My Top 5 Favorite Personal Finance Books For Women

By Lisa Strohm

Have you ever wanted to do some self-study on finances and been completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available? Between blog posts, magazines, and more books than you can count, it’s hard to know what’s worth your precious time or what will actually give you the information you want. 

And then there’s the added challenge of finding something just for women. You face unique challenges and want to read something that helps you take steps to change your life. As a financial advisor who specializes in serving women, I have some recommendations for you! So, without further ado, here are my top 5 personal finance books for women!

1. Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen

By Thomas J. Stanley

Thomas J. Stanley, the author of the acclaimed book The Millionaire Next Door, turns his attention to women, examining the characteristics and habits that make them truly wealthy. Millionaire businesswomen may not be as plentiful as their male counterparts, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the time to understand them and implement their mindsets.

As you read the success stories of the women highlighted, you will be inspired to put into practice the routines and mindsets that led them to prosperity, such as frugality, investing, saving, and tenacity.

2. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying

By Suze Orman

With her signature honest and practical style, Suze Orman leads her readers through the main obstacles to wealth: your emotional and spiritual mindset toward money. She tackles topics such as breaking free of debt, how to find your ideal financial advisor, the right retirement plans for you, and many more, all so you can pave your own path toward that ever-elusive financial freedom you long for. 

3. Smart Women Finish Rich

By David Bach

Have you ever wanted a personal financial coach? This book is as close as you can get without actually hiring one. With timeless principles and advice tailored specifically for women and their unique financial obstacles and opportunities, author David Bach provides a nine-step program to help you take control of your financial life, no matter how much you make or what your life looks like. He leaves no stone unturned, walking you through the process of aligning your money with your values, teaching your kids about money, investing for the long term, and gives valuable tips on how and why women should save differently than men.

4. Let’s Talk About Money: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Protecting Her ASSets

By Janice Goldman

It’s hard to make wise financial decisions and overcome challenges when no one’s talking about it. You may be able to find a glut of information on general topics, but what about the hard stuff, the stuff you might be afraid to ask a friend about? 

Janice Goldman doesn’t cut any corners in her helpful book that strives to prepare women for the most important financial decisions she’ll they’ll face. She covers everything from prenup agreements to asking for a raise to how to help aging parents. Reading this book will leave you feeling empowered and ready to face every aspect of your financial life with confidence. 

5. Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles

By Barbara Stanny

When most people think of success, they probably envision bank accounts with a certain balance. But success is about so much more than money. Barbara Stanny dives into how women’s problems with money often stem from their fear or ambivalence to power. She gives her readers a new definition of success and power which is uniquely crafted for females. Her psychological and practical wisdom helps women take charge of their finances along with the rest of their life. 

Do You Want More Recommendations?

If you want to talk books, money, or life, I’d love to sit down with you. At The Athena Network, we are passionate about empowering women with financial confidence. If you want to see if we are the right fit for you or if you’d love to pass on a book recommendation to me, email me at, call 484.224.3439, or schedule your free introductory meeting online today!

About Lisa

Lisa Strohm, CFP®, MBA is the founder and CEO of The Athena Network and Good Life Advisors of the Lehigh Valley, fee-based wealth management firms. She specializes in providing financial planning, investment management, and life management services for women and their families across the U.S. With more than 18 years of industry experience, she sets her firms apart from traditional wealth management companies by focusing on providing clients with an educational, collaborative, supportive experience that inspires her clients to engage in their financial lives. If you have a question, please click this link to schedule a phone call today. To learn more, visit or connect with Lisa on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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