Book Review: Ready to Pull the Retirement Trigger?: Your Strategic Guide to Retire With Confidence by Mary Sterk ASIN: B06WVGXWNQ

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If you are a parent of any child who is old enough to talk, you have probably heard that age-old question, “Are we there, yet?”  By now you have probably contemplated your retirement and want to know for yourself, “Are we there yet?”

What if you and your spouse have different ideas about retirement?  What if you want to keep working and your significant other wants to cruise around the world?

Ready to Pull the Retirement Trigger?: Your Strategic Guide to Retire With Confidence by Mary Sterk will help you find the answers and strike a happy medium.

Most people as they approach retirement age are faced with the question about whether or not they will outlive their money.  There are ways to answer that question. This book will help you.

You have heard of low load funds, no load funds, and other types of funds.  It is enough to make one want to get loaded. But, you don’t have to. You just need to know what questions to ask and whom to ask.

Ready to Pull the Retirement Trigger? Isn’t one of those one trick ponies that trumpets one financial plan in a one-size-fits-all format.  Readers are given some basic information and questions to ask themselves to lead them to ways to find a solution.

Once you read Ready to Pull the Retirement Trigger?, you will have a better grasp of what you need to know before you retire.  We think it is very important for anyone who is contemplating retirement.

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Book Review: Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously by David Green and Bill High ISBN: 978-0-310-34794-1

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By now you have heard countless times that, “You can’t outgive God.”  This is the story of how David Green and Hobby Lobby tried to out give God and failed.  Maybe you should try it sometime.

Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously by David Green and Bill High takes readers through Green’s early years as a child all the way up to where he is now.

One great thing about Giving it All Away is that it fits on almost all of the blogs and YouTube Channels we have.  It is a book about business, so it fits on Redneck MBA. It is a book about religion and especially tithing, so it fits all kind of ways on How to Manage Your Monkey.  It is a book so, of course, it fits on Book Reviews by Bird. And everything fits on Random Thoughts and Observations so, it fits there.

This book is a wonderful story of how Hobby Lobby took on the “guvment”, as we rednecks say, and won. But it is mostly a story about giving back.  It shares how a large Pentecostal Holiness family gave much more than their due and inspired their children to do the same.

Hobby Lobby makes such a great juxtaposition to Walmart it is uncanny.  A comparison and contrast between the two companies would make a great case study, thesis, or dissertation.  

Walmart is all about the mighty dollar.  They squeeze every vendor to get a better deal and leave the vendor with less. Hobby Lobby make sure everyone gets a fair deal.

Walmart runs all over their employees. Walmart employees have to work Thanksgiving or be fired.  Hobby Lobby is closed on Sunday. Walmart is open 24/7/364. Hobby Lobby closes at 8 PM so their employees can spend time with their families.

Hobby Lobby is so supportive of a person’s right to life that they took on the U. S. Government, and WON. Walmart sells the “morning after pill” on their sales floor.  The Walton family is/was allegedly Christian, but the stores Sam left behind don’t reflect it in any way.

What would the world look like if EVERY company displayed true Christian values like Hobby Lobby?

Giving it All Away would make a great small group Bible study for your church.  It would make a great book for your chamber of commerce to distribute to all its members so that members could read it and see that it works to put God in control of your business, large or small.

We really cannot say enough about Giving it All Away.

We purchased Giving it All Away for our personal library.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf

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If you have ever wondered why you break your New Year’s Resolutions very early, drop your diet, or stop exercising regularly, Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf may help you to answer those questions.

In this book, Assaraf explains the inner workings of the mind and why our brains override our plans.  He also gives us answers to how we can overcome this problem.

You aren’t broken, just human, which sometimes is the same thing.

The author uses a hybrid of NLP, LOA, Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, and other disciplines to help his readers learn ways to change the patterns of self-sabotage.

Innercise is well written and takes the time to explain the science and psychology behind his methods. We like this book because it is compatible with the Christian faith.

You will want to read this book before you make your New Year’s Resolutions.  Order your copy today and feel better, soon.

