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One of my seven goals for 2017 is growing intellectually. I set a goal to finish seven books during 2017, roughly one every two months. I will write a post dedicated to my thoughts on each book to see if you should read or not! Today I get the pleasure of telling you about the second book I’ve read this year called “It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees!” by Cara MacMillan.
Sitting down one evening recently, I settled into one of my 30 minute reading sessions for the week. I had just finished my first book, but was excited about getting started on my second book right away. This new book that I had just received was called “It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees!” As I began reading, I quickly became sucked into the story and how the lessons flowed.
How I Got The Book
I was recently contacted by Cara’s publisher and was asked to provide an honest review of her book in exchange for a copy of the book. I took her up on that offer since the book sounded very enticing and different from other personal finance books that I’ve read in the past.
My Thoughts About It Is Only Money and It Grows On Trees!
The book goes over lessons from different students in a fictitious classroom from different religious backgrounds. I found that each religion tied to a different way of thinking about money and how they approached life around money. More than how each religion handles the money, the book also goes over what money really is and how much it actually means to us.
As I read through the book, I found that I wasn’t really learning all that much new stuff like what to do, but rather soaking in rich culture information from many different viewpoints along the way. The way the content was delivered was natural and entertaining, which made the read even easier as I went along. It also showed how strongly our upbringing and our experience with money is strongly tied together. I could easily see how being raised differently could have taught me different money lessons as well.Click To Tweet
I found “It Is Only Money and It Grows On Trees!” to be a very quick read and ended up finishing the whole book in about two and a half hours all in one sitting, which is very rare for me to do. I just couldn’t bring myself to put the book down as I wanted to read about the next student each chapter and how they would bring something different to the table.
Although this was a very quick read being around 95 pages, it packs quite a few lessons. I loved how the students each brought their perspectives to the table in an enlightening way that didn’t seem to fact dump on me and just let it happen as the students brainstormed.
This book broadened my horizons while teaching about how money can be more than just a resource to some religions and become more of a spiritual activity in our lives. Cara does a great job of opening up the reader’s minds to thinking outside the box as well. She goes into ways to try to start a business, ways to invest and others instead of the traditional “get a job to earn a paycheck” mentality.
About Cara MacMillan
Cara MacMillan is a thought leader in sustainability and financial management. She has the privilege of teaching and learning with courageous individuals who’re committed to making a difference for themselves, their world, and future generations. As a thought leader, Cara regularly publishes in the areas of personal finance and investments.
As an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada, her vision is to empower people to think and act for themselves financially. She also serves as a Climate Reality Leader in The Climate Reality Leadership Corps. This group is a global network of activists committed to taking on the climate crisis by providing training in climate science, communications, and organizing to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action. The result is a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate in forums from family dinners to international summits and building a 21st-century movement for solutions.
Cara lives in Ottawa with her life partner and best friend, David, and their two children. She is currently working on her next book, Make Big Money and Make a Big Difference, for readers who want to learn how to invest in responsible companies and opportunities. It is due out later this year.
My Overall Recommendation for It Is Only Money and It Grows On Trees!
I highly recommend this quick read to learn basics about other religions and how they relate to money. It’s a great resource to help you bridge the gap with others. You will learn something new about others while creating common ground in a financial sense with others of different belief systems.
If you are looking for a different type of financial book that teaches some great principles while giving you and entertaining story, It Is Only Money and It Grows On Trees by Cara MacMillan is a great book to check out.
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