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Chapter 1 What Is It About Money? 9
Part 1 Decoding Each Other's Financial DNA
Chapter 2 Getting Personal 19
Chapter 3 Outside Influences: How Family, Personal Experiences, and Culture Affect Your Finances 35
Chapter 4 Inside Influences: How Your Temperaments Affect Your Finances 43
Part 2 A Ten-Step Action Plan for Financial Success
Chapter 5 Plan to Succeed 59
Chapter 6 Work Wisely 75
Chapter 7 Give Some Away 81
Chapter 8 Put Some Away 91
Chapter 9 Ruthlessly Avoid Debt 97
Chapter 10 Manage Your Credit Score 109
Chapter 11 Patiently Pursue Interest 115
Chapter 12 Build Walls of Protection 129
Chapter 13 Spend Smart on Housing 141
Chapter 14 Spend Smart on All Other Expenses 151
Part 3 Fostering Financial Oneness
Chapter 15 One in Love, One in Money 161
Chapter 16 Details, Details 171
Chapter 17 Get Organized 185
Chapter 18 What It's All About 193
Appendix A Recommended Monthly Standing Guidelines 207
Appendix B Recommended Housing Guidelines 211
Posted September 13, 2012
Posted July 16, 2011
This is one of those books I wish I would have followed the advice of nine years ago when we first got married. I can't say that much of the information in it was new to me, but the advice is sound and if we would have followed it years ago we would be in a very different situation financially right now.
As with most books I've read on the topic of money management, this book instructs couples to develop and stick with a budget, pay down (and stay out of debt), and give money to the church and other ministries. It has some specific suggestions on how to allocate money to cover expenses by percentage and by income level (ie, a certain percentage towards housing and car and insurance), which is very helpful. But the most informative section of the book was when it discussed outside (personal experiences and culture) and inside influences (personality type/temperament) on our finances. The book also includes a lot of worksheets and guides which are intended to be used by the reader to help identify needs, develop a budget, and keep track of spending. I can honestly say I fully intend to implement some of the tools in this book. It was well written, easy to understand and read, and gave solid advice from both a financial and spiritual standpoint. I would highly recommend this to any couple who is engaged or newly married, but I think it is also good for couples to read who struggle in the area of finances. Statistics tell us that the number one reason for divorce (ie, a failed marriage) is disagreements over finances, so for those couples who struggle with this it would be a great resource to begin the conversation towards working some of those issues out.
Over all, I'll give it a 4.5/5 stars. For the record, For the record, I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest (though not necessarily favorable) review.
Posted April 26, 2011
Money and Marriage by Matt Bell does and excellent job of covering a broad range of financial topics that will definitely be an important part of EVERY marriage. Although never going to deep into any one topic, this is a must read primer for anyone has not considered what their financial life will look like after the wedding. Every couple is in a different place so some may get more out of this than others. Topics range from getting rid of debt, to buying a house, and saving for retirement. Bell also uses Scripture to enforce key points in each chapter. He speaks from a clear Christian viewpoint holding us as responsible stewards of everything we have been blessed with. Money 'temperaments' are also discussed with quizzes to deduce what your money personality is, and how to best utilize it for good. (Included in the back of the book are recommended spending/housing charts based on one-four person households with budget breakdowns in every category ie: saving,health, food, entertainment, etc.Very useful for those who could benefit from learning some basic guidelines!) This book is definitely a good starting point for any engaged or married couple to better define their financial strengths, weaknesses and goals; as well as how they can bring their personality's together to achieve success in managing their finances with a united front.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted April 6, 2011
The term "financial peace" has been popularized by Dave Ramsey, his radio show and his Financial Peace University, but this idea stemming from a Christian perspective is certainly not unique with him. Matt Bell, also a personal financier, speaker and author, has organized in this fantastic read the steps necessary for financial peace within a relationship. Money and Marriage is both convicting and inspiring, and it is not only filled with helpful tools and charts to help the reader determine the best course action for gaining financial freedom, but it is also replete with fatherly guidance that goes far beyond mere "save up for a rainy day" quips.
