Money & Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples by Matt Bell

Bell has written a book that is a “must have” for young adults both engaged, and married. He walks the reader through living on an established income and guides them through the tough subjects of debt, mortgages and combined salaries. Bell discusses the difficult decisions couples must make regarding money choices and many more topics.

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Features and Strengths 

Spiritual Discipline:  “When we are generous, we live in concert with our design, so it should come as no surprise that modern-day researchers studying the causes of human happiness have found that generous people are happier than those that are not generous.” Throughout the book Bell gives explanations reinforced with scripture verses. He shares his knowledge on the importance of making generosity the highest priority, as well as staying out of debt. Jesus was very clear about money, and Bell makes it easy to follow His example. 

Easy to read: This book is divided into a “Ten-Step Action Plan for Financial Success.” The reader is taken on this journey of budgeting, working hard, staying out of debt and giving back to the Kingdom of God. Chapter by chapter, the reader is given direction and encouragement that living a debt free life is more than a possibility.

Challenge: Bell challenges the reader to be proactive with their finances. This book tells of the importance of knowing your credit score and how to manage it. Setting financial goals and creating a budget are discussed, as well as paying back mortgages and car loans in a timely matter. The reader is encouraged to start marriage in a financially stable manner, and encouraged to apply good money management into the couple’s relationship now. “Strive for oneness and teamwork in your finances, and such characteristics will show up in other areas of your relationship, as well.” Money & Marriage helps the reader understand that preparation is indispensable to maintain a healthy money life, not only in one’s own life, but as a couple. 
 

Perspective
“You are in the midst of one of the happiest phases of life, but it can also be stressful. If you are engaged, there are countless decisions to be made about your wedding. If you are newly married, there’s a lot to be accomplished in bringing your lives together, financially and otherwise.” This book was designed to guide the reader through the journey of engagement and marriage. Bell demonstrates to couples that planning is the key to a successful financial future, as well as a successful marriage. The reader is brought on this sometimes confusing journey through credit cards, car loans, mortgages, credit scores, and debt. All the while, Bell shows how to maintain good credit, as well as how to get out of tough financial situations.

Available at Barnesandnoble.com.