Did you know many members of our team are avid readers? Whether it is a good story or a book to help us improve as planners, you will often find our noses in a book during our downtime. Today we thought we would share our latest book reviews with you. We’d love to hear what you’ve been reading as well in the comments below!

Harold W. Kirschner, MBA, CFP®

Leisure Book:
The Martian: A Novel
by Andy Weir

Harold’s Thoughts:
Very entertaining science fiction book that reinforces the premise that all problems are solvable.

Business or Finance Book:
The Richest Man in Babylon
by George Samuel Clason

Harold’s Thoughts:
An excellent easy- to-read financial advice historical fiction book set in the times of ancient Babylon.

Joel B. Javer, CLU, CFP®

Leisure Book:
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
by Kevin Fedarko

Joel’s Thoughts:
Fascinating account and detailed description of the river ride through the Grand Canyon.

Business or Finance Book:
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
by Liaquat Ahamed

Joel’s Thoughts:
Intriguing reveal of the economic disaster of the Great Depression and the potential undermining of today’s global economy.

Mimi Hackley, MPH, CFP®

Leisure Book:
Isabella: The Warrior Queen
by Kirstin Downey

Mimi’s Thoughts:

This is a fascinating and well-researched account of Queen Isabella’s contributions during her reign in Spain. My history lessons downplayed and somewhat vilified Queen Isabella, yet more recent research indicates that she played a tremendous role, much to the positive, throughout her reign and helped shape much of the future of Spain, Europe, England and the New World.

Business or Finance Book:
Practicing Positive Leadership: Tools and Techniques That Create Extraordinary Results
by Kim Cameron

Mimi’s Thoughts:
Practicing Positive Leadership brings home the value of emphasizing the many strengths within a company to enhance a culture of overall positivity, collaboration and innovation.

Karlton Childress, CFP®

Business or Finance Book:
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

Karlton’s Thoughts:
This book did a good job of stressing the importance of having certain business conversations and how to approach these conversations.

Julie Fletcher, CFP®

Business or Finance Book:
The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life
by George Kinder

Julie’s Thoughts:
George Kinder’s book is a great read for anyone who is trying to find a deeper understanding of how and why we make financial decisions. This book may help you recognize old patterns or beliefs that you may not even have been aware of before reading.


So there’s a peek at what some of us have been reading. We look forward to hearing what you have been reading and adding your recommendations to our lists of books to read. Share in the comments below!

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