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Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me about Debt Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Jon Acuff is a funny character, but in (almost) every joke there's truth. This book opens your eyes to the realities of money and debt that are hidden in plain sight. You'll think to yourself, "Of course, this should have been obvious!" But sometimes we need help seeing what's right in front of us, and this book provides such help. I would highly recommend you get this book and let it take you on a journey full of wit, sarcasm, satire and seriousness.
OK, maybe that's going a little far, but his writings are always fun to read. Even when he gets serious about serious stuff, there is still going to be some humor in there to deflect some of the pain that comes with truth.
This book is probably not for everyone. Obviously the guy who gave it 2 stars and bashed Dave Ramsey didn't care for it. But anyone who has read a Dave Ramsey book, gone through a Dave Ramsey class, or seen him speak will appreciate the truths and humor in this book.
I recommend it 100%, then go out and buy the Stuff Christians Like book.
I'm a huge Dave Ramsey fan and listen to his radio show at least a few times per week, so it's not that I missed the jokes. In fact, part of the issue may be that I've been a Ramsey fan for too long. Acuff actually ruins the humor of a lot of his jokes by overexplaining the principle behind the joke. So in a two-page column, he'd spend half the text space saying "since Dave says this" before he got to the joke. So a lot of the book read like an oversimplified primer to Dave Ramsey's philosophy.
Then, the jokes themselves weren't so funny that they made it worth reading through all the slow buildup. Some of them had a funny concept at the core but weren't worded for maximum impact, while others just didn't seem to be attempting humor at all. I only laughed out loud once during the entire book, which is unusual for me. Usually I am rolling while reading a humorous book and keep wanting to share bits with friends.
It could just be me, but I was seriously disappointed in this and really wish I could have my money back. I'll give it two stars just because at the core, there are some clever thoughts in here. They were just poorly executed and read as though the book was rushed to print.
Really that's what the book is all about, having fun with saving money. If you think Dave Ramsey may be a little too blue collar for you, check out this book, it will definitely be aloe enough for you ;)
I read the book in less than 2 hours, the pictures help keep you interested in reading about the next chapter. Really easy, fun read.
Best mini section in the book deals with asking if it comes in yellow to get yourself out of a high pressure sale. I once went into a dealership while shopping for a new car because they had the current year model in yellow, for less than $10,000. (Sounds too good to be true right?) They said, "While the yellow color is attractive, (At this point you know something is up, cause after all...nothing good comes in yellow) it's a standard (and I'm thinking ok not a problem) AND (this had better be good, like a lifetime warranty for it being yellow or something) it has no air condition." That right there about knocked me over...a car, in Arkansas, without air conditioning. Thus solidifying the idea, nothing good comes in yellow.
So, what happens when Dave Ramsey's financial advice meets Jon Acuff's humor? Unfortunately, Jon ends up being less funny. This book is not as funny as Acuff's "Stuff Christians Like" book or blog were. In fact, the blog itself has become less humorous in recent months, as Jon has joined Dave Ramsey's team. He seems to be drawing his humor from a different, less funny, place.
I felt as if there was a lot of fluff in this book - light, airy (probably pink) stuff - that took up unnecessary space. It seemed too much like a promo or ad for Dave Ramseyism, and too little like a humor that was free to seek out whatever was most funny to Jon Acuff. Too much of it was based on inside information about Dave Ramsey and his advice, and that just isn't as funny as other things. And if I want Dave Ramsey's financial advice, then I'll re-read his "Financial Peace University."
Having said all this, the book is still 3 stars funny. Here are some of my favorite moments:
I like Acuff's explanation of how he single-handedly started using the word "aloe" to mean "cool and sexy and fresh," as he illustrated the point that cool is completely fictional.Read more ›
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Very funny and helpful read! Would recommend it to anyone who has gone through Financial Peace University or who is considering taking the class. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ken
You should know about Dave Ramsey to get the most out of this book but--- it was a fun motivational book- I sent my copy to my daughter along with the Total Money Makeover. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TonyaMah