Smart Mom Rich Mom

Product DetailsSmart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family
by Kimberly Palmer
Retail Price:  $14.95
Amazon Price:  $6.94

Book Description:   Of all life’s financial shocks, few compare to bringing home an infant. Just one tiny person costs $250,000 to raise– not including college! How will you pay for it? That agonizing question fuels mothers’ choices about their careers, budgets, and families. Some lean in, some scale back or seek new opportunities–there are no easy answers . . . but lots of rewarding possibilities. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” explores how women today are navigating the financially challenging career/parenting years. Written by a national money columnist and mom of two, the book chronicles people who have stayed in the game–full-time, freelance, self-employed, and more–and emerged more prosperous and empowered. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” mines their experiences to uncover both career advice and spending and savings strategies that everyone can use. Stories, checklists, action steps, planning tools, and more explain how to:

– Prepare financially for parenthood–whether you’re expecting your first child or your third

– Balance thrift with generating income and investing wisely

– Find flexibility at work while safeguarding your earning potential

– Save for both college and retirement despite increased expenses

– Plan for unexpected events, like a layoff or illness

– And much more

Kids change our lives, adding joy but draining bank accounts. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” helps you adopt healthy habits–and make hard decisions–that pay off in abundance.


This is a fantastic book for mom’s who not only want to stay in the game, but make the best financial decisions for their family.  While I am an “empty nester”, I lead a group of entrepreneurial women in a monthly class. Most of them are young mom’s trying their best to take care of their kids and still contribute financially to their household.  I purchased this book for them to read and was very pleased with it.  I wish I had this advice when I was a young mom. It’s direct, applicable and gives practical advice for mothers on how to be smart about money. Thrift is the best use of all your resources — including money AND time — so mommy savings tips need to expand from coupon-clipping and into longer-term investments.  Moms can feel overwhelmed thinking about and planning for the future, but the author makes it “doable” by sharing her own experience, while also drawing on others’ stories.  The best part is that you can walk away from this book with clear ideas about how to take better ownership of your family’s finances. This is  must-read for women, mom’s and mom’s-to-be and even an old timer like me found so much to learn!

~Reviewed by Allie B.

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    Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

    Product DetailsRaising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
    By Kristen Welch
    Tyndale House
    Retail Price:  $15.99
    Amazon Price: $14.39

    Book Description:  “But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children?don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in?

    Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet?it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

    It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say?but mean!?“thank you” for everything they have.


    Over the past decade, science has shown that gratitude is one of the most valuable and important emotions we possess, and it is a virtue that anyone can cultivate. In fact, researchers have developed many different methods people can use to foster an attitude of gratitude, and the science shows that many of them really work.  This is the book that parents have been waiting for!  It is chock-full of engaging examples and stories and clear, easy-to-follow recommendations for how to instill gratitude in your children…starting today!  Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World is a thoughtful, engaging, informative book that will change your family.

    ~Reviewed by Beth L.

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      Retire Inspired

      Product DetailsRetire Inspired
      By Chris Hogan
      Ramsey Press
      Retail Price: $24.99
      Amazon Price: $18.69

      Book Description:  When you hear the word retirement, you probably don’t imagine yourself scrambling to pay your bills in your golden years. But for too many Americans, that’s the fate that awaits unless they take steps now to plan for the future.

      Whether you’re twenty-five and starting your first job or fifty-five and watching the career clock start to wind down, today is the day to get serious about your retirement.

      In Retire Inspired, Chris Hogan teaches that retirement isn’t an age; it’s a financial number—an amount you need to live the life in retirement that you’ve always dreamed of. With clear investing concepts and strategies, Chris will educate and empower you to make your own investing decisions, set reasonable expectations for your spouse and family, and build a dream team of experts to get you there.

      You don’t have to retire broke, stressed, and working long after you want to. You can retire inspired!


      I was a little hesitant to read this book on planning for retirement because usually these types of books are written by financial guys who have made a lot of money and will have no worries in retirement.  In this case the author does not come across this way, but writes in a helpful, down to earth way, giving advice and tips on how to get where we want to be so we can retire comfortably.  He encourages us to set our own goals and take steps necessary to make these goals our reality.  As you do this, the author is confident that you will be able to retire in a way that will help you maintain your current lifestyle.  The younger you are, the better this book is for you because you will have more time to stash enough money aside. But I’d recommend to anyone who is nearing retirement age as well.

      ~Reviewed by Rich W.


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        Total Money Makeover

        Product DetailsTotal Money Makeover
        By Dave Ramsey
        Thomas Nelson
        Retail Price:  $24.99
        Amazon Price: $15.31

        Book Description:

        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!


