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  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Lampo Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978562097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978562090
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think the best way to give you insight into why you should buy this book is to let you know what you might miss out on otherwise. So what follows is a list of "did you knows" that could save you time, tears, and most importantly, money: Did you know that you can "baby-proof" your basement against the inevitable return of your 27 year-old? Did you know that you can make a credit card company write you a love letter? Did you know that instead of having money fights, you could be having "hug fights" and calmly talking about money with your significant other? Did you know that all those things you've been meaning to do with your money or planning to do in the future will never happen if you don't make certain changes now? If you read the book you'll know these things and much more.

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.
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Jon Acuff is the Mark Twain of our generation.

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.
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While I enjoyed Jon Acuff's writing in Stuff Christians Like, this one just didn't hit the mark for me.

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.
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As the title of the book says "Baby Steps." This book won't transform your finances overnight. Jon shows how it's all about the small choices that you make, there is no "miracle answer" if you want to call it that. However, Jon writes of how these baby steps don't have to be a downer, they can be fun. (Try Bejeweling things...[...] it makes everything better).

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.
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"Gazelle, Baby Steps, and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me" is a fascinating book. It's a unique hybrid of the financial advice of Dave Ramsey and the humorous views of Jon Acuff. It's almost like the concept of having both KFC and Taco Bell inhabit the same building so the consumer can have his choice of fast foods. Do you want a little financial advice, especially about debt? This book has a little Dave Ramsey for you? Do you want a little hip humor? Jon Acuff's got your back.

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.
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