This week, I’m doing a series of financial book reviews as part of my own book campaign on Indiegogo. My financial blogging buddies have some great books — books that can help you live a better financial life.
If you are looking for a practical approach to your finances, a good place to start is Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future by Jeff Rose. Jeff Rose is a good friend of mine, and someone who knows what he’s talking about. He’s taken the fact that he’s a war veteran and a CFP and combined his experiences into an awesome book that can get you on the right track.
Do You Have the Guts to be a Soldier of Finance?
Jeff Rose took the Soldier’s Handbook and used it as a guide to turn your financial pursuits into a tactical mission. Solider of Finance provides a step-by-step action plan to help you take control of your financial life. And, because he’s a Certified Financial Planner, you know that the information he provides is totally legit.
I like how Jeff starts out with mindset. He encourages you to look at where you are right now, honestly evaluate the situation, and then commit to change, as well as to a course of action that will improve your finances. He breaks down the book into modules that address different aspects of finances, and that can help you take action. It’s broken down so that each portion includes something you can accomplish as part of your efforts to take control of your finances.
Some of the items addressed in this financial book include:
- Creating a budget that works for you.
- The basics of credit reporting, and who to whip your credit report into shape.
- Creating a debt elimination plan and sticking to it.
- Building emergency savings so that you aren’t in as much trouble during times of financial difficulty.
- How to determine the right mortgage for you.
- Investing tips for the short term and the long term.
- The importance of cash flow, and how to become cash flow positive.
Jeff even includes a section on motherhood, and what happens when you start adding more dependents to your life. I like this because it’s not easy to find a “serious” financial book that includes this type of information. I assume that part of the reason it’s included is due to the close business (as well as personal) relationship Jeff has with his wife.
Jeff illustrates his points with stories from such well-known financial inspirations as Jaime Tardy. You can see how these folks actually changed their lives and took action. It’s not always easy to become a Soldier of Finance; in fact, there are times that you have to make difficult choices.
Jeff writes in a way that is both humble and no-nonsense. He shows you exactly what you need to do to make it work. I place this financial book among one of the best, especially for those looking for actionable ways to take charge of their finances.