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It Is Only Money: and It Grows on Trees! Paperback – October 24, 2015
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"It Is Only Money is a well-written and imaginative multi ethnic and multi cultural look at acquiring wealth. I loved the give and take between Catherine, the teacher, and the diverse group of students who are in her class. Through this device, the author explores the role of money in Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religions, and discusses how the biblical story, The Parable of the Talents, can be used as a way to explore one's own talents and ability to actively make money. MacMillan's thoughts on passive income streams, investments, and finding one's passion as opposed to merely doing a job one hates are well-presented... It Is Only Money is highly recommended." - 5 Stars, Readers' Favorite
"What is most interesting is MacMillan's ability to unpack and explain a variety of religious beliefs about money, as well as her easily understandable explanations of complicated financial ideas such as the differences between stocks and bonds and how to create passive income. MacMillan even tackles the global economy, deftly explaining why merely striving to get a good job is no longer a guarantee of financial success." Red City Review
About the Author
Cara MacMillan, MBA, is a thought leader in sustainability and financial management. As an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada, her vision is to empower people to think and act for themselves financially. Cara has the privilege of teaching and learning with courageous individuals who are committed to making a difference for themselves, their world, and future generations. As a thought leader, Cara regularly publishes in the areas of personal finance and investments. Cara lives in Ottawa with her life partner and best friend, David, and their two children. On weekends, you can find her hiking through the beautiful Gatineau Park. CaraMacMillan.com Cara’s Second Jar: Ten percent of revenues from the It Is Only Money, and It Grows on Trees! book and course will be given to the organization Development and Peace (devp.org). The worst impacts of climate change are being felt by the poorest in the Global South, yet they contribute the least to the warming of our common home. It is time to act and create a climate of change!
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Top Customer Reviews
Cara Macmillan not only discusses the above but also goes into a more in-depth discussion on how money is treated with different religions, cultures, and people. The effects of money are preserved and portrayed differently, and this is a fascinating thing to know when it comes to the outside world, particularly in different faiths.
The book is written in the way of which you feel like an observer to a classroom with a teacher, educating her pupils. You are being taught everything there is to know about money and how using it affects your life. The amount of dependency also affects your pure existence.
I found the book to be very easy to read. The structure and layout were well planned. There is a consistency with the connectivity of the paragraphs and topics discussed. It did feel like a grown up teaching a child rather than a professor teaching his pupils, but I believe, that did not take away anything from the message it was trying to set to scale.
I recommend this book to anyone that wishes to read on the topic in general and appreciates learning something from a book.
Written by Jeyran Main
This is the money class we all should have gotten in school. Cara gives real-world examples of money situations, from around the world, literally! And the actionable workbook at the end will help you take a look at your current relationship with money and how your values are tied to it.
If you're looking for a book about money, this one is a must-read. It is well worth the price because the knowledge you'll get from this book is priceless.
Cara does a great job presenting many different religious views from various cultures! It was very easy to read and entertaining.
I also really appreciated the workbook at the end to think through. I've already recommended it to a handful of others as well.
We begin in a school classroom, where the teacher asks about the meaning of money. We them go into different religious beliefs about money.
Well intentioned, perhaps. But it's so simplistic, as if I'm being told a lesson, instead of finding it out for myself... I really struggled to get through this.
I love the title, wanted to wholeheartedly recommend it. I can't.
Note: I was given free access to this book for review purposes.
Although I grew up in a family full of finance background, and I got good marks while studying finance, I never did find it interesting.
But this book handles this subject in a way that I could not only grasp all that was being said, I also found it so interesting that I read it as I would read my favourite fiction novel!
I feel what makes this book stand apart from the others is that it deals with money in real world context, rather than the contextual terms. What does money mean to people in the real world? We all know it is a currency to exchange for goods, that is not what this book is about, but about what does money mean to different people? How some people are misers even when they are rich? While some people remain happy even when they are poor? What is our attitude about money and how does it affect our emotions? So basically it is our attitude to money that affects how we view money. And this is so profound. It really is our attitude, isn’t it? How much money is enough? Is any amount even “enough”?
The book then deals with how are these attitudes formed? She deals with excellent examples of how religions like Christianity and Hinduism see money or preach about money and how its teachings effect the thoughts of those who grow up in a religious household.
It also deals with how our parents or guardians viewed money, and how their beliefs somehow shaped ours.
The book explains that one should always use the talent that one possess in order to earn money, that, according to me, is the best advice ever. How many times we see people stuck in a meaningless corporate rat race, reminiscing about the good old days when they used to paint or read or write or something like that years ago.
The language of the book is so simple. I was surprised how the author could so simply explain such complex terms!
Totally a five-star book!
A very enjoyable book that takes a unique approach to Personal Finance and what different cultures and religions teach about money.
Cara MacMillan tells the story from several different character’s perspectives and their attitudes on money. This makes her book differ from normal finance and investing literature and makes the book easy to understand and the characters relateable.
You get an idea on the context of money in the real world and what money means to others. This has certainly changed the way I look at money.
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