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> start a book club

please also see "starting a prosperity or money group" in the free book exercises link

Start The Woman's Guide to Money or The Prosperity Factor book club in your city today!

As Nathaniel Emmons declared, habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. While most book clubs tend to read fiction rather than non-fiction, The Prosperity Factor is different. To fully experience The Prosperity Factor, doing the exercises included within the book is paramount; they will help you create new and prosperous habits and beliefs. These in turn will create powerful actions which, when consistently taken, will transform your life in miraculous ways. If you’re like the person I used to be and you’ve skipped over the exercises thinking that it’s enough to just experience them mentally, I can assure you that you’ll miss the benefits and the entire purpose of this program. By starting a support group with a friend or a group, you’ll not only instill the material deeper within your subconscious by teaching it, but you’ll also create accountability by completing the exercises with your peers.

How to Start a Book Club

Advertise in your local newspaper, library, church, and bookstore.Make sure you are explicit about the fact that it is a club of people who read the same book and then discuss it. Some people associate a book club with ordering books at a reduced cost.

If you live in a big community, you could start a book club by advertising on our website for free. Email us the following information: your club's name with a request for how many members, a contact name, email and phone number. We will then create a web page and link it to the page of your province.

Look for a diverse group of people.

Find a good range of members with strong vision for a more prosperous life. Diversify your group; if all your members have similar attitudes and viewpoints, your book discussions will be short and lackluster.

Hold your first meeting to discuss the rules or standards your club will follow.  Ask all your prospective members to come with two book suggestions. Your agenda should cover these questions which everyone should answer:

  • Why do I want to join The Prosperity Factor book club and what do I expect to get out of it?
  • When should we meet?
  • Where should we meet? (i.e. bookstores, each others homes, etc.)
  • What about confidentiality? As The Prosperity Factor can bring old beliefs and issues about money to the surface, the strictest of confidence must be obtained by the group for maximum freedom to share without judgment.
  • What about summer holidays and Christmas?
  • Can the schedule be altered? How? And for what reasons?
  • What are the responsibilities of each member? If I don't finish The Prosperity Factor, can I still come to the meeting?
  • Who will host? What does hosting include? Limits to food costs? Kinds of food?
  • Who will lead book discussions? The person who recommended the book? (Need to avoid hosting and leading a book discussion at the same time?) Do we want to designate a permanent leader?
  • When does a person talk out of order? How should it be handled? Who should handle it?
  • What about smoking, pets, tardiness, and telephone calls during book discussions?
  • What if a person wants to be a guest or become a member? (Discuss with members ahead of time.)
  • Who will order the books, keep the host/leader rotation, and maintain records of what was read and when, who suggested which books?
  • Anything missed?
  • Discuss book suggestions brought today and choose.

Do's and Don'ts

Book clubs members should be cautious about the number of people admitted into the group. Too large of a group can make some individuals refrain from offering their opinions. Or a couple of individuals may dominate the discussion, intimidating other group members.

Make sure everyone participates in the discussion. If a question is asked, everyone should contribute in the round robin. If you see someone being left out, prompt her for her opinion.

Keep notes while reading...and not just when you are the leader. It helps to deepen discussion if specific passages can be read.

Even if you disagree with the book or an idea or chapter, be open and allow others to express their opinion without judgment. Your disagreement will enliven discussion. Build your reasons and enjoy that intense interaction with other club members who love the book. After the discussion, you may discover an appreciation for the book that you never had before.