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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (April 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577319281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577319283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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'People who have financial success have a healthy relationship with money - the kind of relationship that Karen McCall describes in this timely book... .I urge you to give yourself the gift of reading this book and discovering the road map Karen presents.'
- from the foreword by John Bradshaw , bestselling author of Reclaiming Virtue

About the Author

Karen McCall founded the Financial Recovery Institute to bring her innovative, transformational approach to as many people as possible. She spreads her passion for her work by training counselors and money coaches to build their own successful practices. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she lives in Sonoma County, California.

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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 12 2011
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Developing a healthy relationship with money. What would that look like? Can you even imagine living within your means and not feeling deprived? What would it feel like to do work you love and that pays the bills?

Financial equilibrium is a possibility for anyone and everyone. It's not about tightening up your belt or doing without. It's not even about getting a second job or quitting the work you love to find something more financially viable. Instead, it's about understanding where your money goes each month and if you are making the best use of your resources.

Financial Recovery points out that most of us don't really understand the difference between wants and needs. Often we buy things not because we need that item but because we have an unvoiced and unsatisfied need. Identify that need or that hidden desire and life suddenly becomes much easier and more fulfilling. It's like clarity, focusing on what's important rather than being pulled in a hundred different directions. Knowing what you want and working on that rather than madly filling emotional holes with stuff.
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This book is a wonderful resource for taking me through my thinking about money, the blocks that I have, why I have them and then practical, doable steps to come into mastery of my relationship with money.
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incredible! will change your financial life forever. focuses accurately and full of insight on the psychology of debt, under-earning and overspending
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have read a lot of books on money, but this author has helped me develop and understand the relationship with money!! May 31 2011
By Shop - Published on
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The author begins with a context for readers, showing how it is crucial to understand your relationship with money. She outlines the details of knowing what you need, want, and desire as one of the most critical factors in choosing the work we do. I found strength in the kind of details that her methodology enabled me to see. Every since I began practicing and understanding Karen's concepts on money, I have experienced emotional and spiritual growth. Today, many accountants, financial analyst, debt counselors, take a variety of approaches in dealing with money...depending on the need... Karen's model is somewhat different. For her, getting in touch with what is really important to us is a major part of designing a financial life that is stable and fulfilling. It is the ability to understand our deepest needs, wants, and desires. To understand the Money/Life Drain and the strategy of "Saving Your Way Out of Debt", is one way to not repeat the same cycle over and over again. Like a good author, Karen talked a great deal, about how work has a lot to do with earning enough money. For the novice, there is much to be learned here.....But the book does not stop there, in many ways it is just beginning. Here is where you will begin experiencing transformation and begin to live the financial life you have always dreamed.

Financial Recovery is more than about money. It is about healing, growing, and achieving peace and financial well-being!!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book I was waiting for May 4 2011
By JWG - Published on
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I had heard about this book before it was even available in print edition. Though I wasn't a big Kindle fan, I got the app for my Iphone specifically because I wanted to read this book. Am I glad I did. I have come across a lot of money books in my life but I don't think I have ever seen one like this. Not only did it speak directly to my own struggles with money but it did it in such a gentle non-shaming way.

There is a tone that this book has which lets you know she is speaking to you from her experience-- not some theory about how things ought to be-- but how things really are and what you can do to make them better.

Never once does she talk down to you. Instead, you know she has been there too and come out the other side. I have absolutely no trouble beliveing that this book's combination of wisdom and practical tools can finally help me heal the challanges in my relationship with money.

It doesn't feel like just another self help book--it actually feels more important than that. This book says something about money that we all, in these trying financial times, need to hear. OBTW- I loved reading the book on Kindle, I'm a convert to both Financial Recovery and Kindle!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book on the emotional and practical sides of money April 26 2011
By Marla Mac (.com) - Published on
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This is the book I was looking for! It's among my top money books of all time. Karen McCall is a true expert in her field. She sees money holistically, from an emotional as well as a practical point of view. There are many money authors that simply cover the practical side of money, giving tips and telling us that the answer is to skip the lattes, we'll be okay. There is so much more to moving forward with money... people's thoughts, beliefs, and relationship with themselves are manifested through their money habits. Because those thoughts are often negative, many people have deep money secrets. They feel shame, fear stress, guilt, and a slew of other negative emotions in conjunction with money, and are desperate to get off the hamster wheel.

Karen imparts her knowledge and her process in a caring way. Readers can identify with one of more of the examples in the book. She gives readers a chance to shine a light inward and discover the potential for a new way of being with money. Sound fluffy? I assure you, this book is anything but. It's a book of substance that encourages readers to be honest with their money history, so they can create a new relationship with money, and themselves.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Money Book with Heart May 14 2011
By Betsy Fasbinder - Published on
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This book offers simple (but not simplistic) insights into how so many of us struggle with money issues. It addresses what is at the core of so many people's lifelong money troubles, regardless of their level of income. Money is just one of those things (like food issues, for example) where the solutions seem so easy for those who don't suffer with the challenges. Just eat less if you want to lose weight, right? But this author understands that fixing money issues and other crucial aspects of our lives just isn't that easy. McCall gets right to the core of the problem; difficulties with money aren't simply about how much money people have, but their essential relationship with money, and that this relationship can spring from not only family history, but feelings of shame and deprivation that drive unhealthy money behaviors. By disclosing her own process of Financial Recovery, and giving many case examples of clients who have used this process, McCall inspires others to find their own path toward real satisfaction and fulfillment, at whatever income level is right for them. She offers non-judgemental observations about patterns that people have in their relationship with money as well as practical ways to break those patterns and transform their lives. This is a money book--full of lots of practical strategies--but more than that, it is a money book with heart. It helps readers to look not only at their financial goals, but at the healing process that is necessary to achieve them.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winning combo of emotions and practicality May 24 2011
By Mikelann R. Valterra - Published on
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So many books are full of financial advice, yet when we read them and then struggle implementing all their advice, we just feel worse. But not with McCall's book. The difference is that she writes about our actual relationship with money. She talks about the emotions of money. She goes into our history with money. Here is an expert who has spent decades in the trenches with real people and understands why people really do what they do with money and how they can change.

What I love the most about this book are all the stories. She shares her own very personal story of struggling with spending and debt. (She shares some of her painful money secrets that people in her life would have been shocked by at the time, if they had known.) And she shares the stories of countless clients she's helped guide over the years. Suddenly, you feel like you are not alone if you struggle with credit card debt or sometimes you spend too much, or you simply never seem to earn enough.

This book is very easy to read, and it takes the reader through understanding how and why they relate to money the way they do. She writes about being caught in the "money life drain" and how she has seen so many people simply try to work harder, only to not have it help their financial problems. She is very direct about addressing feelings of shame and deprivation and how this fuels our financial behavior. And yes, she shows you how to get out of debt and stay out of debt. She also covers how to track and plan your spending- topics that may be unpopular. But she makes a very convincing case how the new financial behaviors she advocates can truly change your life. By the time the reader gets to the last chapter called "Imagining Sterling Money Behaviors", you just want to BE that person, and you really feel like it's possible. (I've known Karen McCall for years and after I finished her book I ordered twenty copies of it!)