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Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
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The author is an Iraqi War vet and Certified Financial Planner. He says he was overwhelmed when he first joined the Army, but by the time he was in Iraq dealing with deadly situations, the preparation and training he received in Basic Training gave him the knowledge and instincts to survive and thrive in Baghdad.

Back in civilian life as a CFP, he wrote this book as a kind of Basic Training for Personal Finance.

Since it's impossible to cover every possible personal finance scenario in a short book, Rose gives the reader enough fundamental PF knowledge to handle their own unique situations with confidence.

I've read many other books on PF. Many are so dense and boring that I abandoned them after a few chapters. I didn't have that problem with Rose's book. The book is very readable. The author interweaves stories of his time in the Army and his own personal failures (financial or otherwise), then offers up the lessons he learned and how those lessons can be applied to our own finances. The easy-to-read and entertaining prose makes all the financial stuff go down easier.

To sum up:
1) This book teaches you the fundamentals of personal finance.
2) It's easy to read and entertaining; and the financial advice is easy to understand and apply.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but couldn't resist the camouflage piggy on the front! :)

Okay, first things first, while the author does share a lot of his military background in the book, you do not have to be in the military to be able to apply the book to your finances. The author used personal stories in a way that made it very relatable and that anybody could follow the action steps in the book.

What I Really Liked

Each section has a Go/No section that gives you clear action steps to take. I'm the type of person that needs a checklist to follow and this was a clever way of doing so.

I learned more about credit scores that I ever thought I would want to know, but thankful that I did.

Loved how the author talked about finding a "Battle Buddy" to hold you accountable. This is spot on!

What I Didn't Like

There wasn't much about the book I didn't like, BUT I would have like to see more on the right time to buy a home. The author did have some good tidbits in there and highlighted a story of someone that bought too much home. I know there are different types of mortgages (which all confuse me) and that's where I would have liked to see more.

Other than that, it was a great read and I think will help a lot of people.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
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As a fellow author in the finance genre I've read a lot of other finance books. What I love about this one is how engaging it is, how easy to follow it is, and how Jeff makes everything seem so doable and straightforward.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
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I really enjoyed Soldier of Finance. Jeff's story is relatable and effectively sets the tone for a basic, yet solid introduction to getting your financial house in order. Not too much fluff and the go/no gos serve as an excellent check against the ideal Jeff wants you to aim for. As a CPA I can say that Jeff's tax and retirement advice is spot on as well. No military background required. If you're looking to make the most of your money, Soldier of Finance is a go!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
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Jeff served his country as a U.S. soldier during the conflict in Iraq. Now he is once again serving the American people by whipping them into financial shape, teaching them to defeat debt, and motivating them to carry out the mission. Jeff shares this financial training in fourteen easy to digest chapters (weeks). He takes what would be boring financial advice and presents it in an interesting and entertaining format. When you are ready to change your financial future and defeat the enemy of debt, pick up a copy of this book and attack debt with the same tactics used by the US military.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
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This is not your typical personal finance book. The author was in the Iraqi War and is a Certified Financial Planner. Jeff Rose uses his military experiences to present personal finance basics in an interesting and unique way.

The author explains his ideas clearly and shares his personal stories. That combination is one of the reasons this book is both empowering and inspiring.

I think all of us have felt, at some time, that dealing with money is a battle. Even if you've never been in the military, you'll get the basics you need to know to conquer your money woes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2014
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This book was pretty much basic information for any one that has common sense. I would not recommend buying it unless you are not able to save money on your own or have no working knowledge of any type of retirement accounts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
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I had the opportunity to read Soldier of Finance and, being a soldier and in the financial world myself, I was extremely impressed with Jeff's book! I was glad to see that the information was easy to digest using real-world experiences from Jeff's life. Most importantly, I enjoyed his Warrior Task sections that spelled out exactly what to focus on and how to improve in each area. Take the time and read it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
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Budgeting and home finance fascinates me -- This book was another perspective to attacking the difficult topics of life such as budgets, insurance, investing. Highly recommend this as high unique approach (from a military model) cuts it a little deeper than others have tried on this topic!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Not much changes in the world of personal finance, but what Jeff Rose does in Soldier of Finance is very different. Jeff delivers the fundamentals of personal finance with a refreshingly humble tone wrapped in an interesting model that follows his military training.

I do not have a military background and wondered if I would enjoy this book. However, Jeff did a great job of delivering his message in a way that was not only very interesting to a civilian, but with enough military detail that I suspect those in the military will resonate with the tone and language.

The book begins with a brief, but interesting personal history about the author and his beginnings with money and why he delivers this book. Instead of preaching, he a shares humbling story about how his mother and father raised him and the what motivated is views on money -- which in part led him to the military.

After the interesting introduction, Jeff uses his old tattered military manual as the model to the modular structure of his personal finance advice in the book. It is really quite creative and the entire theme ties in very well with his background and how and why he both entered the military and got involved in money.

If you are looking for a solid footing to get your finances in order, this book is worth both your time and the small investment. It is well written and was a pleasure to read. The advice is simple to understand if you follow the recommendations, it will positively change your financial situation.
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