Great premise. Maybe someone less completely oblivious will write a useful book on the subject one day.
Here's the premise:
1. Become mindful of what you're doing with your money (and of what you can't
do because of other choices you're making)
2. Question your assumptions about spending, saving and earning
3. Determine what you (not society, your peers, expert marketers or your mother) value--what's brought you happiness, what's brought you regret or stress? What do the decision you've made say about your financial values?
4. Make financial decisions accordingly.
I also like how the book emphasizes that penny-pinching and sacrificing (staunching the flow of money going out, in other words) aren't the only
ways (or necessarily the most effective ways) to free up more money in your life. Budget cutting is just closer to people's comfort zones than trying to figure out how to increase the amount of money flowing in.
The author, though, I could do without. She's managed to turn an excellent premise into a guide to rationalizing your financial decisions. Do you like lattes? You should have lattes. Definitely. Buying a smaller house is an excellent idea, and here are great reasons why you should consider it--but you if you can rationalize the bigger one like the author did, then go right ahead. Or cars. You can rationalize owning two even if you don't really need two, just ask the author how she did it. (But don't raise chickens. Or forage. The author does not value these activities, and you shouldn't either. Or something.).
If you're in the author's demographic (young, educated, upper middle class, work-from-home female blogger), you'll probably get along with her just fine. If not, you might still get something out of the book...but if you also get an urge to kick the author in the teeth a time or two, too, well...I know where you're coming from.