Faithful Finance


Stroud MBA/ CFA, Emily G. Faithful Finance: 10 Secrets to Move from Fearful Insecurity to Confident Control. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 2015, 2018.

Everyone struggles financially at some point in life and needs a bit of advice to get back on track. Financial advisor, business woman, entrepreneur and author, Emily Stroud, does just that in her newest book, Faithful Finance, in which she shares 10 smart recommendations to becoming financially fit. She addresses budgets, savings accounts, cash (vs credit), college, retirement and estate planning while also taking into account common feelings such as worry, insecurity, anxiety and despair. Filled with personal stories, budgeting tools, relevant scripture verses, loads of encouragement and total understanding, this book is written in an easy to read, conversational style manner for any income, at any age, in any stage of life.

Perfect for popular New Year’s resolution of becoming financially secure, Faithful Finance makes that goal just a bit easier to achieve. Neither daunting nor judgmental, author Emily Stroud is more a friendly partner willing to help with sound guidance and information. Having been in financial stress herself, she is straight forward with her suggestions while truly caring about the outcome. I appreciated the monthly budget sheets, the included resources, and 10 ideas for living life well. Owning her own investment firm, Emily Stroud also shares her contact information should a consultation be welcomed.

4 (out of 5) pennies

* I received a complimentary copy of Faithful Finance from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*


Debt-Proof Living

Hunt, Mary. Debt-Proof Living. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

maryhuntWith personal experience, Mary Hunt explains, encourages and navigates how to get out of debt and continue to live without it. Everyone has payments these days (credit cards, loans, bills, etc) but not everyone knows how to manage them nor do without them each month. Mary Hunt, founder of Debt-Proof Living, shares how to get out of debt, why to get out of debt and how to stay out of debt…

Through definitions of the different types of debt, help tackling the reasons and habits of debt, explanations of the consequences associated with debt, and the enjoyment of being financially debt-free, Mary Hunt shares items which make logical sense yet are sometimes so hard to achieve. I truly appreciated the fact that the author has been there, drowning in debt but was able to come clean and make a new financial start for herself. Through tried and true practices, sensible and solid applications, and encouraging and empathetic thoughts, reading this book was like having my own personal financial adviser.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Debt-Proof Living from Revell Publishing for my honest review*