It was noon on a Sunday, and I was volunteering at our local homeless shelter with friends. We were preparing and serving lunch. My job was to serve in the chapel—the room was reserved for those who needed extra help. It had been a busy day, and just as we were about to close down, two young people walked in. I went over to ask if they would like some water to drink, and there sat two of my college students. Our eyes locked, and they quickly looked away. I brought them both glasses of water and asked if I could join them.
We spoke and laughed about life. They complained about the home-work and the readings. We shared a cup of tea, and then they left, say-ing, “See you tomorrow, Miss.”
That evening, I sat down and began to write this book and workbook. I was so inspired that two of my students were working so hard to get ahead and get an education while living on the streets. I wondered how they submitted their assignments, where they studied, and how they managed to always be so cheerful in class. I wanted to teach then so much more…
…and that is how It Is Only Money, and It Grows on Trees! began.
This book is for anyone who is sacrificing to build a better future. When we learn to break free of our patterns and choose to recognize that money is just a resource, we too can become rich and truly enjoy today.
As you journey, check out ItIsOnlyMoney.com for ideas, suggestions, and other tools, such as this workbook, to help you achieve your goals.
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About the Author
Cara MacMillan, MBA, is a thought leader in sustainability and financial management. As an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada, her vision is to empower people to think and act for themselves financially. Cara has the privilege of teaching and learning with courageous indi-viduals who are committed to making a difference for themselves, their world, and future generations. As a thought leader, Cara regularly publishes in the areas of personal finance and investments. Cara lives in Ottawa with her life partner and best friend, David, and their two children. On weekends, you can find her hik-ing through the beautiful Gatineau Park. CaraMacMillan.com
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite It Is Only Money: And It Grows on Trees! is a non-fiction business/finance book written by Cara P. MacMillan. The story takes place in a classroom where a teacher named Catherine has written the word, Money, in large capital letters on the blackboard. She invites her students to help her define what money is, while cautioning them that none of the answers they might come up with will be wrong. The students propose varying answers, and Catherine explains how each of these different definitions comes from our cultural, religious, family, and economic backgrounds. By discussing each person's views on money, she and the class will finally arrive at a general definition that embraces each of those ideas. Catherine tells the class about the rise of the concept and importance of money as industrialization took hold in society, and how the crash of the stock market and resulting Great Depression gave rise to fears about money and statements such as 'it doesn't grow on trees.' Then she explores how the concept of money and wealth is considered by the various religions of the world and comes up with ideas on how to increase one's own wealth. Cara P. MacMillan's It Is Only Money: And It Grows on Trees! is a well-written and imaginative multi ethnic and multi cultural look at acquiring wealth. I loved the give and take between Catherine, the teacher, and the diverse group of students who are in her class. Through this device, the author explores the role of money in Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religions, and discusses how the biblical story, The Parable of the Talents, can be used as a way to explore one's own talents and ability to actively make money. MacMillan's thoughts on passive income streams, investments, and finding one's passion as opposed to merely doing a job one hates are well-presented and include cautions about the hidden charges and fees that may deplete your savings or investments. Her ideas on possible cottage industries had me brainstorming and thinking about growing my own money tree. It Is Only Money: And It Grows on Trees! is highly recommended.