Recently, I was chosen to be part of a book launch team for Christian blogger Erin Odom, who has written a memoir of her time struggling financially and the stigma amongst Christians and those on government assistance such as Medicaid and other welfare programs. She includes a few tips on how she’s stretched her budget, but most of the book is her personal story and then a call to fellow Christians to rethink how they treat people in need of assistance. Chances are, there are more Christians on government aid than you realize despite the shame and guilt of the stigma they place on it.
The book is called, “More Than Just Making It,” and you can click on the title to be taken the website where you can learn more including where to purchase it if the book sounds like a good fit for you or someone you know. I would recommend it for Christians that maybe need that uncomfortable nudge to check themselves and how they treat the poor in their community. If you are not a Christian, you could still find this book a decent look into the thought process of some of the faith community, and as a personal story of a Christian coming to terms with their own judgments and working to correct them. There are potential points of contention in the book for non-religious persons, but if you read it with an open mind and realize that even baby steps in the right direction are progress, it can still make for a fair read. I am told that Erin is going to be following this book up with a more practical guide with actionable steps for those struggling with debt.
If you decide to purchase this book, I would highly recommend doing so as a pre-order. The author has paired with several brands to provide over $200 worth of bonuses for those that pre-order the book before its release date of September 5th. I’ve included the graphic here, but some of the bonuses include two free months membership to the website, You Need a Budget, as well as a little soap and lip balm gift set. Considering the book is less than $12, these pre-order bonuses are pretty amazing.
Being a part of this launch and reading this book has gotten me thinking about times when I’ve been judged and times when I’ve been judgmental of others. It is an incredibly easy trap to fall into as humans, but it is imperative that we all get better at acknowledging when we do this and actively start correcting this behavior. I truly believe part of the problems we have in the world today are a direct result of us never stepping out of our comfort zones and bubbles we’ve built up around us in the name of our race, our societal norms, our religion, et cetera. Now believe me when I say I have no desire to go down the political road here on this blog, and I fully understand that many things are so much more complicated than I can even comprehend myself sometimes (because remember, I’m human and make judgments and only have my own set of beliefs and experiences to go from), but I think it could be a good start for us all to get a little more introspective.
I appreciate that Erin takes a step out of her comfort zone and not only addresses an issue but admits that she herself has been guilty of the same judgments. This book is only one step, and there’s so far to go in this broken world, but I’m glad she’s started. My wish is that we could all take those first steps, whatever they may be, and keep going.
I find myself drawn more to quiet space and time these days, in the form of reading, meditation, or simply turning off the technology. These book launches have been a great way to use that time, and I’m thankful for the authors and publishers for making this possible. If you haven’t had the chance to read a book before it releases like I have, a fantastic way to keep reading inexpensively is get down to your local library! I’ve mentioned it before, and I still have a post planned on other things your library provides besides books, but it never hurts to plug it again. When your collection is reaching staggering heights like mine, it’s imperative to find cheaper ways to get your hands on books. Your local library is a phenomenal resource for your mind and your wallet. 😊 Be sure to let me know what you’re reading now, and your favorite way to get your hands on new books!