09 Mar Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup
Hey there fellow self-help junkies: I just posted a new Vine review for Money: A Love Story over at Amazon. It’s a great financial how-to with a spiritual twist. Check it out!
When I selected Money: A Love Story, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I just knew I could use any advice on getting my finances together. After I began reading, I discovered it was published by Hay House (I’m a big Wayne Dyer fan) and the author is the daughter of Christine Northrup, a doctor who found Oprah fame with her own book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. These two little fun facts are a clue to the overall theme of the book.
Northrup bases her financial advice on her own struggles and triumphs with financial freedom. She details how she moved out from under her mother’s wing and took a dive into independence. Honestly, I found it kind of difficult to relate to the author in this aspect because even at her lowest, she was probably still more financially stable than many of the people who will pick up the book. However, she has overdrawn her bank account and she has had to ask for loans from friends and family to spot her until payday, so I will definitely give her that.
And the actual steps she gives to financial freedom are the same basic steps you’ll find in most finance books: face your own reality, make a list of your debts and assets, start keeping a daily check on your balances and stop spending more than you make. While that seems like common sense, sometimes we just have to read it coming from an expert to give us the motivation we need to make change.
The part that sets Money: A Love Story aside from other finance books is that through each step, Northrup encourages the reader to journal and provides prompts for inner reflection. It is this aspect of the book that will take the reader to the next level. Northrup’s journal prompts give the reader a level of insight into their own subconscious and predefined beliefs about money that can shed light on the reason behind their careless actions when it comes to saving and spending. This is an important step to overcoming financial issues because just knowing the correct actions to make something better isn’t always enough. Knowing the belief system causing the reckless behavior can help provide the reader the edge required to finally start making progress. I know some of the epiphanies I came to while reading this book will definitely assist me in getting a handle on my finances.
The author also provides an added bonus for those who would rather type than write. She provides a downloadable workbook that provides each journal prompt in PDF form.
Being that Money: A Love Story is a Hay House book, the spiritual and psychological nature of the advice now makes sense. Incorporating spirituality is something I’ve never considered when trying to learn about money, but as the author insists, ailment in any area of life–whether financial, health, or otherwise–is usually directly related to unconscious psychological and spiritual strife. Bringing this to the surface will give you the insight required to make lasting change.
Overall I found this to be a fast-paced, enjoyable read. I took plenty of time to journal, as well, which gave me the full benefit of the author’s advice. I also came away with a nice list of other reading selections provided by the author. She admits to being a self-help junkie, to which I can relate, so I’m anxious to check out her suggestions. I also plan on checking our her mother’s book and any other books Kate Northrup might write.
Money: A Love Story
by Kate Northrup
2013, Hay House