Back in November, I was on my way to Tennesee with some friends and one of them was reading the book Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. It looked interesting so when it was his turn to drive I asked him if I could take a turn reading. I finished the book before we arrived at our destination and found it to be incredibly interesting.
It was then that I realized that although I’ve read thousands of books on dozens upon dozens of topics, I’ve basically never read any books about marriage. And I figured what better time to start than now? So I promptly requested a few for review. Here’s one of them. 😉
FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:
BACK COVER BLURB
It’s not just about the money…
Arguments about money are by far the top predictor of divorce, says Sonya Britt, a professor at Kansas State University. “It’s not children, sex, in-laws, or anything else. It’s money—for both men and women.”
Satan seeks every means possible to destroy marriages, and creating conflict around finances is one of his favorite tactics. But there is more to money problems than not sticking to the budget. Chuck and Ann Bentley reveal the underlying issues of financial and relational discord—and show how it robs couples of joy, intimacy, and marital satisfaction.
Money Problems, Marriage Solutions presents seven keys to peace in marriage and helps couples unite and conquer to resolve financial issues together. Through real-life stories, a solid foundation from Scripture, and practical steps for application, this book gives a plan for getting back on the same team. Here is a clear and lasting way forward for couples struggling with money problems.
WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK
Although my life is busy right now, I know in all likelihood it will just get busier. Therefore, it seems like a rather logical idea to read marriage books now, even though I’m not married. (And that’s a disclaimer, folks: I’m not married, nor am I in a relationship, hence all my thoughts about this book come from the perspective of a single person.)
Plus, I’ve always found relationship (of any kind) oriented books to be really interesting because I like the psychology aspect of why people do what they do, etc…
Last of all, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve not spent a lot of time learning about money, budgeting, and everything that entails, so I’ve been working on learning about it.
WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK
Just reading the table of contents is enough to give you a boatload of things to think about. Key Two is about Grasping the Biblical Definition of Prosperity, Key Four is about Living By God’s Philosophy of Money, Key Five is about Understanding and Respecting Your Spouses Personality, and the list goes on.
Even as a single person I’ve heard over and over again from people, books, and media, how much contention money can cause in a marriage. People are raised with their own “culture” regarding money and finances and often times they don’t realize how truly different their ideas can be compared to their spouses.
This book is written by a husband and wife team who know firsthand about the trouble money can cause in a marriage. The first twenty years of their marriage were filled with strife, misunderstandings, and miscommunications when it came to the arena of finances. Through the pages of Money Problems, Marriage Solutions, we get to explore the seven keys they discovered to help them overcome their problems and align their hearts – and finances – so they could work together as a team.
Reading this book was a breeze. Although I (obviously) am not in a position to work through money issues with my spouse, I still found the advice and examples they gave to be very interesting and logical. I liked how they talked about the heart of the matter (which is making sure that your lives are in sync with each other and where God has you), instead of just giving material tips of how to work things out.
This is one of the books that I want to keep around so I can re-read it when I’m married because it seems like it will be very helpful in a relationship.
I’m giving Money Problems, Marriage Solutions 4 out of 5 stars.
((This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for me reviewing it, all thoughts and opinions are my own.))