Putting Money in its Place
Book 7 of Marriage by the Book
Bible-based marriage advice on money and finances. Help for individuals,
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couples, small groups, cell groups and adult Sunday school classes
Married couples often argue about money and finances. The wife complains, "He won't put my name on the bank account." The husband grumbles, "She spends too much." She gripes, "Our house is falling apart, but he only spends money on his hobbies." He wishes she would keep track of her spending.
Here are more common complaints about money, each of which could be voiced by either husband or wife:
"Whatís wrong with borrowing money? We can pay it back."
"We're drowning in debt. I can't stand it."
"She couldn't save a dime to save her life."
"Heís a tightwad. I have to beg for money to buy clothes for the kids."
I want to give more to the church, but sheís always fighting me about it."
"Heís a dreamer. We're almost bankrupt, but he says things are okay."
If any of these sound familiar, don't be discouraged. People in every country voice similar frustrations every day. Even if you don't criticize your spouse, you may face a common predicament - too many bills and not enough money.
Or you may have enough money in the bank but disagree about what to spend it on, how much to save or how much to tithe or give to the church.
God knows handling money is tricky. Thatís why there are so many verses about it in the Bible. As you read Putting Money in its Place, you will discover that the Word of God gives individuals and married couples practical guidelines for any financial situation.
You will also see that the Bible goes deeper, challenging our attitudes and values about money and finances. For it is our heart that determines our actions.
In these pages, you will discover:
> How the problems in your heart affect your pocketbook
> How to make decisions as a team
> Questions to ask yourself before you make a purchase
> What to do when one of you is a spendthrift
> What to do when one of you is a tightwad
> How to get out of debt
> How to stay out of debt
> What the Bible says about tithing
> The difference between hoarding and saving
> Step-by-step guidelines for making a budget
This book is perfect for a six-week study by an individual, a couple, a small group or a church class. It can be studied alone, or as part of an ongoing study using all eight books in Marriage by the Book. If you study in a group, the Group Leaders' Guide is a helpful resource.
Each chapter is interactive, with personal application questions scattered throughout to help you put its biblical advice into practice. The book is comprehensive and detailed, yet easy to use and practical.
Whether you are healthy financially, struggling with debt or facing a crisis, these pages will give you hope, encouragement and practical advice to help you handle your finances and money Godís way.
"I highly recommend these books. They are unique and unmistakably anointed by God. You will be stronger in your faith, and better in your approach to life, when you study them. They will make a tremendous difference in your ministry to individuals and families in your church."
(By Doug Britton, biblical marriage and family counselor. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5Ĺ x 8Ĺ. Spiral-bound. 192 pages. $12.99)
-- Rev. Glen D. Cole, Sacramento, CA
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