Book Review

Three Cups

By Tony Townsley with Mark St. Germain
Published by Thomas Nelson

Through a story of a little boy receiving three nondescript cups for his birthday, authors,  Townsley and Mark St. Germain teach the principles of financial stewardship to young and not-so-young readers alike. Townsley is a successful CPA and a father of two.

Filled with warm, memorable illustrations by award-winning painter April Willy, Three Cups, is the story of one family’s unique and effective method of teaching personal financial management, and how one boy reaped first the small and then the immeasurably great rewards of the lessons he learned. For children ages 4  through 8, Three Cups, is a proven, timeless, and timely economic tool.

This book is also a fun way for parents to teach to teach their children about the value of responsibility, generosity, and the joy of reaching one’s goals. With each cup, they will learn about saving, spending, and charitable giving.  Readers can also share their own experiences and read others’ at

Though this book does not include scripture references, it’s been fun to delve into a search for these as a family.  On their own, our girls quickly retrieved cups from our kitchen, labeled them, and redistributed earnings kept in their wallets to fill each cup evenly.  Great opportunity to begin the practice of managing all the resources God affords to us.  Learning to practice skills of  good stewardship can never start too early.

I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 out of 5!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Thomas Nelson book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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