“Anyone who says they don’t have money issues is lying.” With that blatantly in-your-face opening line of her new book Money: A Love Story, debut author Kate Northrup tips her readers straight into a journey of finding and then fixing their own financial stumbling points.
Although Money: A Love Story covers the emotional as well as the intellectual side of money management, this isn’t a book devoted to soothing words or gentle handholding. Northrup warns right up front that you’ll likely feel uncomfortable at some point while reading, but she also assures you that this discomfort is a signpost for issues you need to be more honest about or areas where you can grow. In addition, Money: A Love Story offers up one of the most comprehensive and thought-provoking collection of exercises I’ve ever seen in a financial book, and I can’t wait to devote more time to working through them all.
From the foreword written by best-selling author Dr. Christiane Northrup (who also happens to be the author’s mother and former business partner) to the list of recommended resources at the end, this is a book filled with wisdom, humor, and, no surprise, plenty of good old-fashioned financial advice.
I loved the way Money: A Love Story integrates a financial memoir of sorts into its detailed strategy for strengthening one’s financial foundation. Northrup is both funny and self-deprecating as she shares her own journey from being $20,000 in debt to achieving financial freedom. She never lets the introspection get in the way of what she’s trying to teach, though, including both emotional and more intellectual approaches to money. That emotional part means Northrup also writes about values and attitudes and other themes that go past a simple balance sheet and more into the heart.
As a complement to her book, Northrup has created an active online community (www.moneyalovestory.com) where interested readers can connect with others on the same financial journey.
Read this book if you’ve been feeling like it’s time to take a closer look at your own monetary attitudes. Who knows, a little self-led relationship counseling between your mind and your money may be all you need to finally put a ring on it (you know, if you could actually marry your financial side) and step into your fiduciary happily ever after.