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The Secret Language of Money – Book Review and Giveaway

secretlanguageofmoneyIt has been a while since my last book review (in June) as my reading hobby has been on the back burner lately as my free time has been scarce.  Today’s review is about a book that focuses on money psychology and how it affects our lives.

The book is called “The Secret Language of Money” written by David Krueger and John David Mann.  As money psychology has been an interest of mine for the past little while (see what’s important about money to you), I found this book to be  a great read.  It’s not a typically personal finance book about numbers and retirement, but it does some digging into the root of our money decision making.

We’ll be giving away a couple copies of this book, scroll down to the end of the post to see how enter.  Even if you don’t win a copy, I suggest that you pick up a copy at your local library when it’s available, it’s well worth the read.

About the Authors:

According to the book:

David Krueger, M.D., formerly practiced and taught psychiatry and psychoanalysis for more than 25 years.  he is currently CEO of MentorPath, an executive coaching practice serving corporate executives and healing professionals.  he serves as mentor coach and dean of curriculum for the Coach Training Alliance.

John David Mann has been writing about business, leadership and the laws of success for more than 20 years. He is coauthor of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Go-Giver and the award winning A Deadly Misunderstanding and author of The Zen of MLM.

About the Book

The Secret Language of Money is about finding your “money story” to determine what’s holding you back.  Once that is determined (via various  questions and fill in the blanks), the author goes through the process of changing your money story to one which is in alignment with what you really want from life.

The Secret Language of Money is a guided tour to the subconscious meanings we give money, the conflicted ways our brain deals with money, the reasons we tend to make the same money mistakes over and over – and most importantly, how you can change all that.

The book is separated into 3 sections:

  1. Your Money Story – The 5 or so chapters in this section goes through various questions to ask yourself via various fill in the blanks.  This includes a chapter on what your existing money personality is.
  2. Plot Twists – In this section, the author goes through various examples of people and their money situations.  A story that stands out is the architect with a 7 figure net worth who kept setting higher and higher money goals, but could never get enough.  Of course every story has a lesson and how it applies to you.
  3. Writing a New Money Story – The last part of the book has a few chapters on more “fill in the blanks” to write your new money story.  Answering questions like, “how much is enough?”, “What are your passions?”.  In addition, it has a work sheet on how to set realistic goals.

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned above, if you have a personal finance book collection, this book would be a great addition.  At the very least, request it from your library to add to their collection.

The Secret Language of Money is all about challenging our existing (and stubborn) money beliefs, and what we can do to make long term changes for the better.

Want a Free Copy?

McGraw-Hill was generous in offering Million Dollar Journey readers the chance to win 2 copies of the book.  The details are below:

  1. Simply leave a comment and you’ll automatically be entered in the draw for a free copy.
  2. All email subscribers will receive an additional entry (we respect your privacy).
  • Please only 1 comment entry / person (please enter a valid email address).
  • Only those with a North American mailing address may enter (publisher rules, sorry).
  • Contest will end Sat 5pm EST Oct 10, 2009 and the winner announced shortly after!

If you would like to read more articles like this, you can sign up for my free weekly money tips newsletter below (we will never spam you).

FT About the author: FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

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  • Ben October 7, 2009, 9:15 am

    I think all of us could use some insight into why we are the way we are with our approaches to money, and what use we have for it.

  • Matt Hill October 7, 2009, 9:42 am

    Money psychology is one of those funny things that I find that impact many aspects of our decisions without even realizing its affect. So, if I can learn more about it with a free book, I would be all up for that!

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  • Steve October 7, 2009, 10:17 am

    Regarding the architect comment, since I’m hellbent on paying my mortgate off super-fast, my wife is concerned I won’t relax afterwards and will become hellbent on whatever the next thing is, probably some arbitrary networth figure.

  • ashley October 7, 2009, 10:22 am

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    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the contest.

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  • Sean October 7, 2009, 11:43 am

    I love a good giveaway!
    Im reading the 4 hour work week right now & Im finding it to be a bit of a load of crap. So I could use something new!

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    I anticipate the read…

  • Mike October 7, 2009, 11:48 am

    The book sounds pretty interesting.

  • Julie October 7, 2009, 11:49 am

    I would love the opportunity to explore hidden meanings I associate with money. It is about time that someone explained the psychology behind money.

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  • Lisa Hallman October 7, 2009, 11:55 am

    It’s on my reading list for my new website. Would definately love to have a copy. I’m in Canada!

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    I would love a copy of the book! Thanks

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  • Renate October 7, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Your description of the book certainly makes me think about why and how I spend my money and also how I feel as self-employed asking for payment for my services. I realized that there is lot more to this than I originally thought and that I definately need to look into this further. Thankyou for suggesting the book.