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Book Review: Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP®


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By now readers of our How to Manage Your Monkey blog know we read and review hundreds of books on personal finance and financial planning. We would have to say that
Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP® is a very different book on the subject.

Whereas most books focus on the nuts and bolts, the undercarriage of your financial condition, this book is focused more on the person and their loved ones and not so much on the portfolio per se.

In this book, readers are treated to ideas about how to open up a dialogue with those involved in the financial planning and find out who they are and why they make financial decisions the way that they do.

You won’t be hammered in the head with such things as how to balance your portfolio.  Why should the author do this when she points out that every person is different and their needs and comfort levels with different investments must be considered?

Longo discusses how to teach children about finances at an early age, how to open conversations with adult children regarding the parents’ finances, and how those adult children should open a dialog with their parents before there is a crisis regarding key financial decisions, where the important papers are, what types of insurance are in place, and medical care decisions.

Our only problem when Longo discusses a spending plan, AKA budget, is that she does not mention tithe.  Giving to charity is completely different than paying a tithe. A tithe is ten percent of your gross income, given first.  It should be paid to your home church and only there.

The author does discuss giving and does a good job explaining different ways to give.

We really think that every adult should read  Flourish Financially.  You will want to give a copy of this to your parents and adult children.

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Book Review: 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh ISBN: 978-0-7788-0278-5

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Our family is mostly Irish.  Therefore, we love anything to do with a potato.  This is why 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh was such a great book for us.

Not only are there all kinds of easy to follow recipes in this book, there are also a lot of “fun facts” about the potato.  There is sort or a Ripley’s Believe It Or Else” section in the front of the book where readers are treated to some little known facts about the potato.

These recipes are easy to follow with a good bit of detail for each recipe.  It makes following the steps so easy even a husband could follow them.

We think you will love 300 Best Potato Recipes like we do.  We give it all five stars and a slab of bacon.

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Book Review: The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard

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For some time now, The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard has been a part of our lives here at McClendon Villa.  We would love to tell you that we read it every day, but that would not be the case; we do slip up from time to time.

We love the way this devotion has a different devotion for every day of the year, except February 29.  On leap day, we just have to read the devotion for a different day twice that year. That also makes it a good day to catch up on any that got missed due to life’s challenges.

We believe this devotion written, in part, by the inspirational Zig Ziglar, makes a great source for daily devotions to be read together by the whole family, including pets.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:15 KJV

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:15 NIV

These devotions, like most others, are short and to the point.  This makes it good for reading to the family since those young ones with short attention spans aren’t apt to lose focus during the reading.

We have been big fans of the late Zig Ziglar for many years and are glad that he put his time, along with that of Dwight “Ike” Reighard, into creating this book for us.

This would make a lovely gift for anyone, especially in the imitation leather binding.

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Book Review: God Finds Us: A Book about Being Found by Kristen McCurry Illustrated by Jennifer Hilton ISBN: 978-1-5064-1045-6


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If you are a grandparent, by now you have read and seen just about every kids book there is.  Isn’t it great when you find a book that is age appropriate for a very young child that teaches about God while teaching the child other things, too?

You don’t have to have a degree in child psychology to know that peekaboo is fun for the child AND the adult.  But, it teaches the child about object permanence.

God Finds Us helps children to learn that just because they can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  Once you have taught the child that, good luck on convincing them that one of those blue guys from the movie isn’t hiding in his closet.

Once the child learns that just because they cannot see something that minute doesn’t mean it no longer exists, the child can more easily understand that God is there even when we don’t see Him.

This book will make a great gift for your child, grandchild, or other child.

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Book Review: Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett ISBN: 978-1-939924-68-1

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Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett is a quick little book, loaded with helpful information for someone looking to get started on their family history adventure.

How to name your files consistently and organize your records; how to tame the paper monster; citing your sources; what to pack in your genealogy road trip kit, and the importance of answering for our children the questions that we can no longer ask of our forefathers…all this and more are found in this book.

