When I received the book “Enjoy Your Money” by J. Steve Miller, I didn’t read it right away. At that point, I was already reading another book.
The cover was so compelling though that I had to start reading the first few pages. Boy, I was surprised! It definitely started in a way that I hadn’t imagined… needless to say, I was hooked.
In some ways, the book reminds me of a movie I saw when I was really young called “The Breakfast Club“, except with finances as the central topic, and a teacher was the leader of the club.
Unlike typical books, this book doesn’t really have chapters, instead it used breakfast meeting numbers. Yes, the Breakfast numbers are the same as chapters, but it takes out that rigid format of a typical book and this makes it feels like you are reading notes that were left in a cafe by someone that was careless. It’s pretty cool.
Like the breakfast club, all of the members meet in detention. The were all complaining about money, and the aggressive one “Akashi” blurted out to the coach about the problems that they were having and if he could help them since he was a teacher. The coach that was monitoring the detention session, told the kids to see Mrs. Kramer (not related to Jim Cramer… the different spelling give that away!).
Mrs. Kramer (a widowed teacher at their school), established a weekly breakfast meeting with the 4 members (Akashi, Antonio, Amy & James). At these meetings, she goes on to teach them something new each session. She also discusses some of the problems that she encountered along the way.
The dialogue is conversational, so you’ll hear James and the rest of the conversation in words that each member would speak them! This was a fun exciting book to read, nothing dry in this book. Plus each chapter had references to additional books that are also excellent to read. I was very impressed with Mr. Miller’s selection.
So did I like the book?
Yes! It was a quick and easy read, that I’m sure any high/college age student would enjoy. Nobody like to be buried reading company annual reports when they are at that age! This book was reading a story that just happen to have finances interwoven in! Many of the things that run as a central theme here at money reasons is within his book! He advocates a balance when it comes to finances too!
Mr. Miller sent me 2 books (both autographed), but I’m only going to give away 1 book. I’m keeping the other book for my kids to read (yeah, I think it’s that good).
To be entered into the contest, please leave a comment, and you will be automatically entered! Even if you don’t want the book for yourself, it’s still makes a great gift for a younger person.
Next week, I’ll announce the winner!