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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Reversing Falls Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984502009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984502004
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It makes it simple for the everyday person to think about how to manage their financial life in simple terms.
Alaska
Great book for those with money problems but can never figure out why they can't stop making the same mistakes over and over again.
Steve Burns
This is a great book that will encourage the reader to take an inventory of all his/her beliefs and feelings about money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wood, Psy.D. on March 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a psychologist, I know that most financial problems come from beliefs about money that prevent people from handling money well. There are countless books out there offering practical tips on saving, investing, and spending money wisely, but even the best money advice in the world won't work if negative beliefs (for example, "I don't deserve money," "I'm not good with money," and "money is the root of all evil") are in the way. This enjoyable, enlightening, and easy to digest book is your road map to understanding your own negative beliefs about money -- and trust me, we all have them -- and creating the empowering money beliefs necessary to build and maintain a rewarding financial life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book because it addressed the behavioral and psychological side of money. It is not about the left brain managing of money but the subconscious unexamined beliefs we hold that influence the choices that we make. This book is about removing the blindfolds and becoming financially conscious in life with fully examined beliefs so when we make money choices we are making them with our eyes wide open. It is not about the money itself, money is a neutral thing that can be used for any purpose we choose. It can be for good or bad, to invest or waste, it can be used to gain freedom or bondage to things. What this book is about is our beliefs and values that control how we manage and spend or money.
Our beliefs cause our behaviors around money. What we do with our money is a reflection of behaviors and beliefs we learned as children or young adults. this book asks you not to blame those who gave you bad advice or led you down the wrong road, it asks us to take full responsibility for how and why we make bad financial decisions. The books aim is to make us fully conscious of our behaviors regarding money.
Through exercises, examples, and stories this book does a great job uncovering money beliefs in seven areas of life-our earliest memories, family of origin, significant relationships, education, work, spirituality, and worldview.

"We are motivated to grow by the power of our dreams rather than our problems."

Great book for those with money problems but can never figure out why they can't stop making the same mistakes over and over again. This book could be a financial life saver by getting to the psychological root of the problem once and for all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Wall, LCSW on January 9, 2011
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Having counseled many about their relationship with money, I was glad to see someone discussing the deep beliefs that stop us from acting out of intelligence. Embracing True Prosperity: Guided Visualizations & Practical Tools To Realize Your Deepest Dreams My own experience mirrors Ms. Honeck's--we cannot simply force a change without recognizing the times and places where our fears of being an Adult with money began. Jane Honeck uses guided imagery to open the mind to the stuck spots and talk to our scared parts with kindness. It is a small book, which at first dissuaded me from appreciating the depth of her intentions. It is best being small, however, for someone just opening to the idea that there is a split between what they know and how they behave and feel deeply inside. I look forward to your next level of teaching and guiding.
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If you are looking for lots of tips on how to save and/or invest your money, then THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY? IT'S NOT ABOUT MONEY! by Jane Honeck is not something you should rush out to buy.

Rather, the author (a CPA and seminar leader for over 30 years) spends most of her book looking at the unexamined beliefs that drive our financial lives . . . she contends that when we discover these, we can best put manage our money.

I never gave this idea too much thought; i.e., until I read THE PROBLEM . . . and in doing so, I became clearer about some of my beliefs.

As Honeck notes:

* Money decisions all boil down to choice. And your choice is always correct if you are conscious of why you make your decisions. But unconscious choices get us into trouble. Unconscious choices wake us the next day, month or year an make us say, "What have I done? How did I get here?"

That's so true, in that I've done exactly that (but never realized it). She continues:

* But the problem with money is it's not about the money. That's right. It's not about the money! It's about the unexamined beliefs that drive our financial lives. These beliefs lead us to make money decisions with the wrong set of facts. And then we try to solve our problems with the wrong set of tools. It's like changing a tire on the wrong car with a curling iron! Your beliefs drive your financial bus, and you may be sitting behind the wheel with a blindfold on.

What makes this such a good book are the visualization exercises that are included at the end of each chapter . . . here was my favorite:

* You open the door [to a cottage you come across in a walk] and find a table with a note next to $500. The note says, "This $500 is my gift to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Problem With Money -
It's Not About The Money
By Jane Honeck CPA
Reversing Falls Press 2010

Reviewed By: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
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A family can never deal effectively with debt until coming to
terms with deeply held belief systems. The author provides
a simple formula for examining beliefs. First, state your beliefs.
Then, debate them with alternatives. Finally, recreate or
reshape them to come to terms with reality.

Examples of deeply held beliefs are as follows:
o We need to keep up with what next door family is doing.
o I wouldn't be seen dead in those clothes.
( So, go out and spend a fortune to stand out in a crowd.)

All of these beliefs cost us dearly in the long run.
The thing to do is to examine them dispassionately.
Debate the alternatives and make the appropriate changes.

Next, the author advises us to break down goals into smaller
snippets or steps forward. In addition, we should not push goal
achievement too hard. The book articulates a good rule.
That is, we cannot change our relationship to debt without
changing how we spend and why. Ultimately, we must plan
to become financially conscious.

We need to stop associating money with power.
Instead, Americans should extol goodness over financial
resources. We need to stop excessive concerns over money.

In our relations with others, my own experience is to
limit loans to friends. Never lend out any amount that
you cannot afford to lose.

Overall, the book is an excellent value for the small
price charged. The advice is clear and unambiguous.
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