For a beginner, it is a good starting point. For the experienced genealogist, it is a good reminder of what we should be doing along the way to make things easier for future family researchers, and for ourselves as we get older.

It took me a bit longer than 30 minutes to read, but I tend to slow down and take my time with anything genealogy-related. Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is worth the time spent to read it.

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Guest Post: 3 Tips For Finding Your Career Passion And Running With It


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The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.

3 Tips For Finding Your Career Passion And Running With It

Abby Sutton didn’t know it yet, but her career plans were fated to veer off in a new direction the moment she signed up for a college class in Russian fairy tales.

“It was a random thing,” says Sutton, who is now an account strategist for Google.

She was a pre-med major at the University of Pittsburgh, but the fairy tales course sounded interesting enough to round out her class schedule as an elective. One day in the class fairy tales took a backseat as someone made a presentation about College Works Painting (www.collegeworks.com), an internship program that provides practical business experience for college students.

Sutton was intrigued.

“I realized this could help make my medical school application different from everyone else’s,” she says. “I would have a better chance of getting into med school.”

She signed on and soon the undergraduate student was learning to run her own business, and managing a crew painting houses in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. She learned to sell her services to homeowners, plan a budget, estimate expenses, and hire and manage employees. It was such a life-changing experience that Sutton switched her major to business administration, happily giving up her plans to become a doctor.

“What we try to do is give students a truly entrepreneurial experience,” says Matt Stewart, co-CEO of College Works Painting. “For employers, the most impressive recent college graduates are those who are both ambitious and have a proven track record through hands-on leadership experiences.”

Based on her College Works Painting experience, Sutton offers a few career tips for college students and for young adults just getting started in the workforce:

  • Be open to alternatives. College students often are just 18 years old when they choose a major and begin mapping out their careers.  But those decisions are based on limited life experiences, so students should never close the door to other possibilities, Sutton says.
  • Make the most of every minute. Time management is critical for any job and something many college students and young professionals struggle with. Sutton says she learned to make good use of what others might consider downtime. She even scheduled business phone calls during her 10-minute class changes at college. “You learn not to waste any seconds in a day,” Sutton says.
  • Don’t underestimate yourself. Sutton was 20 when College Works handed her the responsibility of being a district manager overseeing other interns, which meant she would mentor people her own age – or in some cases several years older. That was daunting – but not for long. “I was more worried going into it, but I came to realize their age didn’t matter,” she says. “A lot of times they had more respect for me because of it. I would be talking to a 26-year-old guy who would blown away that this was a 20-year-old girl doing this. They wanted to figure out what they could be doing differently so they could be in that spot.”

Sutton’s medical school plans and those Russian fairy tales are just memories now, but the College Works Painting experience still influences her every day.

“It was the best decision I’ve made and it changed the course of my life,” Sutton says. “I realized how much I loved sales and business. If I hadn’t done that I would be miserable reading science books right now.”

About College Works Painting

College Works Painting (www.collegeworks.com), founded in 1993, provides real-world business experience for thousands of college students each year. The award-winning internship program also offers high-quality house-painting services for homeowners. The company operates in more than 35 states, hires more than 2,000 students each year, and paints more than 10,000 homes annually.
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Book Review: Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper ISBN: 978-1-946885-78-4


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Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?  Do you believe there is something special about a black cat?  If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you must read Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper.

It isn’t a long read.  In fact, it is only 47 small, heart-tugging pages long.  The story is absolutely great and seems to be very heartfelt.

I, David, was never much of a cat person, as anyone who has read my blog knows.  However, I know how one little frail kitty, who had to be bottle fed when we rescued him, a little black and white kitty put the “come hither” on me and changed my heart forever.  

Homer, an old, blind, black cat will get into your heart, rip it out, and put it in a headlock while you feel so warm inside and, at the same time, want to bawl your eyes out.  

If you are looking for a little touch of Christmas cheer in a short book that will melt your heart, Homer and the Holiday Miracle is the book for you.

 

Gwen Cooper donates 10% of her royalties on all book sales to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.

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