I am very excited to announce the release of The Ultimate Financial Plan, a book I’ve been privileged to co-author with the best-selling author of The Ultimate Gift, Jim Stovall.  The book will be released in early September, 2011 and is being published by John Wiley and Sons (Wiley), one of the world’s largest and most esteemed publishers.  The amazing story of The Ultimate Gift has continued to expand its reach both in the United States and abroad.  More than ever, the life-altering money lessons Jason Stevens learned in The Ultimate Gift beg to be reiterated.  So if you were one of the millions touched by Jim’s book or movie, you’ll find this book intuitively translates the heart of The Ultimate Gift into a personal strategy reflecting its timeless truths.  And if you’ve never been exposed to The Ultimate Gift, you’ll not be left behind in The Ultimate Financial Plan, but will instead be warmed by this more narrative approach to what can be the cold, do-this-don’t-do-that manner of most financial planning handbooks.

Spending some time with Jim and me in The Ultimate Financial Plan is sure to have a significant impact on the way you think about money. Examining the connection between actions, thoughts and feelings when it comes to all things financial, the book makes a revolutionary argument: that the key to getting the most out of personal wealth comes from the contentment found in balancing the influence of money in our lives with personal values and goals.  Through its own irresponsible actions, the behemoth financial industry has lost its centuries old claim to having the answers to our personal finances; this book only claims to be the ultimate financial plan because it’s focused intently on you.  Personal finance, after all, is more personal than it is finance.

Financial tools—like budgets, bank accounts, 401(k)s, IRAs, education savings plans and real estate—can play a major role in helping us generate the money we want, but real value comes from investments in our knowledge and understanding, which lead to purpose-filled careers, sleep-at-night security, artistic endeavors, creative philanthropy, fulfilled retirements and meaningful legacies.

And as you’ve probably noticed, the backdrop of has received a major upgrade.  The site not only looks better, but also has more to offer.  All previous posts, including the “90 Second Finance” video series, have been transferred to the new site and can be accessed by using the search bar or glancing through the “Find Your Topic” tool.  But additionally, we’re bringing the best of The Ultimate Financial Plan to  The Timely Applications, found at the end of each chapter to aid you in the process of everything from articulating your values and goals to determining the appropriateness of a mutual fund or life insurance policy, are housed here on the site.  They’re free for you to download and available to all readers, and you can find them by clicking the Timely Apps tab.  And as an added bonus, my co-author, Jim Stovall, is contributing his weekly syndicated column, Winner’s Wisdom, and sharing some classic videos from his speaking engagements.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering the book, you can do so by clicking HERE, or you’ll find it available at book stores, online retailers and even as an e-book for Kindle and Nook the first week of September.

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