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When the people at TLC Book Tours contacted me with an offer to review a copy of Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy, I thought it sounded like something right up my alley. After all, I am always trying to convince people to live on less!
If you are one of those kinds of people who has trouble saying “no” to the latest and greatest of everything… you’d better grab a copy of this book and have a seat.
Author James A. Roberts has written an incredibly thorough account of just why we have become a nation of unbridled consumerism. His book touches on topics such as materialism and “keeping up with the Joneses”, out of control credit card spending, compulsive shopping, how our spending affects our relationships, how money relates to our happiness, and self control.
If the study of why we are the way we are as consumers today interests you, I dare say you will not find a more well researched, thought provoking book as this. Each chapter is jam packed with staggering statistics, and appalling examples of the outrageous purchases that Americans are making every year. I found myself gaping, and laughing out loud in disbelief on several occasions.
I have to be honest, though, and say that I found myself hop-scotching through the chapters and skimming over a lot of the dates and statistics. There’s definitely a lot of information to take in. However, the overall message of the book is very interesting.
All throughout the book, Roberts has sprinkled self-assessment quizzes to help his readers figure out exactly where they are on the materialism and self control scales. After taking the tests myself, I wasn’t too surprised to find that I scored in the bottom 25% for being materialistic (meaning that I am definitely in the minority of those polled, being the least materialistic of the group). And I scored a top 50% for self control- meaning I’m pretty darn good at keeping myself in check! Good to know.
And I was glad that Roberts gave some rays of hope toward the end of the book with the last chapter dedicated to giving some great tips on how to break bad spending habits.
If you have an out of control spending problem… if you feel like more stuff will make you happier… if you judge success by material things, Shiny Objects just might help you understand why you think the way you do, and how you can change it for the better.
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.