The best books about money

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Creating Money

By Duane Packer, Sanaya Roman,

Book cover of Creating Money: Attracting Abundance

The title of this book is a tad misleading because it’s about so much more than money, yet since most people want to make more money, the good news is they’ll pick it up and get way more than they bargained for by reading it and doing what it says. While it does indeed teach you how to create money, it also gives clear instruction on meditation, clearing blocks, manifesting, working with energy, gaining clarity, etc. All of which contribute to manifesting money, as well as pretty much everything else, into your life.

Easy to read and follow with simple exercises and deceptively deep concepts broken down, this is an awesome starter book as well as one to always have around to provide important reminders and re-alignment.


Who am I?

Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, success coach, and motivational cattle prod who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller, You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (2013), spent over 4 years on the NY Times bestseller list, has sold over 3 million copies, is available in over 35 languages, and continues to grow in popularity around the globe. Her follow-ups, You Are a Badass® at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017), also a NY Times bestseller, You Are a Badass® Every Day (2018), and Badass Habits (2020) are written with the same signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass® an indomitable bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self-development.


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You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero,

Book cover of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

What is my book about?

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

The Soul of Money

By Lynne Twist,

Book cover of The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life

Written by an extremely smart smartypants, activist, and fundraiser, Lynne Twist shares her fascinating take on money as gleaned from her decades working with everyone from top CEOs to tribal people who don’t even know what money is.


Who am I?

Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, success coach, and motivational cattle prod who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller, You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (2013), spent over 4 years on the NY Times bestseller list, has sold over 3 million copies, is available in over 35 languages, and continues to grow in popularity around the globe. Her follow-ups, You Are a Badass® at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017), also a NY Times bestseller, You Are a Badass® Every Day (2018), and Badass Habits (2020) are written with the same signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass® an indomitable bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self-development.


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You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero,

Book cover of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

What is my book about?

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

The Illusion of Money

By Kyle Cease,

Book cover of The Illusion of Money: Why Chasing Money Is Stopping You from Receiving It

I loved this book because it is not only Inspiring in how it makes you understand your current money beliefs, but the exercises are easy to do and I found profound in what they reveal. Kyle explains spot-on how you can shift yourself from your current viewpoint into one that allows abundance and your true potential to shine through. And the book’s wonderful nuggets translate into all areas of your life! 


Who am I?

I have been motivated to be the best version of myself for as long as I can remember and that has included reading a ton of books, pushing my own limits on what I was capable of (Ironman triathlons and a cross-country bicycle ride), tapping into my own creativity as well as taking it to the next step and sharing what I have learned through my own books and TEDx presentation. I believe we have so much more inside of us than we realize and I love to share and see others reach their goals and dreams.  


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Habits for Success: Inspired Ideas to Help You Soar (Habits of Successful People)

By G. Brian Benson,

Book cover of Habits for Success: Inspired Ideas to Help You Soar (Habits of Successful People)

What is my book about?

Habits for Success is the perfect blueprint to help you realize a life of progress, purpose, and fulfillment.

Successful habits for an authentic life. Habits for Success was written creatively, consciously, and with heart. Using his own growth process, triumphs, and hero’s journey, author G. Brian Benson weaves authenticity and vulnerability into his habits, ideas, and stories to entertain and inspire you. Increase your self-awareness and manifest your dreams. Habits for Success is written in layman's terms but with an incredible amount of depth, enabling you to reach new levels of understanding and growth. It is a wonderful mix of heart, informative ideas, and entertaining journey―a self-help book that doesn’t feel like one. The insights shared and the tools provided are tailored for life-long success.

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

By Alix Kates Shulman,

Book cover of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

This novel might have been published a half-century ago, but the situation—wherein beauty is currency, women’s bodies with their bleeding and their smells are betrayers, and the institution of marriage is, well, an institution—feels more than relevant today. The book’s protagonist, Sasha Davis is a former prom-queen who is aware of all the possibility that exists outside of the confines of her loveless marriage. Liberated, she makes moves to extricate herself from the relationship, but what she can't shed is the very thing that holds her back: her own womanhood. The book’s tone, a sort of “Can you believe I have to put up with this?” is rife with humor even as it lays out the fury-making double standards women had to face then (and now).


Who am I?

I was raised in the Midwest by parents who told me I could have whatever kind of life I wanted. I took them at their word, never considering that my gender might come with limitations. It wasn’t until I had my first child and began investigating Paula’s case that the true complexity of womanhood began to dawn on me. I’ve since spent nine years reading and writing and thinking about the experience of being a woman in the modern world. 


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What Happened to Paula: An Unsolved Death and the Danger of American Girlhood

By Katherine Dykstra,

Book cover of What Happened to Paula: An Unsolved Death and the Danger of American Girlhood

What is my book about?

