Putting Money in its Place


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 learn how to see yourselves as stewards of God’s possessions and finances.

This easy-to-read cross-cultural book is part of Doug Britton’s eight-book “Marriage by the Book” series. You can read it on its own or as part of the series.

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


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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.

Putting Money in its Place goes deeper than practical financial guidelines. It challenges your attitudes and values about money and finances.

Whether you are healthy financially, 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.


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.


In Putting Money in its Place, you will discover —

  • How your attitudes affect your finances
  • How to make decisions as a team
  • Questions to ask yourself before you buy something
  • 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
  • How to stay out of debt
  • What the Bible says about giving and tithing
  • The difference between hoarding and saving
  • Step-by-step guidelines to make a budget or spending plan


This book is biblical, practical, and easy to read

“Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout Putting Money in its Place to help you apply its Bible-based advice in your marriage. It is comprehensive, yet reader-friendly.

Memory verses invite action. Each chapter begins with a memory verse, since memorizing God’s word changes our hearts and helps us follow his ways.


It is ideal for individuals, couples, and small groups

You can read Putting Money in its Place on your own, with your spouse, or in a small group. It is perfect for a six-week study.

Guidelines for small group leaders and discussion questions for each chapter are found at the back of the book. (Read more about using this book in a small group or church marriage ministry.)


This book is part of the “Marriage by the Book” series

You can study Putting Money in its Place on its own. In addition, you may be interested in the other books in the “Marriage by the Book” series. Although these books bulid on each other, each book stands as a complete book by itself.

The eight books are —

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


In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.

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This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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