Recommended Library

This list of books is meant to help people who want to better their relationship with money. I have recommended these particular titles because I think they will do the most good for the most amount of people. Some of them will be helpful to you, personally, others will not. But each has something to offer, and generally quite a bit.

How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously

This is the book, the one that is absolutely necessary.

Earn What You Deserve: How to Stop Underearning and Start Thriving

If earning is an issue, you’ll want this one.

Making Peace with Money

For doing just what the title says – creating a relationship with money that is free of stress, fear, or discomfort and that is instead satisfying, pleasurable, and life enhancing.  This book deepens and expands recovery from debt and underearning.

To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop

Best book I know on compulsive or chronic shopping and spending.

What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Want to find a job, change jobs, switch your career? This book has been helping people do that for years.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

Effective cognitive techniques for overcoming the depression and anxiety that often plague people in debt.

Letting Go of Debt: Growing Richer One Day at a Time

Daily meditations and suggestions for people in debt. An excellent companion to How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously.

The Richest Man in Babylon

A slim volume on personal finance presented in the style of parables.  Clear, comprehensive treatment of basic principles.  Effective and useful.

One Minute Wisdom

Small parable/lessons drawn from the mystical traditions of the East and West. Pleasurable and illuminating.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

A powerful program out of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for easing and grounding yourself, using a secular approach to meditation.

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

Simple introduction to investing – safely. Clear, basic, and sound.

Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time

Increased vitality, steadier emotions, better psychological balance.  This book will help you establish those. Its techniques are simple and easy to implement.

Solve Your Money Troubles: Debt, Credit & Bankruptcy

Legal strategies for coping with debts of various kinds, from student loans to alimony. Good short-term nuts-and-bolts material.

How to Meditate

A classic. One of the earliest books on meditation in the U.S., this remains an excellent introduction to the subject and its practice.  A very good place to start.

Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

Debtors sometimes have a problem with clutter. Underearners often do. Eliminating it or even lessening it can help backwards, up the line to money.

Shelter for the Spirit: Create Your Own Haven in a Hectic World

Graceful, pleasant.  The book instructs gently and effectively on how to transform one’s home into a place of peace and comfort, into what Thomas Moore, in his forward, calls “deep home.”

Money and the Meaning of Life

Man, says Needleman, a philosopher and professor of comparative religion, is unlikely to be successful in a spiritual quest unless he can deal effectively with the fundamental issue of money, which has come to contain practically the whole of human activity. Insightful, wise.

Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition

Excellent for all-around physical well-being.


Psychologically, philosophically, spiritually brilliant.  Many translations.  I favor Maxwell Staniforth’s.

The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them

There are certain “givens” in life – everything changes and ends, for example – that we simply cannot stop or alter, no matter how much we want to. These five are among the most powerful. How we respond to them influences and even sometimes dictates how happy we will be.

The Wall Street Journal. Complete Personal Finance Guidebook

A readable introduction to contemporary personal finance. Easy to follow, covering all the basics from banking, home-buying, and insurance to mutual funds, taxes, college tuition, and retirement plans. A good foundation.

The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need

This is an important book. Blaming neither consumers’ lack of discipline nor powerful and pervasive advertising for the problem, the conclusions Schor draws – she is a leisure economist and university professor – as to why spending is now the ultimate social act are original, compelling, and valuable.

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood

Unfortunately the title has become a catch phrase over the past decade, with millions of people tossing it around as if that were all there was to know about it.There’s much more to it than Just up and quitting your job to do what you love. Sinetar lays out a careful plan that, if followed, will help.

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

There are many millionaires in the country today.  Most don’t live flashily and 80 percent are self-made, didn’t inherit any of their wealth. This excellent, comprehensive study of who the millionaires really are, how they live, and how they got that way will surprise most people. Revelatory.

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

The most recent edition of a very good book that comes close to living up to its title.  Amusingly written and sound, most of it deals with clear, accessible, down-to-earth investment strategies, with some good comments on dealing with money in general to boot.