One summer night in 1970, eighteen-year-old Paula Oberbroeckling left her house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and didn’t return. Four months later, her body was discovered just beyond the mouth of a culvert adjacent to the Cedar River. Her homicide has never been solved.

Paula’s case had been mostly forgotten when, 50 years later, journalist Katherine Dykstra began looking for answers. What begins as an inverstigation into an unsolved homicide, evolves into a reckoning about all the ways women are at risk in the world, simply by being women. Part true crime, part memoir, What Happened to Paula is a timely and important look at gender, autonomy, and the cost of being a woman.

The Law of Divine Compensation

By Marianne Williamson,

Book cover of The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

A beautifully written book on the spiritual side of wealth, money, and profit by the ever-stellar Marianne Williamson. She is one of my faves. I demand you see her speak if you ever get the chance.


Who am I?

Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, success coach, and motivational cattle prod who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller, You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (2013), spent over 4 years on the NY Times bestseller list, has sold over 3 million copies, is available in over 35 languages, and continues to grow in popularity around the globe. Her follow-ups, You Are a Badass® at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017), also a NY Times bestseller, You Are a Badass® Every Day (2018), and Badass Habits (2020) are written with the same signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass® an indomitable bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self-development.


I wrote...

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero,

Book cover of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

What is my book about?

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

Debt

By David Graeber,

Book cover of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

I was taught the classical story of money. In the beginning, we all used the barter system. After a while, we invented money as a middle ground to store value, so we could trade without actually having physical goods on hand to exchange. Then we figured out systems of finance like debt and credit to help our money do more. This is all a lie! 

Nowhere in the world did things ever happen this way; no society has ever practiced the stereotypical ‘barter system’ where the only way for me to buy your goat is to give you a pair of new shoes. Debt digs into the actual origin of money: as a way of tracking what we owe each other. People, it turns out, live in communities, and when people live together they like to do each other favors. I plow your field; you teach me how to prepare…


Who am I?

As a writer, I’m much more interested in characters who want to change the world than those who want to defend the status quo. In popular storytelling, villains are usually the ones who want to radically remake everything. But as we hurtle towards a climate catastrophe that threatens to undo so much of our growth as a species, it’s clear that we need heroes in favor of radical change now. And you can’t make good change without understanding what you’re changing. Despite all the books I’ve recommended here about the failures of our own cognition – I think our only chance to make a better world is to figure out how the world operates and where we’re going wrong.


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The Traitor Baru Cormorant

By Seth Dickinson,

Book cover of The Traitor Baru Cormorant

What is my book about?

Game of Thrones meets Guns, Germs, and Steel. When the Empire of Masks arrives to colonize her island home, young Baru Cormorant fights back the only way she can. She joins the Imperial civil service and devotes herself to destroying them from within.

As a final test of her loyalty, Baru is dispatched to infiltrate and destroy the rebels in the seditious province of Aurdwynn – using only the art of high finance. But the rebel duchess Tain Hu is dangerously intriguing. And even as she manipulates Aurdwynn into civil war, Baru finds herself trapped between her own ruthless ambition and her yearning for a woman she can never have.

The Psychology of Money

By Morgan Housel,

Book cover of The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

How a book about money is so interesting is beyond me (I assume it has something to do with the author truly understanding, ahem, psychology). But this one is getting rave reviews for good reason. It’s almost addictive to read. Using nineteen short stories, it explores how historical figures navigated wealth, shows you why it was either a winning or losing strategy, and helps you apply to see the relevance to your own financial situation. This book will suck you in and make you realize that a lot of your own financial decisions shouldn’t be made on paper-only. 


Who am I?

I’m the award-winning and bestselling author of four books about human-ing and healing. I’ve been featured in Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, GMA. CNN, CBS, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and more. My books have been translated into sixteen languages and endorsed by notable authors such as Elizabeth Gilbert; Vikas Swarup; and Sanjiv Chopra, MD, Harvard Medical School. As a writing mentor, I work closely with authors to help them get their own words into books. I live with my beautiful wife and bad cat in New York City, where we all spend most of our time planning our next meals and next adventures.


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How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can: A Total Self-Healing Approach for Mind, Body, and Spirit

By Amy B. Scher,

Book cover of How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can: A Total Self-Healing Approach for Mind, Body, and Spirit

What is my book about?

I wrote the bestselling How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can series, which helps readers break through blocks to overcome depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. I also wrote This Is How I Save My Life, a memoir about my trip around the world to find a cure for chronic Lyme disease. Along the way, I discovered cultural mayhem, goats dressed in sweaters, and a surprise romance.

