One Wednesday afternoon, the Accounting Club on my campus welcomed a certified financial planner to speak  with us about different job opportunities in the areas of accounting, business, and finance. It’s always a pleasure to have professionals in the field share their advice with us aspiring businessmen and women.

One of the books that I’ve recently finished reading was actually a generous handout that the CFP gave to all the accounting club students concluding his talk. The title is called The Truth About Money Lies by Russ Crosson with Kelly Talamo. Dang, it’s a darn good read.

To give my personal summary, this personal finance book uses biblical roots and Scripture to back up how we should wisely spend, save, and invest our money. Each chapter gives a real-world financial scenario that focuses on a different money lie  modern culture believes to be true. Of course, each falsity is disproved using God’s Word combined with some personal guidance from Crosson and Talamo. I highly recommend this book for college students who will be making hard-hitting financial decisions in their young adult lives. It’s a quick, captivating, and straightforward read…and that’s saying a lot from someone (me) who gets impatient with novels!


There are 15 chapters in under 250 pages. I don’t want to spoil too much information, but a few lies that are covered in detail include the following:

  • “I can’t afford to give.”
  • “I can get rich quick.”
  • “Retirement is the ultimate goal of working hard.”
  • “Money and the things it buys are a measure of my self-worth.”

Whether you are retired, working towards your first major job, or simply looking for ways to manage your finances better, this book touches on several monetary topics and addresses them from a well-educated, Christian viewpoint. It’s worth a read and a good reference to keep around. It costs between $4 – $15 depending where you look online.

Happy reading!