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“People who have financial success have a healthy relationship with money — the kind of relationship that Karen McCall describes in this timely book....I urge you to give yourself the gift of reading this book and discovering the road map Karen presents.”
— from the foreword by John Bradshaw, bestselling author of Reclaiming Virtue

About the Author

Karen McCall founded the Financial Recovery Institute to bring her innovative, transformational approach to as many people as possible. She spreads her passion for her work by training counselors and money coaches to build their own successful practices. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she lives in Sonoma County, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1St Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577319281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577319283
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen McCall, founder of the Financial Recovery(sm) Institute, has revolutionized the financial counseling industry with her highly acclaimed Financial Recovery process -- a compassionate, comprehensive system that liberates people from the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that keep them stuck in a self-defeating relationship with money. This highly acclaimed system, which was developed by Karen after she struggled for years to heal her own crippling relationship with money, has saved thousands of people from the nightmare of financial ruin and given them the insight, understanding and tools they need to sustain financial stability for the rest of their lives.

Today Karen runs and owns the Financial Recovery Institute, which she founded in 1988. The Institute trains mental health care professionals and entrepreneurs in how to use the counseling processes and practical tools of Financial Recovery to help people transform their relationship with money and create life-long financial well-being. Successful graduates are certified Financial Recovery counselors. A nationally recognized speaker and financial expert, Karen is often quoted in publications such as Entrepreneur, Money Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance,, Bottom Line, Women's Day, Working Mother, and USA Weekend. In addition to her most recent book, Financial Recovery: Healing Your Life by Exploring Your Relationship with Money (New World Library), she is the author of It's Your Money: Achieving Financial Well-Being and is creator of several MoneyMinder® products. Karen lives in Petaluma, CA, where she spends her limited spare time gardening and spoiling her grandchildren.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JWG on May 4, 2011
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I had heard about this book before it was even available in print edition. Though I wasn't a big Kindle fan, I got the app for my Iphone specifically because I wanted to read this book. Am I glad I did. I have come across a lot of money books in my life but I don't think I have ever seen one like this. Not only did it speak directly to my own struggles with money but it did it in such a gentle non-shaming way.

There is a tone that this book has which lets you know she is speaking to you from her experience-- not some theory about how things ought to be-- but how things really are and what you can do to make them better.

Never once does she talk down to you. Instead, you know she has been there too and come out the other side. I have absolutely no trouble beliveing that this book's combination of wisdom and practical tools can finally help me heal the challanges in my relationship with money.

It doesn't feel like just another self help book--it actually feels more important than that. This book says something about money that we all, in these trying financial times, need to hear. OBTW- I loved reading the book on Kindle, I'm a convert to both Financial Recovery and Kindle!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marla Mac (.com) on April 26, 2011
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This is the book I was looking for! It's among my top money books of all time. Karen McCall is a true expert in her field. She sees money holistically, from an emotional as well as a practical point of view. There are many money authors that simply cover the practical side of money, giving tips and telling us that the answer is to skip the lattes, we'll be okay. There is so much more to moving forward with money... people's thoughts, beliefs, and relationship with themselves are manifested through their money habits. Because those thoughts are often negative, many people have deep money secrets. They feel shame, fear stress, guilt, and a slew of other negative emotions in conjunction with money, and are desperate to get off the hamster wheel.

Karen imparts her knowledge and her process in a caring way. Readers can identify with one of more of the examples in the book. She gives readers a chance to shine a light inward and discover the potential for a new way of being with money. Sound fluffy? I assure you, this book is anything but. It's a book of substance that encourages readers to be honest with their money history, so they can create a new relationship with money, and themselves.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Fasbinder on May 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book offers simple (but not simplistic) insights into how so many of us struggle with money issues. It addresses what is at the core of so many people's lifelong money troubles, regardless of their level of income. Money is just one of those things (like food issues, for example) where the solutions seem so easy for those who don't suffer with the challenges. Just eat less if you want to lose weight, right? But this author understands that fixing money issues and other crucial aspects of our lives just isn't that easy. McCall gets right to the core of the problem; difficulties with money aren't simply about how much money people have, but their essential relationship with money, and that this relationship can spring from not only family history, but feelings of shame and deprivation that drive unhealthy money behaviors. By disclosing her own process of Financial Recovery, and giving many case examples of clients who have used this process, McCall inspires others to find their own path toward real satisfaction and fulfillment, at whatever income level is right for them. She offers non-judgemental observations about patterns that people have in their relationship with money as well as practical ways to break those patterns and transform their lives. This is a money book--full of lots of practical strategies--but more than that, it is a money book with heart. It helps readers to look not only at their financial goals, but at the healing process that is necessary to achieve them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mikelann R. Valterra on May 24, 2011
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So many books are full of financial advice, yet when we read them and then struggle implementing all their advice, we just feel worse. But not with McCall's book. The difference is that she writes about our actual relationship with money. She talks about the emotions of money. She goes into our history with money. Here is an expert who has spent decades in the trenches with real people and understands why people really do what they do with money and how they can change.

What I love the most about this book are all the stories. She shares her own very personal story of struggling with spending and debt. (She shares some of her painful money secrets that people in her life would have been shocked by at the time, if they had known.) And she shares the stories of countless clients she's helped guide over the years. Suddenly, you feel like you are not alone if you struggle with credit card debt or sometimes you spend too much, or you simply never seem to earn enough.

This book is very easy to read, and it takes the reader through understanding how and why they relate to money the way they do. She writes about being caught in the "money life drain" and how she has seen so many people simply try to work harder, only to not have it help their financial problems. She is very direct about addressing feelings of shame and deprivation and how this fuels our financial behavior. And yes, she shows you how to get out of debt and stay out of debt. She also covers how to track and plan your spending- topics that may be unpopular. But she makes a very convincing case how the new financial behaviors she advocates can truly change your life. By the time the reader gets to the last chapter called "Imagining Sterling Money Behaviors", you just want to BE that person, and you really feel like it's possible. (I've known Karen McCall for years and after I finished her book I ordered twenty copies of it!)
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