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  • Ken October 7, 2009, 12:05 pm

    how one does anything is how one does everything, so its good to find out the root of ones decision making when it involves money, hopefully then become more aware of this and make better financial decisions in the future.

  • Sam October 7, 2009, 12:07 pm

    All my life, I have tried to understand the psychology of money and how it affects people’s behaviour.
    Maybe this book is the answer. I would love to win it, read it and add it to my financial book collection.

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    Making a comment

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  • Allison October 7, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Very interesting topic – I’ve heard that risk tolerance shifts seasonally, altering portfolio structures (equities vs. bonds) and overall yields over time. We should all learn more about this to invest to our best ability!

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    Hope I win!

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  • Sandra October 7, 2009, 12:45 pm

    I have always thought that my outlook on money, what I’m ‘entitled’ to, and what financial security I need (in short, my money story), impacts my decisions relating to investments/saving and spending. The books sounds like a fabulous read.

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  • Alexandra October 7, 2009, 1:04 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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    Count me in the draw too please!

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  • Brian October 7, 2009, 1:05 pm

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  • Brian C October 7, 2009, 1:06 pm

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  • Brad October 7, 2009, 1:07 pm

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    Enter me please

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    Got this book from my local library.

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  • Judy October 7, 2009, 1:33 pm

    To understand our beliefs re: money would help in making those financial decisions.

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    I should have this book in my financial library.

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    Should be an interesting read!

  • Adam October 7, 2009, 2:03 pm

    Love a copy.

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    Understanding ones value is so much more important in order to proper manage their money. A value-based conversation with clients always helps to better understand their spending and investing behaviour.

    Definately interested in winning a copy of this book, I think it’s a must for any serious Advisor

  • Carter October 7, 2009, 2:04 pm

    This book seems very interesting, I’d love to get my hands on a copy

  • AG October 7, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Sounds extremely interesting. Can you imagine teaching this knowledge to kids in school before they are teens? What would our world look like if our kids are financially literate, have passionate goals and desires, financially independent and creativeat early age and have a phenomenal relationship with money?

    Thank you to all of you for this opportunity.

  • Michael October 7, 2009, 2:14 pm

    This book sounds like a good read. Please count me in for the giveaway.



  • Mike October 7, 2009, 2:22 pm

    i’m in

  • James October 7, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Book giveaway…sounds good.

  • Marianne O October 7, 2009, 2:24 pm

    Love the blog. Interested in the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • T. Lu October 7, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Very interesting read indeed!

  • Eric October 7, 2009, 2:37 pm

    I wouldn’t mind a copy of that! Lets try winning it first…..

  • MR October 7, 2009, 2:39 pm

    Pick me pick me

  • CanadianDad October 7, 2009, 2:42 pm

    I’d love to be included in the draw.
    Why not an extra copy for RSS subscribers too???

    I cancelled my email subscription and replaced it with an RSS feed.

  • John Sanderson October 7, 2009, 2:47 pm

    I always thought my money “story” came about from observing parents who had lived through the depression and from growing up in a fairly impoverished part of the province. As I grow older, I am starting to observe patterns in my friends, colleagues and clients and ponder why my path has been so different (read: successful). Would love to read the book as I’m sure there are many other markers along the wealth journey.

    Will suggest my local library buy a copy.

    John in Kitchener

  • Tony J. October 7, 2009, 2:57 pm

    lol I hope I win XD

  • M Hawk October 7, 2009, 3:07 pm

    Put me in the draw please!

  • Christine October 7, 2009, 3:08 pm

    Sure sounds like an interesting read to me – count me in!

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    Sure sounds like an interesting read to me – count me in!


  • Naomi October 7, 2009, 3:15 pm

    Schools, teachers and parents often encourage the learning of languages other than English, as a key to additional fulfillment and well-roundedness in life – – we should also introduce our children to ‘money’ language. I’d be interested to read this book … if not to help myself, then to help my kid down the road.

  • Nicole October 7, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Hope this book can help bring new prospects into how we as individuals value money, and make money plans that make sense to us. I would love to win a copy. Thank you FT

  • Broke MBA October 7, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book! Would love a copy!


  • Greg Wcislo October 7, 2009, 3:30 pm

    Would be good addition to my book collection

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    Would like to add to my book collection

  • Darryl O October 7, 2009, 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity. I would love this book for my collection

  • Greg Wcislo October 7, 2009, 3:34 pm

    Sound like an interesting read.Would like to add to my book collection

  • Greg October 7, 2009, 3:39 pm

    Really sorry about the duplicate entries, system kept saying “duplicate post exists” and seemed not to post anything… Doh!

