Roughly ten years ago, I had the privilege of working with another educator who inspired me to be kind, loving and encouraging. She was one of my very favorite people. Ever. Still is.

I remember Patty talking about her daughter who had just started a blog. Her husband was in law school and she had always liked to write.

“What’s a blog?” I asked Patty because they weren’t nearly as mainstream as they are now. Goodness gracious, back then there was no such thing as Twitter and Facebook was a new enterprise everyone thought would tank.

Patty patiently explained and I remember feeling intrigued, like someday I might want to have a blog of my own.

But whatever. I gave birth and my gears shifted to all things baby and the thought of starting a blog was long gone.

Three years later, I remembered my conversation with Patty. It was time to start a blog.

By then, Patty’s daughter, Cherie Lowe, had become known as “The Queen of Free” because of her ability (and her husband, Brian’s!) to pay-off $127, 482.30 of debt in a little under four years.

Debt can be suffocating, can’t it? Jason and I are no stranger to it – with student loans and a business loan, we know how it feels. To look at the numbers, it can be overwhelming.

Cherie felt the same way – it felt insurmountable. However, she soon realized it wasn’t impossible and through living very frugally and a deep trust in God, Brian and she began the process of “slaying the debt dragon.”

In the process, she gained a following through the money-saving tips she offered on her blog and a segment on the Indianapolis affiliate of Channel 13. Now here she is with her very own book.

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Here’s what Amazon has to say about about Slaying the Debt Dragon: How One Family Conquered Their Money Monster and Found an Inspired Happily Ever After:

Are your finances getting out of control? Have you made mistakes with your money? Are you in more debt than you’d like to admit?

Cherie Lowe has been there. She and her family found themselves $127,482.30 in debt (did your jaw drop?). They hadn’t bought a yacht, blown it on designer clothes, or purchased a mansion. The small, everyday expenses of living just added up—until suddenly, the Lowes were being threatened by one dragon of a debt.

But through hard work and with God’s help, Cherie’s family vanquished this foe, one bill at a time. And you can too! In Slaying the Debt Dragon, Cherie shares how her war on debt made her financially free, strengthened her marriage, taught her children valuable money-management skills, and brought her whole family closer to God and one another. As you read her battle tales, you’ll be armed with the weapons you need to fight your own financial foes. With God, all things are possible—and your inspired happily ever after can begin today.

 And here’s a bit about my friend, Cherie:

Since 2008, Cherie Lowe has been confidently wearing a plastic crown and encouraging others to dream big dreams.

Together with her husband, Brian, Cherie paid off $127,482.30 in a little under four years. She scribed the ups and downs of their debt-slaying journey on her popular website, www.QueenOfFree.net.

A graduate of Asbury University, Cherie strongly believes that something can come from nothing and that there is always a way for her readers to simplify their lives and their budgets. More than anything, through speaking and written word, Cherie longs for others to know that there is hope for getting their finances under control. Her family’s story has appeared in the Wall Street JournalYahoo FinanceRedbook magazineAOL Daily FinanceNBC News, and more. Cherie and Brian reside in Greenwood, Indiana, along with their daughters, Anna and Zoe.

I’m half-way through and so inspired to be more careful about where and how I spend our resources. Not to mention I love Cherie’s easy, conversational writing – it feels like she’s sitting at my kitchen table and we’re chatting over coffee.

I love that, don’t you?

So because I love to pass along good books to you and because I love Cherie (and her mother, Patty), I wanted to share Slaying the Debt Dragon with YOU – because I love YOU, too.

AND . . . I’m giving away a copy of this fabulous book as well. Leave your answer to the question below in the comment section by 8 p.m. EST tomorrow (Wednesday, January 28) for your chance to win…I’ll announce the lucky winner on the Facebook page.

Here’s a little fun tidbit, too . . . Should you decide to name your “Debt Dragon” and post about it on social media, you can use the hashtag slaydebt. That’s #slaydebt for all you visual folks.

You can also follow Cherie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and You Tube.

I know you’ll love her because she rocks.

What about you? What’s one area of your finances you would like to improve?