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Financial Peace Revisited

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  12,780 ratings  ·  678 reviews
Dave Ramsey knows what it's like to have it all. By age twenty-six, he had established a four-million-dollar real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age thirty. He has since rebuilt his financial life and, through his workshops and his New York Times business bestsellers Financial Peace and More than Enough, he has helped hundreds of thousands of people to understand the forces behind th ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 30th 2002 by Viking (first published 1992)
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May 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Since I've been in the middle of a lot of money trouble, a friend of mine lent me this book as well as a little cash to make it through my next set of bills. I figured I owed him enough to at least read the book.
I can't tell you how annoying it was to read this thing, which is clearly just a collection of transcribed parts of Ramsey's seminars and radio shows from the 1990s. So he gives us some moderately sound financial advice: Get out of debt, or better yet, don't go into it. Save where
Timothy S.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved every part of it. I like how Dave covered everything from getting out of debt, to staying out of debt, to money for singles, married, divorced, etc., to building wealth. My favorite things about this book were how Dave explained The power of compound interest and mutual funds when they're working for you. I know I'll be putting large amounts of money into savings and mutual funds. I also know I will be very tight on enjoyment spending during college so I don't need to get student loans. ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Lots of tips and tricks about handling money. Definitely a good follow up to Total money makeover.
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
Dave Ramsey has taken a tested and true set of principles, threw some scripture quotes in, and called it "Financial Peace." And that's fine, because if it helps to get people to get their cash flow under control, more power to him.

As a representative of the genre this book belongs to, it really is not bad. Usually in books of this nature the author will attempt to establish his credibility by telling you, in 1/2 the book, his story. (For extreme examples of this, please see the "4 ho
Indy Hart
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reading-group
"I get it. Thanks."
That was my overall feeling while reading Financial Peace Revisited. This book is a near copy of the other books pushed out by Dave Ramsey. His book "Total Money Makeover" had been suggested to me and then read and reviewed before.

Financial Peace Revisited had a few extra insights in it that I enjoyed, but I probably wouldn't have done anything more th
Jermaine Gayle
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Found the author's podcast recently during one of my long trips on the road. After listening I was determined to get a hold of this book. Now that I've read it, I do see the need for proper management of what God has given to us in the form of money. Money is a gift and the principles outlined here are a good guide to managing your finances. This is a must have if you are; trying to stay out of debt, trying to build wealth, and ultimately trying to serve God with what He has allowed you to have.
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 2005 while attending "Financial Peace University" at my church. The combination helped me change the direction of my financial life, motivated me to pay off all my debts, helped me become a much better saver, and equipped me with the knowledge to help several of my friends become debt-free too! I highly recommend this book and the FPU course to anyone that does not have a financial plan for their life, and I am more than willing to share what I have learned and help you get t ...more
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads, finance
Common sense and practical financial information and advice that most people already know , but don't always follow. The back of the book contains a myriad of worksheets to help you after you read. Dave's wife, Sharon, comments at the end of every chapter, which wasn't very informative or interesting. Otherwise, a decent primer for the average Joe to refresh his financial saavy or learn it new.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While some info in this is slightly dated the advice remains relevant. While we have slowly and admittedly inconsistently practiced the advice offered, already it has helped me be aware of money like never before. Definitely something or everyone in this book, from the struggling millennial to the baby boomer unable to retire. Financial Peace offers everything in the title and more.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lorelei by: Diana
Shelves: nonfiction
I assume that there is a need for a book such as this - in fact I'm sure of it, given how many copies have been sold. But I am not the target audience. There is nothing here that is new to me, and I found it tedious, repetitive and unhelpful. I don't like being this harsh, but it is the truth.
Chad Simons
I read a Ramsey book a few years ago, and it was really good financial advice, so I decided to give this one a listen, to refresh my mind on some of his principles. He has great ideas, some are very extreme though. His money saving stuff is good advice for all of us, but when he says to sale the car and pay off the loan and then buy a junker that you do not have to have payments for, I have a hard time. Junkers, in my experience, have been money pits for me. Basically, I listened to his book and ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is incredibly outdated (I read a 2003 edition in 2019 so it is possible my library did not have a newer edition). The examples used and the audience he is speaking to have not been updated and felt out of sync. Also, multiple times throughout the book there would be a sentence or phrase that was very poorly phrased and I kept asking myself how this got past the editor. For example at the beginning of Chapter Twenty One: Baby Steps he states "The end of our large day-long seminars leave ...more
Maddy B
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this for school but I really enjoyed it. It's definitely a book that has helped me understand money a little better and I HIGHLY recommend that every person read it.
Carol Blakeman
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, finance
Not a lot I hadn't heard before, but a good review and written in a way that is engaging with good real-life examples.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really do love this program..I need to figure out a way to manage this and do all of the financial things that are really necessary when we all die.
Logan Hughes
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrift
This is one of the classic layman personal finance manuals, focusing on getting out of debt, reducing spending, saving for a rainy day, and building a retirement nest egg. Ramsey's advice is for the most part solid, although he can be extreme with his anti-debt stance (he even wants you to pay off your mortgage ASAP). His investment advice is iffier and betrays some basic but common misunderstandings of the way the stock market works, but is mostly harmless. I would be comfortable recommending t ...more
Stephen Lubin
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I got introduced to Dave Ramsey with "The Total Money Makeover" audiobook and I thought it was fantastic. It left me wanting more and I immediately started Financial Peace. Financial peace is a good book, it has solid financial advice and if someone can incorporate the principals in their life then they will be better off. Although the principals are simple and straightforward they are hard to consistently practice... at least they are for me.