  • Sarah October 7, 2009, 3:42 pm

    Thanks for the website… and for the draw!

  • Barry Fence October 7, 2009, 4:00 pm

    This is definitely a book that my wife and I need as we are on opposite ends of the spectrum financially: I’m trying to feather my nest while only spending on essentials while she’s a full-blown consumer… Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  • Kevin Beitel October 7, 2009, 4:03 pm

    Interesting to see how Frugalness falls into my money story… Sign me up to find out how.

  • Narin October 7, 2009, 4:22 pm

    Looks it is a must read. Thank you.

  • SilverEggplant October 7, 2009, 4:33 pm

    Sounds interesting- would love copy of book! Thanks for the review.

  • Jack October 7, 2009, 4:37 pm

    thanks, the book will come in handy

  • dnaman October 7, 2009, 4:39 pm

    Wish me luck!

  • Erick October 7, 2009, 4:40 pm

    Sign me up!

  • Dave October 7, 2009, 4:42 pm

    Sounds interesting, somewhat different from the traditional financial planning books.

  • Vince October 7, 2009, 4:59 pm

    sounds interesting, count me in !

  • Steve October 7, 2009, 5:06 pm

    I’m in need of a good read.

  • Brenda Collings October 7, 2009, 5:07 pm

    As the Canadian songwriter reminds us – “everyone has a story”
    And this would include a Money Story.

    I look forward to reading this one, thanks for the introduction.


  • agaver October 7, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Sure would love to receive a free copy! Please sign me in :)

  • Tom October 7, 2009, 5:38 pm

    Do we really want to know how we form such decisions? The revelation could be quite unnerving and possibly counterproductive.

  • Caitlin October 7, 2009, 5:48 pm

    Please include me! I have been wanting to check out this book!

    Aw, only email subscribers get another entry? I only do RSS. Email is so clunky compared to RSS!

  • comeleon99 October 7, 2009, 6:17 pm

    Great way to generate comments.
    (and count me in too)

  • Vancity1 October 7, 2009, 6:23 pm

    Add me in please….

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    I would like to be added…

  • Henry October 7, 2009, 6:45 pm

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  • Ludy October 7, 2009, 6:50 pm


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    Am in – thanks!

  • Kevin October 7, 2009, 7:29 pm

    Count me in… Thanks.

  • CuriousReader October 7, 2009, 7:51 pm

    I’m in!

  • Chris October 7, 2009, 7:57 pm

    i love free stuff

  • In the Money October 7, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Sounds interesting – please include me in the draw! Thanks!

  • Taipopo October 7, 2009, 8:06 pm

    I’m in!

  • Patrick October 7, 2009, 8:20 pm

    Sounds interesting to me. Thanks.

  • Simarpreet October 7, 2009, 8:36 pm

    I am interested in this book to

  • Brent October 7, 2009, 8:50 pm

    Sounds interesting! I would love a copy.

  • Briefcases October 7, 2009, 8:55 pm

    This sounds like a great, well-structured book. I know I could definitely use some help in dealing with how I think about money. On one side I think of money as something that can make me happy, meanwhile I realize that I don’t necessarily need a lot of money to be happy. So I am still trying to figure out how to properly prioritize money.

  • Dane October 7, 2009, 9:17 pm

    Would definitely be interested in reading this one as I think I’ve got a few issues of my own around money ie. an irrational fear of not having “enough”.

  • Finance Matters October 7, 2009, 9:25 pm

    Sounds interesting, put me in.

  • Nanners October 7, 2009, 9:36 pm

    I’m just starting to learn about investing & would love to win a copy of this book to help me start my journey.

  • Voodoo October 7, 2009, 9:50 pm

    “Show me the Money book!”

  • JJ October 7, 2009, 10:54 pm

    Count me in! I’d love to get a copy of the book.

  • Cara October 7, 2009, 10:55 pm

    Having worked with people who literally created their own money issues -underearning, overspending, etc. – based on their past money history, I look forward to reading the book. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  • Steve Zussino October 7, 2009, 11:03 pm

    Can I also enter.


  • slickster October 7, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Sounds like a great read! Make me a winner!!!

  • RiskAverse October 7, 2009, 11:40 pm

    my library is great but I won’t see this for years!

  • Amy October 7, 2009, 11:42 pm

    Money psychology? Money is the most important impat on every decision I made~ Would love to read more bout the meaning of Money~ Thank you for the opportunity~

  • Morgan October 8, 2009, 12:52 am

    This book looks great!

