More Than Just Making It
“More Than Just Making It, Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated”, by Erin Odom is part memoir, and part advice book for those who are financially hurting.
Overview of the book
I knew of the author from her blog thehumbledhomemaker.com so I was interested in reading her book. The book begins with a personal story and reads almost like a fiction book, so I was initially hooked.
After the first few chapters, the personal story went to a more informative, non-fiction voice. The book continues this way. The author interweaves her family’s personal struggles with finances with practical tips and advice for those who are struggling financially.
The book is packed with ideas about how to save money and pinch pennies. Although that isn’t the season of my life right now, there are ideas for everyone. But this book isn’t simply a money management book if it were it wouldn’t have kept my interest.
What kept me reading…
I wanted to hear more of Erin’s personal voice and her own story. The author has a captivating voice and is a great storyteller. She told her personal story with great heart and makes her readers feel compassion for her.
Erin tells of the embarrassment and shame of paying for her groceries with WIC checks and of applying to be on public assistance for food stamps. She describes the impatience, stares, and glares of other customers and of the store clerks. The book challenges those who have not been in this situation to examine our own preconceived notions of others and to give others grace. We are gently reminded to check our own judgment towards others.
The ending is hardly a secret if you have browsed through the online world much. Erin has a successful blog thehumbledhomemaker.com. Her blog has allowed her family to dig themselves out of debt and even employ herself and her husband full time. She dispenses some advice near the end of the book about how to grow a side gig into a full-time business.
“More Than Just Making It” would be a comfort to read for those who feel like they are drowning in debt and do not know where to turn. The author has been there and has found a way out. The advice is practical. Perhaps, you do not know how to begin, this book does have easy ideas to implement. The tone is loving and encouraging.
This book reminded me that all gifts, including financial stability, come from God. We are challenged to rely on God and see where his hidden gifts to us are each day. This is a lesson I can learn from any season of my life.