While reading through this book with my wife, several discussions hit me square between the eyes. For example, while discussing in Chapter 4 the four personality types suggested by Hippocrates as they relate to finances, Bell basically recorded my own financial biography in his section "the phlegmatic and money." I never understood how immensely my temperament and personality have affected my finances and, thus, the finances of my family. Bell has helped me become more aware of my financial shortfalls and has helped me take the necessary steps toward acting on my plans for an organized financial future, not just making plans to do so. Bell also offers a ten-step plan for financial success, and of these ten steps, I believe I need most improvement in the one labeled "work wisely" (Chapter 6).
Matt Bell's book has proven to be an excellent guide for my wife and me, specifically now as we begin a new phase in our lives---caring for a new baby and transitioning away from a two-income to a one-income home. The principles shared in Money and Marriage will prove ultimately useful in helping us to not only maintain our current financial status, but also pave our way towards a successful financial future.
[Note: I received this book free for review from the blog-for-books program from NavPress]
Posted March 14, 2011
I'm sure it's no surprise to people that most marriages end due to fiscal altercations. Bell's book aims to give couples (engaged or married) the tools to live happily together and not fight about money. Bible verses and principles are quoted when necessary, and the book is clearly organized. Surveys and charts are given, and economic terms are defined. There are even prompted questions meant for couples to go through together. My only criticism is that in the section that covers giving, Bell discusses being blessed for giving. While God does say He will bless us when we give generously, people should not give away money / possessions just because they think they'll get a reward; also, the reward may not come in this life. Besides that, the book is a good reference for couples to use. There is even personal advice from the author and other personal accounts that readers can relate to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2011
I received Money and Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples by Matt Bell from NavPress Publishers Blogger Review Program just the other day and simply gobbled it up! When I requested this particular book, I wasn't expecting to learn any new information from Bell. And while the vast majority of the book was information I already knew, the way in which Bell presented everything- from the financial principles to the biblical foundations behind them- was wonderfully fresh and renewing. There was also some information I about which I was very excited to learn; there were some financial issues about which I've always been just a little bit confused- even after much research- but Bell dispelled common misconceptions and offered clarity on a number of financial matters.
The book would be an excellent gift or any engaged couple or even newly-married couple. While I realize that the typical engaged couple already has a ton of adjustments to make and many things to ponder, finances should not be one which they skip! It may be an awkward and uncomfortable conversation to begin, but it is definitely a necessary one. Bell offers some great diagnostic tools so that you can learn about your spouse's 'money personality', how you can understand one another, and how you can work together to determine the financial state of your union.
I also admire Bell's determination to keep biblical foundations concerning finances at the heart of the book. By turning the focus back to God and less on ourselves, Bell helped the Spirit to bring about a fresh sense of conviction and renewal.
I'm a typical seminary wife and am always trying to come up with more ways to save money and manage our finances better; I quickly found that the same information is repeated over and over through a variety of mediums. Setting financial goals, paying down debt, and saving money can quickly become another chore which I begrudge, but after reading Bell's words, I am encouraged to keep at it! I'll be keeping this book close at hand so I can refer to it when I need a little bit more encouragement and help in financial matters.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted March 4, 2011
Money & Marriage by Matt Bell is an introductory book on personal and family finances for engaged and married couples.
Actually, I think this would be a good guide for singles too, to know what to look for in a partner.
This is a very general book on finance and is a good overview on financial topics starting with personal spending habits, credit card debt, buying a home or car, maintaining a budget, insurance, wills and estate planning. There are many questions and quizzes in the first part of the book for couples to do together.
I think this is a very good overview of practicing responsibility with finances and can get couples talking about their views on money so it isn't a surprise after the marriage. However, I think Bell went a little overboard in trying to include so many things. Many topics in day to day personal finance were touched upon, but barely. He refers the reader to his website often for further information. I think he should have either left some of these things out or just made the book longer and given those topics (like grocery shopping) their due.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted May 24, 2011
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