I was recently given the opportunity to read through Hill Harper's new book, The Wealth Cure, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. Read my review, and enter the contest below to win a free copy!
The Wealth Cure conveys the need to not only build solid financial foundations, but to make sure that individuals achieve wealth in other areas of their lives, such as family, health well being, etc. His main premise is that having a balanced, organized life will be a solid foundation for being wealthy, which in the end will result in the freedom to pursue one's dreams or happiness.
Hill Harper touches on many areas outside of personal finance, including spirituality, health, and relationships. Harper encourages readers to ask themselves, “Am I using money, or is money using me?” He wants readers to understand the power of money, but also not let it control one's life and happiness. He also encourages one to look at wealth in all aspects – family, friends, spirituality, etc. If you are wealthy in all of these, material wealth is less of a controlling factor.
And just like in basic personal finance, Harper encourages readers to invest in one's self, make sure that one is prepared for life's emergencies with insurance, a will, and an emergency fund, and to recognize the differences between “smart money” and “dumb money”.
Harper wrote this book because he was recently diagnosed and battled thyroid cancer. As a result of this experience, Harper personally had to reflect on what mattered the most in his life, and he re-evaluated the fundamental values of life and the proper relationship between money and wealth. I like the fact that Harper shares with us his emotions and reactions to his diagnosis, and his thought process about life as a result. He points out that each individual is responsible for his own actions and how each person reacts to the situations to which they are exposed.
Overall, this easy to read book is a much different take on personal finance than most; but it is a very enjoyable read. It presents basic personal finance ideas in a different perspective, which makes you think about your own choices a bit. I would recommend it as a read for anyone looking to be enlightened by a different take on personal finance.
I'm going to be giving away 1 copy of The Wealth Cure by Hill Harper to one lucky reader. The giveaway will run from today (September 17, 2011) to Saturday, September 24, 2011.