Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Book Review: Money and Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples, by Matt Bell

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: NAV Press
Publication Date: 2011

Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1615215611
ISBN-13: 9781615215614

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In this thorough and practical guide, financial expert Matt Bell helps engaged and newly married couples navigate the merger of habits, flaws, and attitudes about money so two can truly become one.

His writing is full of helpful advice, Scripture, and practical steps to gaining financial freedom together as a couple. Learn to use money in a way that minimizes disputes and maximizes marital happiness.

My Review:

4 stars out of 5

You always hear that most fights in a relationship or marriage are about finances.  Some people fight about how the other person's spends money inappropriately, while others fight about who makes more and how the money should be spent.  I have friends who are still dating and say how they will always keep their bank accounts separate.  They don't realize that when they get married, that with this union, usually comes the joining of bank accounts to help pay the mortgage and other expenses.  I can just imagine the fights they people will have when and if they get married and can't agree on how the money should be spent and about joining accounts.

If you are recently married or newly engaged, I highly suggest you pick up Matt's book today and read it.  You will thank him later, as it will save you many fights with your spouse regarding finances. 

The best part of this book is how Matt breaks it down into two sections -- "Decoding Each Other's Financial DNA" and "A Ten-Step Action Plan for Financial Success."  Make sure you download Matt's free Cash Flow Plan from his website (link is given in the book), as this will help with the 10-Step plan.

In the first section, you and your partner will learn what type of spenders you are, and how you seen finances.  And, then, after determine your financial temperament, you can move onto section 2, where you will learn to take action and improve your financial situation as a couple. 

This is a great step-by-step book that you can sit down and read together.  It will get you both talking in a positive way about your finances as a couple and how you can have a strong and lasting marriage with a true understanding on each others financial temperament and how you can work together to reach your joint financial goals.

Even if you are newly engaged or married, but have continually struggled with your spouse about finances, then this book would really help you out.   

About the Author:

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 ChristianityToday.com, 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 www.mattaboutmoney.com.

 --Book Tour Giveaway -- 

Matt Bell's (a.k.a Matt About Money) Money & Marriage has just released (NAVPress) and is a great resource for engaged or newly married couples.

Matt says about the book, “I wrote “Money & Marriage” because I believe in marriage. I’m sure it isn’t news to you that money is a very common source of stress between spouses. It’s even a primary factor in many divorces. I wrote this book with no less of a goal than to save many marriages from disaster, and to help all couples use money in a way that strengthens their relationship and increases their joy.”

To celebrate Matt has put together a Nest Egg Giveaway with a prize package worth over $250! 

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

To enter just click one of the icons below. Then tell your friends. And hurry - the contest ends April 11th. The winner will be announced on Matt's blog on April 13th.

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Be sure to pick up a copy of Money & Marriage – important principles whether you're newly engaged or just celebrated your 30th anniversary.

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!

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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