Strong, simple, sassy female writers this summer!
Distinctly You, by Cheryl Martin~ I had never heard of this author among the Christian living books before but the subtitle, “Trading Comparison and Competition for Freedom and Fulfillment” spoke to me. I am not half finished with it yet but I am finding the simple prose and reflection super helpful. It has already begun turning over some rocks in my life for God to work more healing. I appreciate that Cheryl Martin is so honest with her life and never paints a picture of a spiritual person who has it all together. You can check more of her quiet, precise voice in the following videos:
The Money Plan for the Young, Fabulous and Broke, by Suze Orman~ I’m one who finds Dave Ramsey a bit too intimidating for me. This was a freebie book that I picked up as a breakfast read. What had I to lose? An older book (pub. 2004), it’s advice is still classic. The book is written for an audience in their 20’s, but she includes readers who are a little older and late-but-better-than-never to the party (like me). Suze has a fun, simple style that doesn’t turn condescending and that is refreshing! I found her explanations of things like Roth IRA’s easier to understand than a Dummy’s Guide to Investing I had tried to read earlier. One of my pet peeves about financial advisors is boiling their message down to: “Just don’t eat out so much!”– as though all people who are broke are so because they visit McDonald’s every week. It’s annoying and assumptive. But Orman doesn’t get that way. This book is a keeper and I would like to check out more of her stuff. So if you think you’ve tried financial guidebooks before and gave up, maybe you should give one of her books a try.