        I love all things Dave Ramsey does because he always does them so well!  In this book you will find good, sound financial advice that will help you get your finances in good shape. It’s the same good, sound financial advice that financial advisers have been repeating for decades. To his credit, at the end of this book Ramsey discloses that what he teaches are time-tested financial principles and nothing that he has made up himself (which is comforting to know, actually, and also I gained a lot respect for him because of that statement). He just packages it in an appealing way that makes it easy to read and apply these principals.

        ~Reviewed by David M.


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          Rescuing Julia Twice

          Rescuing Julia Twice
          By  Tina Traster and Melissa Fay Greene
          Chicago Review Press
          Retail Price $24.95
          Amazon Price: $18.09

          Book Description: 

          In moving and refreshingly candid prose, Rescuing Julia Twice tells Traster’s foreign-adoption story, from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her grow­ing realization over months then years that something was “not quite right” with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emo­tionally detached. Why wouldn’t she look her parents in the eye or accept their embraces? Why didn’t she cry when she got hurt? Why didn’t she make friends at school? Traster de­scribes how uncertainty turned to despair as she blamed herself and her mothering skills for her daughter’s troublesome behavioral is­sues, until she came to understand that Julia suffered from reactive attachment disorder, a serious condition associated with infants and young children who have been neglect­ed, abused, or orphaned in infancy.

          Hoping to help lift the veil of secrecy and shame that too often surrounds parents struggling with attachment issues, Traster describes how with work, commitment, and acceptance, she and her husband have been able to close the gulf between them and their daughter to form a loving bond, and concludes by providing practical advice, strategies, and resources for parents and caregivers.


           This was a well-written, honest book where an adoptive parent shares her ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pain and hope.  This is not a clinical work, a but real, loving and in the end affirming look at the power of commitment and love.  For anyone dealing with RAD, this book will give you insight into the world of parents who adopted from overseas and was faced with an unknown.  You will find encouragement and hope.

          ~Reviewed by David H.

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            The Hope of Heaven: God’s Eight Messages of Assurance to a Grieving Father

            Product DetailsThe Hope of Heaven: God’s Eight Messages of Assurance to a Grieving Father
            By Alan M Hallene Jr. and Erin Keeley Marshall
            Thomas Nelson
            Retail Price: $19.99
            Amazon Price: $15.47
            Book Description:

            Sometimes, when the worst becomes reality, God turns theoretical musing into heavenly experience.

            Al Hallene discovered his college-student son’s body after Alex hanged himself. While Al waited for the authorities to arrive, he had ten minutes alone with his son. During that wrenching time, God gave Al eight visions of heaven, where the father and son would someday reunite. As Al recounts those heartening and healing moments, readers are reminded of the affirming hope that Christians share even while asking the real questions tragedy raises: Will we see our lost loved ones again?  Does God care about our pain? What does this mean for us now?

            The Hope of Heaven is a very different kind of heaven book: rather than an argument for the existence of heaven or an account of an out-of-body experience, Alan Hallene gives readers a glimpse of life beyond the tragedies we endure.


            This book was hard to read because of the subject matter, but it was very necessary for those who have lost a loved one, especially if the circumstances behind the death were not traditional.  The author writes from his own experiences and you will find yourself right there with him as he sorts out the details, the meanings and tries to make sense of the death of his son.  Heart wrenching but uplifting, this book is bittersweet and has many powerful messages.  I highly recommend it.

            ~Reviewed by John F.



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              Empty Nest: Marci Seither

              Empty Nest: Marci Seither
              By Marci Seither
              Nazarene Publishing
              Retail Price $14.99
              Amazon Price: $11.71

              Book Description: 

              ‘All of a sudden, the nest is empty. The birds have gone, and what had been a constant blur of activity is now nothing more than a few discarded feathers. Silence mutes all that was colorful and it is time to reestablish our significant place in an ever-changing world.’ Getting ready to launch your kids to the next stage of life? Like it or not, this transition is inevitable- a natural changing of seasons. With wit and insight, author Marci Seither will give you a spiritual perspective and the practical tips you need to thrive in the midst of change. Through the practical insights found in Empty Nest parents will learn how to help younger children cope as they miss their older siblings and discover how to help their children succeed as they transition to their next phase of life. Whether their child is leaving for college, the military, or returning to live at home, Empty Nest will help them approach this season of life with confidence.


              This book was extremely helpful and insightful as the author lays out simple strategies for making the transition from having a full house to one that is without children. The author lays out plan for this transition while your kids are years from flying the coop.  The best thing I gleaned from it was not to rush into anything new just because the children have all left the home. Take the time to figure out what you should be doing, think about what you’re good at and most of all pray through the whole process! Using advice from parents and launched children, Seither provides real world perspective.

