Putting Money in its Place


Book 7 of “Marriage by the Book”

In this practical, Bible-based book you will discover insights and tools that will help you get out of debt, make financial decisions as a team, give generously, spend wisely, make a spending plan, and prepare for the future. More importantly, you will be challenged to examine your attitudes and values about money.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 180 pages.


Part of the “Marriage by the Book” Series

Many couples and small groups read all eight books. However, each book also stands complete by itself. Click on the following links to read about each book:

Book 1: Laying a Solid Foundation
Book 2: Making Christ the Cornerstone
Book 3: Encouraging Your Spouse
Book 4: Extending Grace to Your Mate
Book 5: Talking with Respect and Love
Book 6: Improving Your Teamwork
Book 7: Putting Money in its Place
Book 8: Celebrating Intimacy and Romance


Readers’ Comments

“I am pleased to recommend ‘Marriage by the Book.’ Doug Britton’s experience in counseling married couples—and his commitment to give Scriptural advice—make for books that are both practical and insightful. When so many today are turning to contemporary ideas about marriage, Doug’s commitment to the life-changing relationship principles found in God’s Word is most refreshing.”
— Scott Wieking, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church (Davis, CA)

“What’s the greatest gift a couple can give its children? The example of a great marriage. I have seen numerous marriages improve by leaps and bounds as people studied ‘Marriage by the Book’! I love its Bible-based step-by-step approach to making giant changes. I highly recommend these practical books.”
— Earl Radford, Board Member and Children’s Pastor, International Network of Children’s Ministries

“Doug Britton’s humbleness and sincere love for people allowed God to use him to transcend cultural and racial differences with biblically based writings that truly blessed our congregation. Doug’s gifted insight and real life experiences expressed in his writings have and continue to assist couples in our congregation to discover the principles for a successful marriage and a healthy family.”
— Isaac Cotton, Pastor, St. Jude Christian Tabernacle (Sacramento, CA)

“’Marriage by the Book’ has allowed us to empower and impact hundreds of marriages from a biblical perspective. Couples who were on the path to divorce are happily married today because of studying these books.”
— Samuel Gordon, Associate Pastor, Capital Christian Center (Sacramento, CA)



How will reading Putting Money in its Place help us change?
This book doesn’t just tell you what to do. It shows you how to do it, with:

  • Self-assessment quizzes to identify reasons for problems
  • “Make it personal” questions throughout the book (with space to write your answers) that help you apply the lessons
  • Exercises you and your spouse can do together
  • Personal plans to help you grow in six key areas of your marriage

Is Putting Money in its Place only for people with money problems?
Whether you are financially stable, struggling with debt, or facing a crisis, these pages will give you hope, encouragement, and practical advice to help you handle your finances and money God’s way.

Is this book for new marriages or long-time marriages?
Its practical, Bible-based advice will strengthen and bless your marriage, whether you are newlyweds or you have been married for decades.

Is this book cross-cultural?
Yes. Since it is based on the Bible, its truths apply to every racial and ethnic group. When you place your order, you can choose a multicultural cover or an African-American cover.

Can we use this marriage book for a small group study?
Yes. Putting Money in its Place includes a small group leader’s guide with:

  • Tips for leaders
  • Step-by-step meeting plan
  • Discussion questions for each chapter

What are some topics covered in Putting Money in its Place?
In these pages you will discover many Bible-based insights and practical tools. A few examples:

  • How your heart affects your finances
  • Steps to making financial decisions as a team
  • Questions to ask yourself before you make a purchase
  • What to do when one of you is a spendthrift
  • What to do when one of you is a tightwad
  • How to get out of debt (and how to stay out of debt)
  • What the Bible says about generosity and tithing
  • The difference between hoarding and saving
  • Step-by-step guidelines for making a budget or spending plan

What if my spouse won’t read this book with me?
It’s ideal if you both read this book. However, if your spouse doesn’t want to join you, don’t say, “I’ll read it, but only if you will.” Instead, learn how to be the best husband or wife possible. God can perform miracles in your personal life—and in your marriage—even if you study on your own.

Why do so many marriages have problems?
That’s a great question. After all, most marriages start out with two people who are certain they can craft a wonderful union. Yet as the years go by, many never experience the passionate, joyful life they expected. After helping approximately 1,000 marriages, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist Doug Britton says a key reason is that most people do not know the Bible’s instructions about how to create a great Christian marriage—or they don’t know how to apply the instructions.

Why do readers say they like Putting Money in its Place?

  • It is practical, cross-cultural, and Bible-based.
  • Text is broken into small, easily-digested portions.
  • Points are clearly identified with headings, bullets, and check boxes.
  • The writing style is direct and straight-forward.
  • Real-life stories and examples illustrate key points.
  • “Make it personal” questions help couples apply the lessons.
  • Each chapter is summarized at the end of the chapter.
  • Wire binding makes it easy to write in the book.


Digging Deeper

Do you and your spouse disagree about finances? Do any of these complaints sound familiar?

  • “What’s wrong with borrowing money? We can pay it back.”
  • “We’re drowning in debt. I can’t stand it.”
  • “She couldn’t save a dime to save her life.”
  • “My spouse won’t put my name on the bank account.”
  • “He’s a tightwad. I have to beg for money to buy clothes for the kids.”
  • “She won’t keep track of her spending.”
  • “Our house is falling apart, but he only spends money on his hobbies.”
  • “Now that we are retired, we can’t agree on how to spend our savings.”
  • “I want to give more to the church, but she’s always fighting me about it.”
  • “He’s a dreamer. We’re almost bankrupt, but he says things are okay.”

If some of these complaints sound familiar, don’t be discouraged. Many couples voice similar frustrations every day. Even if you don’t criticize your spouse or get into arguments over money, you may face a common problem — too many expenses and not enough money.

God knows handling money is challenging. That’s why there are so many verses about it in the Bible. In Putting Money in its Place, you will discover practical, biblical advice that will help you no matter what your financial situation is.

Whether you are financially stable, struggling with debt, or facing a crisis, these pages will give you hope, encouragement, and practical advice to help you handle your finances and money God’s way.

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