In his book Biblical Roads to Financial Freedom, C.P.A. and Christian personal finance author Robert W. Katz acknowledges that money and wealth can be both a blessing and a curse. He guides his readers towards the former–including financial freedom–by explaining 10 biblical financial principles that are often ignored or forgotten about. Katz describes the ways Christians can follow these principles, and how doing so can bring both earthly prosperity and heavenly treasures.
Joanne Fairchild Miller’s personal finance book, Creating a Haven of Peace, is all about the importance of creating a sanctuary in your own home that is free of everyday stressors like financial instability. Miller argues against the idea that it is money that provides security, and uses the five senses as a blueprint for showing her readers how they too can create a peaceful and supportive, but also financially stable, home.
There are a number of reasons why marriages can implode, not least of which is financial trouble. Knowing this, author Mary Hunt wrote Debt-Proof Your Marriage, her bestselling Christian personal finance book. This highly practical book, which is designed to be paired with an interactive workbook, is chock-full of real-life advice that Hunt hopes can help couples build the foundation for financial harmony and debt-free living.
There’s a simple reason why Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity has been such a long-time bestseller—it’s a “life changer.” Foster recognizes that in today’s culture of “me” and “more,” much can be lost in terms of Christian satisfaction and peace. Freedom of Simplicity will make its readers think twice about pursuing certain lifestyles and personal finance habits, and pursuing instead those ways to live that are much more satisfying.
How to Manage Your Money is a long-time bestselling workbook by Christian personal finance author Larry Burkett. In this in-depth Bible study, Burkett challenges those Christians who have tried to manage their money apart from God’s plan. This will never work, Burkett insists. With this book, readers can follow Burkett’s step-by-step plan to get back on track toward financial freedom.
Is there such a thing as “enough money?” How do you know if you have enough? In Master Your Money, author Ron Blue combines quotations from the Bible with his extensive experience in financial planning in order to guide readers towards financial freedom. Topics covered include avoiding common financial mistakes, creating a long-term financial plan, planning for retirement and an estate, saving and investing, and how to get out of debt, among much more.
Larry Burkett, one of the most successful Christian personal finance book authors, wrote his book Money Matters in order to help answer people’s many personal finance questions. This bestselling title answers common questions across a number of areas, including budgeting, saving for retirement, mortgages and car payments, debt and credit, insurance, and investments, to name but a few. Best of all, Burkett uses Biblical principles as a basis for his answers and guidance.
Many Christian personal finance books acknowledge biblical teachings about wealth, but what does the Bible actually say about money and financial planning? In this personal finance classic, author Randy Alcorn scours the Scriptures to answer exactly that question. He uses the Bible’s own teachings to challenge common ideas about income, wealth, resources, and possessions. The result is a straightforward and honest read about how Christians should marry oft-conflicting ideas about things like materialism, theology, debt, and stewardship.
According to author Jamie Jones, Christians shouldn’t seek wealth for themselves, but for others. In Rich for Good, Jones tells the story of how she and her husband went from thousands of dollars in debt to becoming millionaires in their thirties. But Rich for Good is more than just an inspiring tale. Rather, Jones shares nine simple biblical principles that she found helpful, including the idea that Christians need to have financial wealth so that they can reach others for Christ and God’s glory.
While most personal finance books are full of get-rich schemes and goals tending towards the material, Chuck Bentley’s The Root of Riches takes a step back from all of that, and uses biblical teachings to illustrate solid financial practices. Most importantly, Bentley challenges the idea that “the more money you acquire, the richer you become.” He encourages his readers to see that true wealth may not be the mere accumulation of money.
Is personal finance actually more personal than it is finance? Author Tim Maurer thinks so! In fact, Maurer argues that so many people have financial difficulties because they don’t possess the confidence needed to be more hands-on with their money. In this incredibly practical Christian personal finance book, Maurer breaks down the basics of money management in order to show readers how to budget major expenses, reduce debt, establish an investment portfolio, plan for retirement, and navigate insurance options.
You don’t need to be a math whiz or a Wall Street insider to find success with investing. In this easy-to-understand bestseller, author Austin Pryor uses laymen’s terms and helpful visual aids to describe how simple biblical principles can guide us towards investment opportunities and financial freedom. Pryor outlines everything from the six characteristics of investing, to navigating IRAs and 401(k)s, to choosing the right investments and mutual funds for any personal situation.
Dave Ramsay is one of the go-to financial experts, and his book, The Total Money Makeover, might just be the grand-daddy of all personal finance books, Christian or otherwise. Through simple, straightforward writing, Ramsay guides his readers through realistic plans for paying off all debt (including that mortgage!), avoiding dangerous “money myths,” and securing hefty funds for emergencies and retirement. There’s even a helpful workbook!
Bestselling author Randy Alcorn’s Christian personal finance book, The Treasure Principle, is based upon Jesus’s teachings to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” According to Alcorn, the overwhelming majority of Christians do not practice this simple biblical perspective when it comes to material possessions. Though this book is one of the smallest of the group, its messages of joyful giving and material freedom pack a mighty punch.
Living in a material world with a volatile economy definitely comes with challenges: credit card debt, little to no savings, major downsizing, and perhaps even a dead-end job or no job at all. In his Christian personal finance book Your Money Counts, author Howard Dayton reminds Christians that the Bible is full of advice and wisdom about money and money management. Dayton uses these teachings as a blueprint to guide his readers through good, biblically-based personal finance habits.