Emotional Currency

By Kate Levinson,

Book cover of Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money

Emotional Currency was the first book I read when I started making my way through the literature on women and money, and it has stayed with me. Levinson is a therapist, and her training shows through—not with jargon, but with her approach. She offers exercises that are equal parts psychological and financial, which is a gentle and affirming way of inviting readers anxious about their money lives to start digging in. Most of this book is, as the title suggests, about improving our emotional relationship to money, but really, isn’t that a necessary first step for all of us? Happily, Levinson mixes in practical/tactical advice and suggestions as well.  


Who am I?

I am a writer and financial wellness coach, and I am on a mission to help women like you become more confident and capable with money. Previously, I was an award-winning business and financial journalist with The New York Times, Business Week, and CNBC, and I have a graduate business degree from a top university. Even with all that, though, it took me years to build healthy personal financial habits and start using my money to achieve my life goals—so I understand the pain of financial stress and self-blame. I wrote my book to help you find an easier path to financial wellness and empowerment.


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You Are Worthy: Change Your Money Mindset, Build Your Wealth, and Fund Your Future

By Kelley Holland,

Book cover of You Are Worthy: Change Your Money Mindset, Build Your Wealth, and Fund Your Future

What is my book about?

Many women live in silence about their finances, holding anxiety and fear inside. Many want to change, but don’t know how to even start. In You Are Worthy, I go to the heart of your money issues; shining a light on problem areas, providing solutions, and instilling confidence and skills to help you achieve financial well-being. 

You Are Worthy takes you step by step through the process of taking charge financially, weaving in the voices of dozens of real women. You will shed outdated beliefs; you will be inspired to learn; and you will learn to create an integrated financial plan to achieve your goals. You will come away with greater confidence, clarity, and hope, not just about money but about your whole life.

The Ascent of Money

By Niall Ferguson,

Book cover of The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Money is not the root of all evil, as this book makes clear in a highly entertaining romp through the major events in the history of coin and their derivatives. The author, who made his name with Empire, covers everything that really matters including the rise of the loan sharks, historic bubbles, the development of currencies, the egregious behaviour of a few very greedy and/or crooked people, supposedly fool-proof money-making schemes that backfired, and much else. If you want to understand how money works, you can hardly do better.


Who am I?

Selwyn Parker is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and pianist. In journalism he focuses on transformational contemporary issues like the new era in energy, the upheaval in banking, the revolution in transportation and the fast-moving world of investment. However most of his dozen books – novels and non-fiction -- are rooted in landmark historical events whose effects still register today.


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The Great Crash: How the Stock Market Crash of 1929 Plunged the World into Depression

By Selwyn Parker,

Book cover of The Great Crash: How the Stock Market Crash of 1929 Plunged the World into Depression

What is my book about?

The Great Crash explains how the implosion of Wall Street in 1929 triggered a series of catastrophic events that ran around the world and led to poverty and misery for millions, launched Roosevelt’s New Deal, helped bring the Nazis to power, set the scene for another world war, and ultimately ushered in a new global order.

God and Money

By Gregory Baumer,

Book cover of God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School

God and Money is primarily a guide to giving, but secondarily it is a testimony of how the authors were attending Harvard and became convicted about their extravagant lifestyles and the need to give more. The book largely discusses the different approaches to act on this burden. 

While God and Money focuses on giving, they followed up with True Riches which uses a “putting off and putting on” type of approach: pride to gratitude, coveting to content, anxiety to trust, indifference to love are the chapter topics. At around 100 pages, the book is limited in scope and repeats some of the material (such as the testimonies and approaches) from the previous book.

The biggest drawback for these authors is they haven’t built platforms. Neither have author profiles on sites, such as Goodreads and BookBub. Only one has an Amazon profile. The website, God and Money, is limited with no…


Who am I?

Scott LaPierre is the teaching pastor of Woodland Christian Church in Woodland, WA, an author, and conference speaker. He holds an MA in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Scott and his wife, Katie, have nine children and they are passionate homeschooling advocates. Scott is a former schoolteacher and Army officer. 


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Your Finances God's Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money

By Scott LaPierre,

Book cover of Your Finances God's Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money

What is my book about?

Ever since he got married, author and pastor Scott LaPierre has supported his family on a single salary while remaining debt-free. He’s witnessed the stress that accompanies financial insecurity, yet he’s learned firsthand that even those with a limited income can eliminate monetary worries when they abide by biblical principles.

With Your Finances God’s Way, you’ll replace negative spending habits with positive patterns that will set you on the road to financial freedom. Drawing from the Bible’s wisdom on money management, this book provides essential steps backed by proven practices, helping you get the most out of your money by paying off debt and building up savings; make informed spending choices that help you avoid anxiety, regret, and conflict; and enjoy the fruits of managing your money in a way that honors God.

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