Monday, May 03, 2010

Book Review: Divannomics

The subtitle of this latest book by Michelle McKinney Hammond is "How to Still be Fabulous When You're Broke" and she is pretty fabulous.  But girlfriend, I have mixed feelings about this book.

Michelle McKinney Hammond has written an overview of how to live large on a small budget.  She gives some sound advice: shop at discount stores, separate your wants from your needs, clip coupons, don't buy more than you can afford.  She encourages women to focus on their relationship with God over their relationship with credit cards. 

More autobiography than advice, some of her tips are definitely big city, single gal: make dinner out of cocktail hour snacks in hotel lobbies.  This won't work for the mom schlepping it out in the suburbs.  Never having had the lifestyle Ms. Hammond once enjoyed, I found my self thinking "I already knew that" through most of the book.

However, she has an incredibly warm and engaging style that makes me want to read more of her writing or hear her speak at a conference.  I'd recommend this book for Divas whose fortunes have fallen with the stock market.  For the rest of us middle class folks, I say "Girlfriend, we're way ahead of you."

Divanomics: How to still be fabulous when you're broke, by Michelle McKinney Hammond, Tyndale House Publishers, 2010.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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