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Bookin’ It: The Total Money Makeover
Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 9, 2010 @ 5:53 pm In Book Review,Booking It,Budget Living,Learning | 26 Comments
Read any good books lately?
I hope so. We’re on a mission to read more in 2010 . If you haven’t thought up some good books to read , now’s a great time to make some reading goals  for the year. It’s never too late to start bookin’ it.
This past month has been a busy one for me with travelling, house guests, and a generally busy family life. I read only one complete book over the last five weeks, but it was a good one: The Total Money Makeover  by Dave Ramsey.
I first read and reviewed this book several years ago when our family was in debt and wanting to get out. Today we are debt-free, thanks to God and our following the principles outlined in this book. It was wonderful to reread the book that got us started on the road to changing our money habits for the better . What a trip down memory lane!
As I mentioned in my first review of The Total Money Makeover , author Dave Ramsey  outlines the steps to take toward establishing financial independence and building wealth. This is not a “get rich quick” book as Dave points out in the first chaper. Rather, it’s a call to sacrifice and a challenge to rethink money and how it works — or doesn’t work — in your life.
You’ve heard me before wax eloquent about these financial principles which helped us pay off $18,000 in consumer debt. Today, I’m going to address how this book has challenged me in thinking about where we are right now. When I read TTMM  two and a half years ago, I was close to despair. Quite honestly, getting out of debt was all I could hope for. I wasn’t concerned with “building wealth.” That’s like going mountain climbing when you’re stuck deep in a valley of quick sand. The stories in this book as well as Dave’s no-nonsense approach to money gave me hope. And today that I’m on level ground, it’s given me hope for the future, hope for more financial security, hope for enjoying a few luxuries, and hope for giving.
With this view of the landscape, here are just a few nuggets I took from this book , based on where we are today:
It was wonderful to reread this book now that we’ve completed Baby Step 3. We’ve got a large, fully-funded emergency fun, a car fund and the beginnings of a house fund. Reading past this step was like getting a burst of energy in the middle of a foot race.
What did you read this month? What’s your plan for further reading? Share either or both in the comments or link up your book reviews and plans below.
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 on a mission to read more in 2010: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/im-booking-it-in-2010-are-you-share-your-plan.html
 good books to read: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/bookin-it-how-to-find-a-good-read.html
 make some reading goals: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/ready-to-book-it-in-2010.html
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 reviewed this book : http://lifeasmom.com/2008/06/book-it-total-money-makeover.html
 got us started on the road to changing our money habits for the better: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/08/frugal-friday-where-do-you-start-when.html
 Dave Ramsey: http://daveramsey.com
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