Many of us feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with our personal finances. We wonder if we will ever experience financial freedom. We want to make wise decisions and spend money on what matters, but we just don’t know how.
Financial advisor Emily G. Stroud is a mom, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. She has two decades of experience with helping people make smart choices about money. She knows that money can be one of the great causes of stress in life—but that it doesn’t have to be that way. Finances, in fact, can be a great source of joy, security, and hope.
In Faithful Finance, Emily comes alongside you to:
- Develop a savings plan based on your unique goals
- Make a monthly budget that actually works for you
- Reduce your overall debt burden
- Plan for your children’s college years
- Insure your life without fear
- Leave a legacy through estate planning
- Encourage you to give generously
- And most importantly, discover the source of true wealth
Presented in a conversational style, this practical guide offers ten life-changing secrets that work in every financial situation, for every income level, at every stage of life. With engaging stories and practical examples, Emily empowers you to make choices that will allow you and your loved ones to enjoy financial freedom for years to come.
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About the Author
Emily G. Stroud owns and manages a boutique investment firm called Stroud Financial Management. She has been a Financial Advisor for nearly two decades. As both an MBA and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Stroud counsels people on how to handle their money, manage risk, and ensure a nice tidy retirement. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Table of Contents
1 Let a Professional Worry about Your Money So You Don't Have To
Secret #1 The Faithful Seek Out Wise Counsel 17
2 Cash Is King (or Queen)
Secret #2 The Faithful Create a Budget and Build Up a Cash Reserve 35
3 God Is a Good Gift Giver
Secret #3 The Faithful Give Generously and Prayerfully 51
4 Do Not Borrow from Peter to Pay Paul
Secret #4 The Faithful Manage Debt Carefully 61
5 Pay Yourself First
Secret #5 The Faithful Make a Savings Plan 77
6 Is Your Life Insured?
Secret #6 The Faithful Insure Themselves against Disaster 91
7 Nobody Got Rich Paying Too Much for a House
Secret #7 The Faithful Invest Wisely in Real Estate 117
8 When Can I Transition from Making Money to Spending It?
Secret #8 The Faithful Invest for Retirement 133
9 My Kids Want to Go to College. Now What?
Secret #9 The Faithful Save for College 167
10 Proper Estate Planning Is a Great Legacy
Secret #10 The Faithful Create an Estate Plan 181
Recommended Resources 201
Faithful Finance Launch Team 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book for the purpose of review from Handlebar Publishing I am required to read and review the book honestly. Emily Stroud is a practicing Certified Financial Planner and holds an MBA. She has practiced for over two decades in money matters. Emily presents an honest approach to stewardship. She has ten chapters which give secrets to financial freedom. First secret is "The Faithful Seek Out Wise Counsel", There are ten chapters that will take you from where you are to retirement age and beyond. Chapter 10-The Faithful Create an Estate Plan". I found the book worthy of reading and putting her ten secrets into practice.
FAITHFUL FINANCE has a friendly, across the table conversation type tone, but it doesn't really cover any new territory if you've read any books by Mary Hunt or Dave Ramsey on the topic of money. Good information for those who don't have a handle on how to manage money and would be ideal for those starting out -- young adults on their own, young couple starting out, or those who have run into financial trouble and are trying to dig themselves out. A good book full of basic information, but all wise advice. She teaches you how to budget, pay off debt, develop a savings plan, and more. I recommend FAITHFUL FINANCE as a good guide for those who want to learn how to budget, save, pay off debt, and more. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Faithful Finance is a game changer! Well done!!! I was so impressed with this book that I bought the audio version as well. Faithful Finance has been a great read and very informative. Emily Stroud has tackled an often difficult subject to discuss and made it easy to understand. It's easy to follow and I love the stories that she includes to help make the information more relatable. Mrs. Stroud is also a master at placing quotes and verses in just the right places. You can tell that she really knows her theology and is genuinely concerned that the reader understands the content. Hopefully, she will write a Study Guide or Bible Study to aid in extending her knowledge base. Whether you are about to retire or just starting out with your finances, this book is for you!