Book Review ~ Marriage & Money by Matt Bell


Marriage & Money: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples
Author: Matt Bell
Paperback; 219 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61521-561-4
Retail Price: $14.99

I had the opportunity to review Marriage & Money: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples.  What a wonderful resource for Christians!  This book covers EVERYTHING…and then some!  It is shared in a way that isn’t boring (actually it’s even a little entertaining!).  There are scripture references at the beginning of each chapter and Take Action (What to Do and What to Dicuss) at the end of each chapter.

Here is an example of how detailed this book is (although it isn’t covered in such great depth that it is boring):

Chapter 11: Patiently Pursue Interest.  The items discussed within: Determine Goals to be Accomplished in the Next Five-Plus Years, Recognize the Risks, Know Your Needs, Diversify, Allocate Properly, Manage Taxes and Get in the Investment Game as Soon as Possible.

DH and I have been married for almost 5 years and this is something that is still useful for us in our marriage…there are always new things to learn!  Additionally, I feel it would be an invaluable tool for engaged or newly married couples, as the title says.  It would really get the two people to look at and discuss VERY IMPORTANT things prior to marriage.  As it says in this book (pp. 10 – 11):

I’m sure it isn’t news to you that money is one of the most common sources of disagreement amoung spouses. It causes more fights than sex or household chores, and conflict over money predicts divorce better that other topics of dispute. Couples who disagree about finances at least once a week are over 30 percent more likely to divorce than couples who disagree about finances a few times a month.

So, take the importance to heart – BEFORE YOU GET MARRIED (if possible) – and discuss this VERY IMPORTANT topic!

About Matt:

Matt began his career as a radio journalist, with his work featured on National Public Radio, the NBC Radio Network, and several other networks. His reporting earned national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and United Press International.

Today, Matt is a full-time personal finance writer and speaker. He is the author of two books: “Money, Purpose, Joy” (September 2008) and “Money Strategies for Tough Times” (April 2009), both by NavPress. Matt has been quoted in USA TODAY, U.S. News and World Report, the Chicago Tribune, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, has written for, and has been a guest on WGN-TV and several nationally syndicated radio talk shows.

Matt holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University, where he wrote a thesis about the emergence of America’s consumer culture and its influence on people’s beliefs and behaviors.

 Matt lives with his wife and their three young children in the Chicago area. Visit his website and blog at


Win a free financial session and $100 Visa cash card in the Matt Bell’s Nest Egg Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Money & Marriage, Matt Bell is giving away a Nest Egg Prize Package worth over $250. To enter just click on one of the icons below! (you’ll find these in the attached html code document)

One winner will receive:

      A Free 1 Hour Financial Session
      A $100 Visa Cash Card
      A signed copy of Matt’s Money, Purpose, Joy and Money Strategies for Tough         Times

Enter today, the contest ends on April 11th. Tell your friends and be sure to pick up a copy of Money & Marriage – important principles whether your newly engaged or just celebrated your 30th anniversary.

Matt will announce the winner on his blog April 13th!

You can also buy the book by clicking HERE.  You can also visit and see more about the blog tour by clicking HERE.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



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