              ~Reviewed by Missy K.


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                Her Next Chapter

                Her Next Chapter
                By Lori Day and Charlotte Kugler
                Chicago Review Press
                Retail Price $16.95
                Amazon Price: $12.23

                Book Description: 

                Mother-daughter book clubs are a great way to encourage reading, bonding, and socializing among mothers, daughters, and their friends. But these clubs can do more than that, suggests educational psychologist and parenting coach Lori Day. They can create a safe and empowering haven where girls can freely discuss and navigate issues surrounding girlhood. In Her Next Chapter, Day draws from experiences in her own club and her expertise as an educator to offer a timely and inspiring take on mother-daughter book clubs. She provides overviews of eight of the biggest challenges facing girls today, such as negative body image, bullying, gender stereotypes, media sexualization, unhealthy relationships, and more, while weaving in carefully chosen book, movie, and media recommendations; thoughtful discussion questions; and group activities and outings that extend and enrich conversations and make clubs fun. Her Next Chapter outlines how mothers can use the magic of books to build girls’ confidence and sense of possibility as leaders, allies, and agents of change. A list of further resources and reflections and observations from Day’s now-adult daughter, Charlotte, round out this indispensible resource for anyone who cares about, teaches, or works with girls.


                This is a great resource for mothers looking for a different and valuable way to connect with their daughters. Just leafing through the pages of this book will inspire you to consider how fun, meaningful, and engaging a mother-daughter book club can be.  It provides moms with all the information they need to start, maintain, and spice up their book clubs.

                ~Reviewed by Clarice K.


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                  Happy Habits for Every Couple

                  Happy Habits for Every Couple
                  By Kathi Lipp
                  Harvest House Publishing
                  Retail Price $12.99
                  Amazon Price: $9.68

                  Book Description: 

                  When was the last time you flirted with your husband? Was it before you had kids?Do you spend more time on the couch with your wife watching movies or with a bag of chips watching The Game?Does your idea of a hot date include a drive-thru and springing for the extra-large fries?What would your marriage look like if for 21 days you turned your attention to happy habits that will better your relationship? Plenty of books describe how to improve a marriage, how to save a marriage, even how to ramp up intimacy in a marriage. In Happy Habits for Every Couple, Kathi Lipp and husband Roger show you practical, fun-filled ways to put love and laughter back into your marriage.

                  Here are just a few of the results you’ll see when you put Happy Habits for Every Couple into practice:

                  • new levels of warmth and tenderness in your relationship
                  • a deeper sense of security with your spouse
                  • a marriage filled with fun and flirting

                  If you haven’t given up the dream of being head-over-heels with your spouse again, following this 21-day plan will give you just the boost you need to bring you closer together.



                  This is the best relationship books I’ve ever encountered. It helped me see how my marriage was getting into a really negative pattern.  Because it focuses so much on what you SHOULD be doing, instead of the negatives, it helps you to connect and bond as a couple.  By applying the principles in this book and making them habits, our relationship is more positive, fun, and even exciting.  I decided that I would use this to teach a marriage class at church so others can benefit as I did.   This book can literally save your relationship.

                  ~Reviewed by Chris M.

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                    ABA/AARP Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes

                    Book Description: 

                    Put your life in order with this valuable new resource from AARP and the American Bar Association. Checklist for My Family guides you through the process of gathering in one place your finances, legal documents, online accounts, wishes about medical care, and more. Plus it tells you what you need, why you need it, what’s missing, and where to get it.

                    While giving you peace of mind, this book is also a gift to your loved ones. It spares them stressful decisions and needless frustrations when you’re ill or upon your death. And it presents them with your legacy, by providing specific knowledge of family history and recollections about your life, interests, and accomplishments.

                    Whether you choose to gather this critical information in the book itself or through the forms available free online, you can easily customize and organize your information.

                    With this one-of-a-kind guide, you’ll stay in control of your life and feel satisfied in knowing that if anything happens to you, you—and your family—will be well prepared.


                    If you are looking to get your affairs (and documents that go along with this task!) in order than you will want to get a copy of this helpful book.  Paperwork and personal information isn’t always easy to find, and organizing your records can seem like an intimidating task. But, whether you need to organize records for yourself, your family or your executor, this book will help you with leaving instructions for survivors, secured places and passwords, final arrangements, estate planning documents, insurance policies, tax records, retirement accounts….and so much more!  This is really a complete system for structuring and organizing your records for yourself and your  loved ones.


                    ~Reviewed by Allie B.

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