Traditionally, you only release one book per year. There are exceptions, but there are generally 12 months between book releases. Stuff Christians Like came out in April, so itís only been out for seven months. We thought that maybe weíd release a second book in the spring or fall of 2011.
But then I joined Dave Ramseyís team and one day a coworker named Daniel Bell suggested we do an additional book. He thought it might be cool to create a funny, visually surprising book that covered all of the silly things that happen to people when it comes to money. Weíd still focus on releasing a book in the spring that had elements of Serious Wednesday in it, but could we do a bonus book in between?
Inside, I thought, ìThatís crazy. Concept, write, illustrate and finish a book in 10 weeks? Who does that?î
And then I remembered, Dave Ramsey does. This entire company is built on the idea of saying, ìWe do,î when faced with impossible ideas and the question, ìWho does that?î
So we did.
We took a look at money and debt and all the funny things that happen in between. Getting our money under control really changed my marriage and my family. And just last week a mom told me, ìI canít wait for this book. My daughter doesnít want to talk about this stuff but maybe a book that is funny will help open the door.î
The title of the book is ìGazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt.î Ideas include:
1. You canít walk out of Target with only one item.
2. Dave Ramsey doesnít want you to wear a barrel with suspenders.
3. How to baby-proof your house against a 27-year-old.
4. Bridesmaid dresses, the cruelest thing ladies do to each other.
5. The pet store is a ìfree zoo.î
Dave Ramsey wrote the forward and we illustrated it with some of the funniest illustrations Iíve ever seen.
It will be officially out at the end of November and weíll start taking pre-orders in the next few days. In the meantime, below is the cover.
Iím really excited about the opportunity to add a new book to the mix and also looking forward to the third book that will release this spring. Thanks for continuing to make stuff like this possible by reading the site and buying Stuff Christians Like!