8 Christian Stewardship Books for Better Biblical Stewardship

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Many of us were not taught solid Christian stewardship. Money either wasn’t talked about, or was a point of stress, or some combination of mystery and mayhem.

But Christian money management is important, and actually do-able if you are willing to learn something new and make a few new habits. It may be a challenge, but you’ll discover it’s totally worthwhile!

So let’s take a few minutes to discuss what the Bible says about money, and then dive into some books that have had a great impact on my understanding, and Biblical stewardship/Christian finance habits.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one of the links, I may make a small commission. I only recommend books and resources that I’ve enjoyed personally, or believe that you would like. You can read my full disclosure here. You will also find information on Scripture translations there.

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What is Christian Stewardship?

Christian stewardship, AKA Biblical stewardship is a very practical part of a Christian worldview. Managing our income and expenses is a big part of our lives, and we should put in the effort to learn how to manage our money God’s way, right?

Viewing the money that we handle as God’s money that we’re managing as stewards, is a powerful first step in the prosses of financial transformation. All the other steps we take will flow from that perspective.

What Does the Bible Say about Money?

I’ve gathered a few verses for you, but Open Bible has a lot to say on the topic of money, highlighting 100 verses on the subject. From this sample, I would say the heart, the attitude, is the most important piece, though.

 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Collosians 3:17 NIV

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1 NIV

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5 NIV

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

What Did Jesus Say About Money?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:31-33

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Luke 6:38 NIV

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

Luke 14:28-30 NIV

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Luke 16:11 NIV

Key Principles of Stewardship in the Bible

Looking at those verses and others, these are a few key principles of stewardship in the Bible that jump out to mej:

  • It’s Not MY Money, so I need to steward it responsibly
  • Be Generous
  • Plan Ahead
  • Be Trustworthy
  • Don’t Worry, Seek God, He’s Got You
  • Be Diligent
  • Tithe
  • Take Care of Your Family

8 Christian Finance Books for Better Biblical Stewardship

I know there are dozens of Christian Finance books, and most of them are helpful in one way or another. But these are the Christian stewardship books that have had the most impact on me personally. I find them accessible, practical, and not boring! Whether you like to think about financial stuff or not, these books aren’t painful, and you will probably enjoy them. Yes, I said enjoy them. Most have humor, and steps you can actually accomplish, wherever you are at with your Christian money management skills.

Simple Money Rich Life by Bob Lotich is actually simple. The actionable steps at the end of each section prompt you to go from reading to doing, in bite size steps. This 21 Day Kickstart to Stress Free Money Management is fascinating. It actually achieves the goal of being readable, relatable, and useful. If you don’t like talking about finances, or thinking about them, but you know you really should. then start here!

The way the author explains things, and relates them to non-money concepts and situations is wonderful. I read through the book in far less time than I normally read nonfiction, and am about to start again, this time doing the homework.

He has a slightly different perspective than the others I’ve read, and actually makes sense to me, in practical ways to be good stewards, and manage our money, (Saving, Earning, and Giving) a better way.

I really appreciate the way the author takes a stressful subject and shows us ways to make it way less stressful, and even find some fun in it.

I received a copy of the book from the author, and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.

Know Yourself, Know Your Money by Rachel Cruze is one of the stewardship books I read last year that really opened my eyes. How the way your family handled money when you were growing up, your personality, and other factors effect your personal money habits. Also how specific money fears and money tendencies shape the ways you are most likely to naturally handle money.

Kingdom Stewardship by Tony Evans is a Christian finance book that I have not read yet, but is on my TBR. I’ve heard good things about it being comprehensive and practical, and just from the title, I think it fleshes out “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you”

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall is a Contemporary Christian Fiction trilogy well worth reading. In the first book, Jason thinks he’s about to get a sweet inheritance from his billionaire grandfather. But his grandfather was wise, and, instead of just handing over wealth to a ‘prodigal son’ of sorts, he requires Jason to take a year, and fulfill 12 challenges that help him mature and grow in his understanding of a true Christian stewardship economy.

Obviously, he succeeds, and the other two books continue his journey through life, and how Christian money management skills help him see beyond dollars and pleasure, to friendship, generosity and purposeful kingdom living.

Money, Possessions, and Eternity: A Comprehensive Guide by Randy Alcorn, coming in at over 500 pages, is truly comprehensive. Another one on my TBR, But I didn’t want to leave it out, either. This author has such a way with words, that captivates the reader, and helps you really understand something, whether he’s writing fiction or nonfiction, such as this, or his books on Heaven.

Another book on Christian stewardship I liked, was this one on simple steps to financial freedom. It is the one that got me started looking deeper into the topic of Christian money management.

Free Planner includes daily, weekly, monthly and 12 week planner pages, year at a glance pages, reading log, stewardship log. Make a plan and follow it imperfectly, or fail to plan and just let life happen to you...

Christian Money Management for Kids: Teaching Christian Stewardship

Trusted by Matt Bell

This is a fascinating parenting book, and while the target topic is financial stewardship and wisdom, it has a much more broad impact than that.

It truly helps you to be able to help your kids become responsible adults capable of long-range planning, building an attitude of generosity in more than just financial ways, and delayed gratification, which is an increasingly rare and helpful life skill!

The book is full of practical advice and how-to information. Each chapter ends with a concise recap of the chapter advice which you use as an index as well as a planning guide. There are suggestions for applicable verses for you and your kids to memorize.

I need to get ahold of a hardcopy because I can see the need to refer to it over and over again through the years ahead.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.

All About Money (Business Economics) Funschooling Journal is a very practical journal for kids ages 10+ to learn the history of money, how it works, how the government and other factors influence the economy, etc. as a foundation for money management. They will also learn about taxes, budgets, historical events, current events, supply and demand, ways to earn money, and dozens of other practical financial topics.

This journal is library/youtube driven, so the kids (or family) are given prompts to go research in whatever format they learn best with.

How to Make Money (Jobs and Businesses) Funschooling Journal is also for kids ages 10+ and is library/research based, and explores lots and lots of career options, with questions to be researched like necessary skills, education, cost of that education, anticipated annual earnings from that career, etc, it really gets kids thinking beyond what sounds fun, and into the nitty gritty of what that career actually looks like.

What Christian Books on Finance Am I Missing?

It’s your turn. I know I haven’t included all the Christian stewardship books out there, because of space, and because I haven’t read them yet. What are you reading to help you along your Christian money management journey? Or which of the ones I listed above are your favorites?

Help the rest of us, by sharing what you know about the best books to read to get inspired and know how to run your finances God’s way?

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