Unfortunately for me, this book is not nearly as goo
Overall this was okay, but you can really tell it was written in the '90s (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, urgh!), but the principles are sound. But I recommend either listening to the podcast or just watching the Financial Peace course online since that's more 21-century friendly.
Leisha Wharfield
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I would like to list here the "baby steps" toward financial peace listed in chapter 21, because that's really all anyone needs to read of this book to get started, but I'm afraid that would violate Mr. Ramsey's copyright, and I won't do that to anyone, especially Mr. Ramsey and his wife, who I respect. Yes, the entire program is founded on Christian belief, which includes tithing to one's church. If you're a pagan like me, you may choose to tithe to charities that provide food, clothing, shelter ...more
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has any debt or wants to build wealth
If someone is in dire straits financially, this book is invaluable for tips, strategy and plain common sense for savings and dumping debt. His baby steps for financial peace are applicable to anyone in any circumstance, especially the emergency fund in a money market account and the debt snowball. However, I do believe that he is legalistic in some of the minute details of those steps. For someone who has never paid a penny of credit card interest in 12 years, but who enjoys free money from the ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dave Ramsey knows what it's like to have it all. By age twenty-six, he had established a four-million-dollar real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age thirty. He has since rebuilt his financial life and, through his workshops and his New York Times business bestsellers Financial Peace and More than Enough, he has helped hundreds of thousands of people to understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right-financially, emotionally, and spiritually.In this new edi ...more
Jared Kessler
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE in debt and wanting to pay it of.
Recommended to Jared by: "The Billionaire"
There are few books that are as straight and to the point about money, and getting out of debt as this one. I read A LOT of books on how to get out of debt, but honestly, this is the only one that worked.

More importantly, Dave Ramsey has the personal experience in applying what he teaches, and although there aren't any "smoke and mirrors," if you do what he says, I think you will agree that this is by far the best book on building wealth, paying off debts AND living on a cash only system.

Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although I'm not 100 % agreed on what Dave Ramsey said but I found that collection worth reading or even listen to it on your way to work . I enjoy it very much specially he told us a wonderful stories such the story of orange in negotiation section . He had lots of ideas on budgeting like envelope for every monthly expenses " I tried it & it work !!" . The last story he says it about giving to the poor which happen to his amazing little child was superb " I cannot stop my tears ". Dave was ...more
Trevor Acy
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after I began listening to Dave Ramsey. Now I am rereading it while leading his Financial Peace University. The information in this book is worth millions of dollars if you get it. There's no reason any one can't become a millionaire. I highly suggest going thru this book and FPU.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
very good. could use some detailed scenarios that might come up with budgeting like dealing with biweekly paychecks.
Bruce Thomas
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Geared for a bit simple-minded audience.
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good, realistic advice. It all makes sense.
Julia Blanchard
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If everyone would get out of debt and stop paying intrest to creditors, there would be so much money freed up to do good in the world.
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
If I had only been taught these steps in jr. high and high school I would be independently wealthy today. Ramsey is a money genius.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-finance
Another great book by Dave.
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Dave Ramsey, the nationally-syndicated radio host of "The Money Game" and bestselling author, has helped thousands through Financial Peace University-a 12-week financial planning program. He presents seminars in churches and corporations throughout the country. He holds a degree in finance and real estate and lives with his family in Nashville Tennessee.
“That stupid saying "What you don't know can't hurt you" is ridiculous. What you don't know can kill you. If you don't know that tractor trailer trucks hurt when hitting you, then you can play in the middle of the interstate with no fear - but that doesn't mean you won't get killed.” 32 likes
“Measure your wealth not by the things you have, but by the things for which you would not take money.” 8 likes
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