From Publishers Weekly
Using a variety of self-help techniques, journalist and "financial recovery specialist" Bridgforth has designed a "holistic" program for people who find personal finance stressful. While explicitly addressed to black women, this book would be useful to anyone comfortable with feel-good, recovery program lingo and practices, although those looking for detailed explanations of how stocks and mutual funds work should look elsewhere. Bridgforth advises meditating and repeating inspirational "affirmations" for those who find the idea of designing a spending plan daunting; lighting an aromatherapy candle on an "altar of abundance" may also help. Feeling good, she maintains, is essential to the success of any plan, while low self-esteem, which Bridgforth feels is a particular problem for black women, can result in ruinous, compensatory spending. She recommends careful recording of expenditures to help people get back in touch with the realities of their finances. Beyond debt management, Bridgforth urges readers to "fund" their dreams by constantly visualizing goals, wrapping up her program with a reminder to readers to tap into the spiritual energy of deity worship. While Bridgforth's basic position, that financial stress can be relieved with a better attitude and better record-keeping, may offend readers with a more political perspective on wealth and poverty in America, her consoling advice on how to stay calm and cope, which is attractively packaged for its target market, isn't likely to do much harm. (Jan. )
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From the Inside Flap
If you?re tired of feeling powerless over your finances and are ready to start funding your dreams, then come on girl?it?s time to get your money straight! Author and financial expert Glinda Bridgforth knows that healthy money management is rarely just about dollars?it?s about getting to the root of why we spend what we do and recognizing the emotional and cultural issues that play out in our unhealthy financial habits. Girl, Get Your Money Straight!
presents her seven-step program for holistic financial healing?an upbeat, empowering road map that you can use to identify your heart?s desires, break away from negative spending patterns, pay off outstanding debts, develop a spending plan, conquer the checkbook blues, and create new wealth. Filled with Bridgforth?s warmhearted wisdom and advice, and complete with worksheets exercises, affirmations, and inspiring stories of African American women who have found financial peace of mind, Girl, Get Your Money Straight!
is a fresh, fun, and eminently practical guide to healing your bank account and building a life that you love.