions how to build a “winning corporate culture” and it’s listed under “Business and Culture”, but instead there’s a mixture of professional and personal wisdom with spiritual emphasis.  I also thought it was going to contain shorter, practical, tidbits of wisdom that you can take away within a few seconds and apply right away, but instead it includes mostly personal stories from the author’s own life, that got me bored at first… but when I got my thinking cap on, I appreciated the descriptive stories.

I’m not really into spending my time reading autobiographies or anecdotes, so I haven’t really finished the book yet, but I had to make a review on this before I forget… anyway, I did like the fact that there’s quotation from successful people in each chapter, as I love collecting quotes myself.

Overall, the book is for you if you like to learn from reading stories.

 

 

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill

All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Mark Merrill

 

Book Description:

The game-winning playbook for every father…

 

Dads, do you want to be a hero to your kids? A go-to coach for your teens? A husband your wife knows she can count on? All Pro Dad lays out a game plan built on seven essential fathering truths and ultra-practical insights for the questions every dad needs answered at some point. Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations.

 

With gut-level “huddle” questions to ask your children, and firsthand stories from well-recognized dads (CBS broadcaster James “JB” Brown, Chick-Fil-A founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy, Grammy Award–winning recording artist Michael W. Smith, FedEx Express COO and president, international, Michael Ducker, and more), All Pro Dad will stir you, equip you, and inspire you toward the goal of being a champion father and a hero to your kids.

 

Summary:

In his book, Mark Merrill describes the 2 most important fundamentals of fatherhood (Love and Leadership) and the “7 Essential Ms” (Makeup, Mind-set, Motive, Method, Model, Message, and Master) that will enable every father to expand his capacity to love, which in turn will expand his capacity to lead his children… Mark first establishes the importance of love, and says “Your leadership of your family will grow in direct proportion to the love that you show your family.”

 

My Reactions:

Even though I’m not a father (or a mother just yet), but a daughter and a wife, I had fun reading this book! Every chapter starts with an inspirational message/quote from great leaders, and ends with a series of questions to ponder and ask that can help in understanding your child and improving your leadership skills. Engaging and entertaining, this book provides thought-provoking insights, real-world stories and critical questions that help one to work toward becoming an “All Pro Dad”. The strategies and information laid out on this book are really helpful and simple to implement.  After reading this book, I feel more equipped and ready for the time to be a mother, and can’t wait to share this book with my husband.  I’m sure this will come in handy when we have our own kids.

 

I rated this only 4/5 because the exercises at the end of the book may not be quite useful when you have babies and very young toddlers who are not yet able to think and talk…

 

Disclaimer: I received this DVD-book kit for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Why Men Hate Going to Church By David Murrow

Book Description:

It’s Sunday morning… where are all the men? Golfing? Watching TV? Playing softball? Mowing the lawn? Sleeping? One place you won’t find them is in church. Only less than 40% of adults in most churches are men, and 20-25% of married churchgoing women attend without their husbands. And why are the men who do go to church so bored? Why won’t they let God change their hearts?

 

Summary:

In this revolutionary book, David Murrow provides comprehensive, eye-opening research and an influential awareness on the facts to explain the problem why men, more than women, dislike going to church and getting involved in religious activities, more specifically with churchy stuff, not theologies.  It provides different perspectives on various statistics, and explains with engaging stories and information on why men are not as involved in the church as they are supposed to be.  This book is not about how to call men back to the church, but it teaches the church (women, men, pastors, musicians, authors, businessmen alike) on how to reach more men.

 

My Reactions:

I enjoyed reading the book, as it is entertaining and it presents stories that anyone can undoubtedly relate to…

I agree to Murrow’s goal of encouraging the church to be more appealing to men and with his discussions why churches need men’s energy and drive.

Murrow also wants to help Christianity and believes that “The religion that wins men, wins” – that is why it’s vital to Christian Churches to be able to capture the hearts of men.

One of the “aha” moments I got was when David describes the evolution of music… that the Old-fashioned Hymns (traditional songs) are songs “about God” while Praise and Worship (modern songs) are mostly sung “to God”.  He provides a funny yet practical example of why today’s music has ignored a deep need in men.  Another “aha” moment is the importance of developing a Kingdom-of-God Mentality over a Family-of-God Mentality so men would feel more valuable in the church.

What I don’t like about this book though is some of its formatting… if you like to scan first and read later like me, you may not understand the whole concept and you’d think that there are conflicting views… I don’t like how some of the sub-sections are titled, or how David would present some of his arguments, as I didn’t understand the point until I would read through a few paragraphs earlier or further ahead… But the parts/chapters of the book are divided well into small sections that are easy to read.  Besides, the author provides a helpful reading guide so you can make most of the book.

 

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Heaven Is For Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit By Todd Burpo – Personal Review

I have heard so much about the book “Heaven is For Real” but never got the chance to actually read it yet, so when I found out about this on DVD, I was ecstatic to watch it! I learn visually and am more drawn to watching than reading texts.

However, the 5-session DVD was dry and dragging… and I got zoned out a little bit while watching. It would have been better if there was re-enactment… not just plain interview… I guess this was a low-cost production.  But, it was nice to put a face on a name and to hear innocent comments from a kid.

The 5 Sessions are entitled as follows:

  • Why Should We Care About Heaven?
  • What Is Heaven Like?
  • When Does a Person Go to Heaven?
  • Where Is Heaven?
  • Who Goes to Heaven?

Each session in the Companion Conversation Guide does provide engaging questions and devotional readings along relevant Scripture to study.  It also provides a space for personal journal at the end of each session; however, I feel the questions are too many and mostly basic…

Still, this kit is great way to know more about the Burpo family and Colton’s trip to heaven.

 

Disclaimer: I received this DVD-book kit for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious – Book Review

Same Life, New Story Book Cover Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious is a ten-week Bible study for women aimed to “change your perspective to change your life.” Does it live up to this big promise?

Book Description:

Move from what is to what can be by changing how you think and talk to yourself.

Using powerful character studies of ten women from Scripture, as well as modern-day stories from her work as a professional life coach, Bible teacher Jan Silvious helps women choose new stories instead of dumping, or wallowing in, their old lives.

Naomi, Leah, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Anna, Jehosheba, Abigail, Naaman’s servant girl, and Elizabeth round out the cast of characters who, with their own stories, help readers find new perspectives with amazing results. Chapters include:

  •  Realize it’s time
  • Don’t be held hostage by the past
  • Ask yourself good questions
  • Change your “I can’t” to “I can”
  • Delete the drama of the day
  • Forget the “What might have beens”
  • Discover the power of wisdom and courage
  • Get past the resistance of fear
  • Choose to bounce back
  • The last chapter has not been written yet

My Thoughts:

This is my first book review for Booksneeze.com, where I got a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of my honest opinion, so please bear with me as I share my innocent thoughts with you.

While reading through the book, I find myself reflecting and realizing that my story is not much different than others. The “Personal Reflection” questions at the end of each chapter make me dig deeper into my faith.

Jan Silvious also prompts the reader to keep a journal, which is a good way to keep track and follow through my spiritual journey. I like that Silvious shows you what to add to a personal journal along with this book/Bible study.

I’ve learned more about key biblical women than I knew before, as well as discovered myself in the process. This book is an awesome read to learn about a great life story that God wants to write for your life. If you want to change your perspectives in your life, and eventually change your life to the better, then check out this book, which is a great Bible study.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

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