Last updated on January 5th, 2020 at 12:59 pm
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Are you struggling financially? Or perhaps you aren’t, but you are struggling with how to help those who are? If you fit either description, More Than Just Making it: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated is a book you need to read.
This book is unlike any other financial help book I have ever read. The author Erin Odom, who runs the popular blog The Humbled Homemaker, weaves her family’s personal story of economic struggle into the pages so well that I often felt like I was reading a real page turner of a biography instead of a money management book.
Yes, there is some great money saving advice in this book too, but if you read the book just for that, you would be missing out. This book comforts those that are financially struggling as well as gives them hope that their efforts to get out of the more month than money cycle will eventually pay off. It also challenges those who are financially beyond just getting by.
Why Both The Financially Challenged And The Financially Thriving Need To Read More Than Just Making It
Erin’s slowly unfolding story in the pages of the book is how her family went from lining up for food stamps to financially thriving. Her story telling skills will keep you reading way past bedtime. With each page your “I can do it spirit” will be lifted.
Too often those that can’t pay their bills at the end of the month are shamed. Well, that doesn’t happen in this book. Instead, the financially struggling will find comfort. Through the chapters of Erin’s book you are going to feel like you just got a big hug and a “you are not alone.”.
With chapters on budgeting, meal-planning, second-hand clothes shopping, creating income and more you will finish More Than Just Making It with an arsenal of practical advice to help you not just trim your budget, but fatten your monthly income.
Confession–I have stood behind many a person using food stamps and said to myself, “Why do they get to afford steak when I can barely fit the marked down chicken into my family’s budget?” Chapter 12 of More Than Just Making it convicted me into seeing how wrong that thought is. The truth is I do not know the story of the woman buying the steak with food stamps.
Erin’s words in the section of the book entitled “Judging Grocery Carts” convicted me of this wrong judgment of mine.
“I can’t count the number of times someone has mentioned seeing a person use food stamps to buy steaks or birthday cake, which seems luxurious and unnecessary for those the country has deemed as living below the poverty level. Couldn’t they make the stamps stretch further if they used them just for the basics? There is no doubt they could, but what if you happened to be at the grocery store with that person before a big celebration (like a birthday)? What if he or she just secured a job and decided to celebrate with a steak dinner? Are the poor not entitled to memorialize life’s victories and milestones as much as the rich. “
Not everyone on food stamps is scamming the system, yet many, including myself, are often treating everyone on food stamps like they are.
If you are like my family and are more than just making it financially, Erin’s book will challenge you to rethink your thoughts about the working poor in America and beyond. Is the church serving them well? Is the community? How can both work together to help better those working for low wages? How can our own family help? How can we as individuals give?
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