  • Jim October 8, 2009, 12:57 am

    It would be interesting to see how money psychology plays out with gambling addiction therapy…any connection you think?

  • kayo October 8, 2009, 12:59 am

    Please count me in for the draw, thanks!

  • RS October 8, 2009, 1:08 am

    Count me in

  • AL October 8, 2009, 1:24 am

    I am in

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    Maybe I’ll get lucky.

  • Kate October 8, 2009, 2:17 am

    I would love to win a free copy.

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    Money and I do not have a good relationship, I’m afraid. I would love to learn more about how the psychology of money and maybe make that relationship a little healthier. Pick me, pick me! :-)

  • ashvin October 8, 2009, 3:21 am

    Sounds intriguing! I’m in.

  • Ricky October 8, 2009, 6:07 am

    The book look very interesting. I would love to get hands on this one.

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    Money psychology is something that everyone grapples with on a constant basis. Sign me up!

  • TKO October 8, 2009, 9:25 am

    Thanks for all the interesting articles you’ve written, they’ve been a great benefit!

  • Stephanie Hunter October 8, 2009, 9:48 am

    Would love to read.

  • assignment help October 8, 2009, 10:02 am


    It really seems to be a wonderful book, as money psychology is also a great interest of mine. It also gives me a great idea to develop my strategy according to the money prospects in my business.

    Thanks for introducing it.

  • LXS October 8, 2009, 10:06 am

    The Lucky WINNER is……….


  • Quick Lunar Cop October 8, 2009, 10:26 am

    I’m always interested in a free book!

  • Steve October 8, 2009, 12:02 pm

    FREE BOOK coming my way – I CAN FEEL IT! or maybe that’s my money personality talking…..

  • Sethi S October 8, 2009, 1:55 pm

    does sound like a great read. winning it would be very satisfying – as I’ll be following the principals of the book – saving money

  • Audrée Lapierre October 8, 2009, 2:43 pm

    i’d like to read it, i wonder what my story is?

  • Chris Watts October 8, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Interesting take from a different angle. Sounds like a valuable addition to the range of books of this genre.

  • Linda Braid October 8, 2009, 3:32 pm

    Through a meditation course I attended, I purchased a tape on “Poverty Consciousness” which was to help me to eradicate my hangups about money. I listened to it on my walkman while I shopped in thrift stores!

  • Aaron October 8, 2009, 3:35 pm

    Would love a copy!

  • Asher October 8, 2009, 3:39 pm

    crossing my fingers!

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    Really enjoy the blog and should start reading again :D

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    166. I guess I’ll sign up for email to double my fun.

  • Ryan Price October 8, 2009, 5:12 pm

    Would love a copy

  • Ryan Price October 8, 2009, 5:13 pm

    Would love a copy, sounds like an interesting read!

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    Looks like a great read!

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    Nice try.

  • Ms Save Money October 8, 2009, 5:54 pm

    Ohh great I’m in! :)

  • kristel October 8, 2009, 6:09 pm

    I’d love to win a copy!

  • Melanie Samson October 8, 2009, 7:16 pm

    Sounds great!

  • Benny October 8, 2009, 9:41 pm

    Thanks for offering a synopsis of the book. Appreciate your generosity in giving away some books!

  • Clark October 8, 2009, 10:10 pm

    I’m in – thanks for the offer

  • Charlie October 8, 2009, 10:51 pm

    Intriguing treatment of money.

  • pappy October 9, 2009, 1:35 am

    sounds interesting.

  • Sharon October 9, 2009, 3:27 am

    I always think about how to increase my portfolio but not why I do what I do with money …the book will be an interesting read.

  • Richard October 9, 2009, 3:37 am

    this book would be a great read

  • Carolyn October 9, 2009, 10:23 am

    would love a copy!

  • Marina October 9, 2009, 3:23 pm

    This sounds like a great read, a very different take on personal finance.

  • lindahfx October 9, 2009, 3:52 pm

    This sounds very interesting. Count me in!

  • Northern Alex October 9, 2009, 11:44 pm

    Cool. I want to learn another language: MONEY seems to be a good one! :o)

  • sarah October 9, 2009, 11:46 pm

    Sounds like a great book, I would love a copy. Please sign me in! Thank you! Love your blog, very interesting content.

  • Bob October 10, 2009, 12:48 am

    Sounds extremely interesting. Count me in. Thanks.

  • Mark October 10, 2009, 8:13 am

    Sounds like a great read, I would enjoy a copy.

  • Wealthy Immigrant October 10, 2009, 10:53 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mike Lewis October 10, 2009, 4:07 pm

    I am very interested. Count me in!