Tools I Love

Here is a list of tools and resources that have personally influenced my life, my family and my finances. I’ve read every book listed (except a couple of the ones recommended for the ladies, which Beth has read), and have personally used the product or service.

Some of the links are affiliate links, so if you purchase a product through the link you get the additional satisfaction of knowing you’re helping support my serious caffeine addiction. Drink up.

Every Masterpiece Begins By Using The Right Tools.

Financial Freedom

  • The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving. This is a small book by Randy Alcorn which contains profound insight into understanding God’s design in storing up treasure through generosity.
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. I read this book in 2004, back when I only had about $9,000 in debt. I ignored what it said and found myself with $119,000 debt in 2009. It’s an excellent book which explains Dave Ramsey’s baby steps and much of his theory about money as well as practical instruction. just don’t ignore like I did the first time.
  • Financial Peace University: Three words: Motivating, Empowering, and Educating. Ok, two more, Hope-Giving and Fun. FPU is a 9-week course, typically hosted by churches and other groups. If you’re struggling financially, feel like the floor’s been pulled out from under you and your drowning, you have to do FPU. This is NOT an affiliate link, I get nothing for recommending this, and that’s saying a lot considering Dave could be called a competitor. But alas, I love Dave Ramsey. His stuff is great and most of all…IT WORKS.
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth.If you struggle with the psychology of money…such as feeling like you’re not worthy of money, or that it’s wrong to have money, then you need to read this book. Eker does a good job of exposing the inner beliefs we have about money which are preventing you from taking the right actions in regards to money. Aside from being a little too “new agey” I highly recommend the book.
  • No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs: I loved this book. Like the “Secrets” book above, Dan Kennedy does an incredible job of exposing those beliefs we hold about money that really are holding us back from allowing ourselves to be wealthy. I’ve taken action on some of the recommendations he makes in the book and I can tell you it has made a positive difference to how I relate to money. Not an entrepreneur? He has a very similar book for non-business folks.

Marriage & Family

  • His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage. This was the first book Beth & read through on our date nights. Harley goes through the top five needs that women and men have, and explains how it is essential that these need are understood by each partner in the relationship, and how infidelity at some level will naturally occur unless these needs are met within the marriage.
  • The Honeymoon of Your Dreams. Getting married soon? It’s incredible how many times I’ve heard about “honeymoon horror stories.” This book will set you up to have an incredible honeymoon, especially if you and your spouse-to-be are waiting until the wedding night for you know what.

Resources for Women

Resources for Men

  • Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul: This is the #1 book I recommend to all men. I’ve read it four times. Most of us men feel like boys inside. So men, read this book, it is a blueprint to your soul and will set you free to live out masculinity as it was intended, not as our culture says it should be.
  • The Game Plan: The Men’s 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity:Let’s be honest. The attack of the enemy on men in our generation is against our sexuality. Over 50% of Christian men confess to be “addicted” to porn. And breaking free from this crap is easier said than done. Let this book be a tool in your arsenal of weapons as you fight for sexual purity.
  • The Silence of Adam: Becoming Men of Courage in a World of Chaos:This is my 2nd favorite “men’s book.” Do you know where Adam was when Eve was being deceived by the serpent? He was WITH her, and he failed to speak up, to fight for her. He was silent. And men ever since have been silent when it comes to taking our role in fighting for our wives and our families. This book is a great follow-up to Wild At Heart; get them both and spend a month reading and journaling.

Online Business

  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World:If you’re a blogger, then this book is a must read. It’s a step-by-step guide to success through blogging and social media.
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