Today I finished the first book of my reading plan for 2011. I have joined an online book club. The book I completed was "Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me about Debt" by Jon Acuff. I was very excited to read this book as my husband (Anthony Price) and I are HUGE fans of Dave Ramsey and enjoy Jon's writings/blog. One thing I really liked was how fast of a read this book was. Another reason I enjoyed this book was that I found myself laughing very frequently--out loud even. Some of the topics (The Nerd/Free Spirit test, Baby Proofing Your Home from your 27 year old, Weddings, Baby Showers, and House Warming Parties) were so original, and I had thought of some of those things in the past.
One theme I found throughout the book was that of life after Financial Peace University, something I have begun to experience! In a conversation with a person (who shall remain anonymous), I said, "Well, that's not what..." The other person said, "Let me guess, you were going to say, not what Dave Ramsey says." I replied, "Yes, Dave Ramsey doesn't think of tax refunds as windfall money or a backward way of saving, rather they are an interest-free loan to the government." I find myself frequently wanting to share the wisdom I've gained from Dave by reciting his 7 Baby Steps and quoting his many one-liners.
Thank you Jon for writing this easy-to-read book and Dave for giving us the tools to end enslavement to debt!