Baker Books, 221 Pages, Paper, $16.99

Here is a take-the-meat-and-leave-the-bones type of book, as it tries to help a broad spectrum of churches. Readers might gain some valuable assistance in matters such as developing budgets, ascertaining appropriate wages for a pastor and staff, addressing indebtedness, working with banks, protecting a church’s financial integrity, and keeping matters legal. The book also addresses some issues that may not apply to independent Baptist churches, such as denominational control,  elder-run churches, or churches that heavily promote yearly giving pledges among members. The chapters have questions at the end for “reflection, discussion, and application.” Several appendixes and an index round out the book.