A while back, I posted a list of books I was looking forward to reading, and I’m happy to say that this one has arrived.
About the Author
I have so much respect and admiration for Crystal. I met her at the Allume conference in 2012, at a time when I was beginning to be a bit disillusioned with the Christian blogging world. While other big bloggers were keeping to their cliques, Crystal was mingling with small time bloggers and trying to give us whatever tips and encouragement she could manage over lunch.
I’ve seen that generous spirit in her over and over as she has quietly ministered to others. To be honest, the Christian blogging world is a harsher place than I would have imagined and Crystal’s genuine caring spirit is refreshing.
Her blog is Money Saving Mom, but her expertise is so much more than that! She does have some great frugal tips, coupon tips, and deals. However, she also has great posts about goal-setting, ways to earn money, household management, and time management.
About the Book
I’ve seen all sorts of unethical stuff when it comes to marketing, sadly, even from Christian bloggers. But when Crystal posted about Money Making Mom on her blog, here’s what she said:
I only want you to buy this book if you feel it’s truly a good fit for you or someone you know. If it’s not a good fit or it’s not in the budget, I totally, totally get that. And I don’t want you spend your money on it.
Why? Because she cares about people. And she has shown that you can have success, even without forsaking your integrity and values.
This is one of my favorite things from the book. Yes, there are lots of tips for earning money. More specifically, she shares a lot of trial and error when it comes to deciding how to earn money. She shares her own stories, and those of others, and gives strategies and encouragement for finding what would be a good fit for you.
However, tucked throughout the book is something even more important than the practical advice–heart. Crystal encourages readers to think about things beyond profit.
That’s not to say that there isn’t practical information in this book, there is. However, everything is kept in its proper place, and as any work-at-home mom knows, that’s one of the biggest hurdles.
- Family is more important than making money.
- Integrity is more important than making money.
- Giving back is more important than having more money.
Crystal has seen many women struggling, and she wants to help them and empower them. Her generous spirit comes through in this book, even the subtitle indicates this, “How every woman can earn more and make a difference.” I truly believe that this title reflects Crystal’s heart, and I pray that spirit will influence and encourage every person who picks it up. I know it was an encouragement to me.