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Money and Marriage by Matt Bell

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This week’s book review is for Money & Marriage by Matt Bell. After receiving a review I went ahead and read the book over a weekend. I want to share some of my thoughts on the book which I hope will help you decide if it’s right for you.

In case you didn’t know, Matt blogs over at Matt About Money. If you’re read the book already, please share your thoughts in the comments. I love to hear from other readers and their perspectives on books I review.

Basic Book Infomatt bell money and marriage review

Money & Marriage Overview

What’s Inside

If you’re curious about what Money & Marriage covers, here is the table of contents:

  • What Is It About Money?
  • Getting Personal
  • Outside Influences: How Family, Personal Experiences, and Culture Affect Your Finances
  • Inside Influences: How Your Temperaments Affect Your Finances
  • Plan to Succeed
  • Work Wisely
  • Give Some Away
  • Put Some Away
  • Ruthlessly Avoid Debt
  • Manage Your Credit Score
  • Patiently Pursue Interest
  • Build Walls of Protection
  • Spend Smart on Housing
  • Spend Smart on All Other Expenses
  • One in Love, One in Money
  • Details, Details
  • Get Organized
  • What It’s all About

Even just looking at the content list, I noticed that Bell was trying to be as thorough as possible with some common pitfalls of newlyweds trying to figure out a financial system that reflects their values and their personalities.  If you’re looking for more information, Matt includes some downloads of the charts and tables that are in the book at his site Matt About Money.

Here’s another take on Matt’s latest book:

Gary Thomas, author of “Sacred Marriage,” said: “Money & Marriage is as thorough and practical a book as you’ll find about preparing for the financial challenges and blessings of living life together as husband and wife.  This would be a wonderful addition to any premarital class, and just as helpful for any newly marrieds class.  Written from a thoroughly biblical perspective, Money & Marriage addresses just about any marital money issue you could think of, and many you probably haven’t (but should have!).”

If the two of you can sit down and discuss the book and work it out with the spreadsheets, it can be helpful.

Thoughts on Money & Marriage

If you’re a fan of Dave Ramsey‘s incorporation of personal finances with some references to Scriptures, Bell’s book may appeal to you. He offers a lot of practical suggestions and covers a lot of ground in a relatively small book.

I’d love to hear feedback from others that have read the book. What did you think about it? What chapter was most helpful for you? What was the least helpful?