Archives For A Couple with Common Cents

couple-common-cents-book-coverUpdate: A third award came in after I published this post. The 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards gave me Honorable Mention in the Home category as well.

Two organizations have awarded prizes this month for my fiction book, A Couple with Common Cents. One award is for book design, and another award is for the story.

The 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest named A Couple with Common Cents as a finalist in the Best Overall Design Fiction category. This award includes a medal and recognition at a ceremony in New York City on May 31 in conjunction with Book Expo America.

In addition, the 2017 Missouri Writers Guild President’s Contest awarded this book Second Place Fiction Short Story. The award was announced at the Guild’s annual conference on May 6 in Columbia, Missouri. This award includes a cash prize.

I was excited when I found out I received these awards! The team at Morgan James Publishing did a great job with the cover and interior layout.

Built around themes of perseverance, faith, and mentoring, A Couple With Common Cents: A Short Story About Abundant Hope in Your Family Finances provides practical advice to couples. This inspirational story will guide readers to rebuild the bridges of communication with their spouses about money.

The book is available in fine bookstores everywhere and online:

Amazon Paperback | Kindle | iTunes/Apple iBooks | Books-a-Million | Barnes & Noble Paperback | Nook | Indigo.ca | IndieBound | Powell’s Books

“Very true to life”

Ryan Eidson  —  February 8, 2017

couple-common-cents-book-coverI love this book! It’s a great example of a young couple dealing with finances. I believe it’s very true to life. And as a wife who deals with the money and budget in our marriage, I definitely could relate to her feelings on a lot of things.”

“The book is good at showing the different ways of thinking about money, with one person more concerned about security and the other just happy with the status quo and thinking debt is the way to go, just because it’s always been that way.”

“I recommend the book as a good example of how one family worked together to learn about finances and changed their thinking to make things better.”

—from Lee Broom‘s review of A Couple with Common Cents

Do you have a new year’s resolution (or two)?

Right now the gyms (such as the YMCA) are full of clients. Interest goes up for money, budgets, and getting out of debt at this time of year. Many people look for better jobs, completing their college degree, or looking for new life opportunities now that it is early January.

However, most people don’t do anything about their resolutions after February comes.

Why not? Continue Reading…

Watch this encouraging video if you’re in a journey to get rid of debt.

“This book speaks to my journey….I couldn’t believe how it spoke to me.”—Rodney Sheley

Watch the video above, or read the following transcript of Rodney’s video testimonial/book review of A Couple with Common Cents:

Hi, I’m Rodney Sheley.

I want to talk to you about a very special book that really ministered to me in my life. It’s called A Couple with Common Cents. The reason I want to talk to you about this book: it’s not just for couples, not just for people planning on getting married. It’s for anybody who is thinking about taking a spiritual move and taking hold of their finances and just experiencing the abundant life right here on earth (you don’t have to wait to come into the fullness of God, until you die, thank God!). Continue Reading…

We forget that money gives its value – that someone exchanged work for it.

Quote about money by Neal O’Hara

The following is an excerpt from the study guide portion of my latest book, A Couple with Common Cents.

As I observe marriage relationships, I find that one spouse likes to take more risks than the other. This is true in my own marriage.

But each spouse also has his and her own ways of taking risks that the other person does not.

Perhaps you love to travel, explore new places, or climb mountains like my wife, Lori. When you take a first glance at us, you might think she’s the one prone to more “risk,” if you just look at what she likes to talk about or how she drives the car.

Or perhaps you can handle more fiscal risk. You spend money on investments or opportunities that don’t have a clear guarantee. There’s a huge upside if it goes right, but there’s also potential for loss.

In your marriage, I would bet that one of you is financially more conservative than the other. One of you likes to save, while the other one spends. One of you will give away all your money, while the other one says, “Slow down!” Continue Reading…