New York Times best selling author and CSI: NY actor Hill Harper shares personal anecdotes in his latest book on the real meaning of being wealthy. is not a traditional financial literacy book, but it will help you control your finances.
Harper guides his readers to reevaluate their take on money. Coming from a family full of doctors and having been diagnosed with cancer, Harper writes about money as if it were someone’s health in need of treatment plan:
Our society is addicted to debt, and, exacerbating that problem, we live in a culture that associates material objects — “bling” — with success. Those two factors have led us to overvalue money. So much so that in many ways we “chase paper” just as intently as
substance addicts chase their next fix. Our relationship with money borders upon addiction, and so many of the problems we see today, individually and collectively, are the result of this craving. We make irrational and often destructive choices because we have given money and its pursuit too much value.
The 264-page book is divided into four wealth cure stages that consist of a diagnosis of your monetary health, treatment for whatever may be hurting your wealth, compliance to stick to your plan, and maintaining your health and wealth to thrive. When his father died, Harper sought comfort in an expensive vintage car, a passion his father shared. Harper takes the reader on a journey of reflection filled with advice from family, friends, and the Bible.
This book is not for those looking for a quick fix. It’s for those who desire to take the right steps to true wealth with the help of money. Inside, you’ll find charts to start a financial plan, tips on investing on life insurance, having a will and an emergency fund, as well as steps to get out of credit card debt.
Let us know how you define wealth by Thursday Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST for a chance to win my review copy. Winners will be announced Friday. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the book and read more about Harper’s journey and money advice, you can purchase a new copy on for $14.35 (orig. $26).