Dave Ramsey is a radio personality and motivational speaker who helps people get
out of debt and build wealth. He has also written several self help books that
teach people how to manage their finances.
Background of Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey was born on September 3, 1960
in Tennessee. He earned a degree in business administration from the University
of Tennessee and by the age of 26, he had acquired real estate holdings worth
over $4 million. He eventually lost it all and had to file for bankruptcy.
Ramsey then began to attend lectures and workshops on managing finances and
overcoming financial problems. He shared what he learned with others by starting
a counseling practice. Eventually he devised a plan for financial freedom that
he taught his clients, and organized the material into his first book.
Financial Self Help Books by Dave Ramsey
"Financial Peace: Restoring Financial Hope to You and Your
was the first book written by Dave Ramsey. It was
published in 1997 and is available as a book and audio book.
In this book, Ramsey offers self help advice for getting out
of debt. Rather than taking the usual approach of telling
readers how to save and invest, he tackles behavioral issues
with spending. He advises readers to avoid credit cards, give
to charities, and follow his step-by-step plan for getting out
• "The Financial Peace Planner: A Step-by-Step
Guide to Restoring Your Family's Financial Health"
published in 1998 and is now an ebook, book, and audio book.
This book offers readers actionable steps to take to dig out
from a mountain of debt and learn to live within their means.
The method Ramsey developed was also taught as a 12 week
class, and shared in workshops, lectures, and private
counseling sessions. Once couples become debt-free they are
encouraged to live within their means and pay cash so they can
avoid debt in the future.
• "How to Have More than
Enough: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Abundance"
published in 2000 and is available as a paperback today. In
this book, Dave Ramsey goes beyond getting out of debt, and
teaches readers how to build wealth. It covers topics such as
creating prosperity, teaching children how to handle money,
and money and marriage.
• "More than Enough: The Ten
Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny"
was published in 2002
and is available as a paperback. In it, Ramsey explains his
ten keys to financial peace, including discipline, patience,
giving, goals, and values. By applying his steps, couples,
singles, and even children can build wealth and live a
• "Financial Peace Revisited"
published in 2002 and is available as an audio book and book.
This book contains the same advice Dave Ramsey presented in
his original "Financial Peace" book but also has additional
chapters that dwell on how financial matters affect family
matters. He offers solid advice on working hard, saving money,
controlling spending, and avoiding debt. He also offers advice
targeted towards singles, couples, and parents on the subject
of agreeing on financial matters within the family.
• "The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial
Fitness" was published in 2003 and is a book, ebook, and audio
book. This book shows readers how to get out of debt quickly,
how to avoid debt in the future, and how to build wealth. Dave
Ramsey offers practical advice such as always paying cash,
establishing an emergency fund, investing, and paying off a
mortgage. He shows how average people can accumulate wealth
and live a life of financial peace by simply following his
• "The Total Money Makeover Workbook" was
published in 2004 and is a book and ebook. In this workbook,
Dave Ramsey provides readers with a plan for getting out of
debt and breaking bad financial habits. The book includes
questionnaires and worksheets as well as inspiring stories of
people who have followed Ramsey's plan and changed their
• "The Money Answer Book"
published in 2005 and is available as an ebook and book. Dave
Ramsey offers financial advice in this book question and
answer style. He selected the most often asked questions from
callers to his radio show and provided thorough answers to
them in this book. He covers everything from budget planning
to charitable giving.
• "Priceless: Straight-Shooting,
No-Frills Financial Wisdom" was published in 2006 and is
available as a book suitable for gift giving. It is
accompanied with stylish graphics and contains nuggets of
helpful financial information on a wide variety of topics.
• "EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom
from the Trenches" was published in 2011 and is available as
an ebook, book, and audio book. This book by Dave Ramsey is
targeted to business leaders and entrepreneurs. He teaches
readers how to set and reach goals, how to handle money, how
to inspire teamwork, and how to love what you do.
"The Super Red Racer: Junior Discovers Work," "The Big
Birthday Surprise: Junior Discovers Giving,"
"Careless At The
Carnival: Junior Discovers Spending," "A Special Thank You:
Junior Discovers Integrity," "My Fantastic Fieldtrip: Junior
Discovers Saving," and "Battle of the Chores: Junior Discovers
Debt," are children's books by Dave Ramsey. Each one is
designed to teach an important money lesson to kids. Ramsey
explains to parents that it is very important to teach kids
how to save and grow money while they are young so they will
be able to enjoy lives of financial peace when they are older
rather than struggle with debt.
The Dave Ramsey Show and More
In addition to teaching
financial stewardship through his books, Ramsey also hosts a radio
talk show. The show runs daily, Monday through Friday, for three
hours, and is also available as Podcasts. During the show he
discusses financial matters and takes calls from listeners. Some
call in with testimonials of their progress while following his
advice and others call in for help with their particular problems.
The Dave Ramsey Show has been named one of the top ten most listened
to talk radio shows.
Dave also offers classes through his
Financial Peace University. The classes can be taken online or in
person. Ramsey has trained counselors in various cities who are
authorized to teach his step by step plan for financial peace.
In addition, Ramsey presents events at cities around the United
States. You can see him deliver his teachings in an auditorium
setting or simulcasts through local churches. Ramsey got his start
counseling couples at his local church and he continues the
spiritual influence by working with church groups to help their
members gain financial peace. Millions of people have attended his
classes in some form or another.
Dave also provides a wealth
of information on his website for those just starting on the path to
financial peace. He explains the baby steps needed to start and has
budgeting forms available to download.
financial self help books have sold in the millions of copies and
helped countless people gain control of their finances. He doesn't
offer a get rich quick plan or false promises. Instead he provides
his fans with actionable steps they can take to get out of debt and
build wealth for the future as long as they are willing to work hard
and be disciplined.
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