No one knows more clearly or more uncomfortably the tensions of life lived between the gospel and economic necessity than a parish clergyperson whose text for the day is “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink . . . look at the birds of the air . . . the lilies of the field” and who must tomorrow present a reasonably balanced budget to the trustees for the next fiscal year. Trustees may roll their eyes at clergy naïveté about things of the world like money, and remind the clergyperson that something like 80 percent of some species of birds of the air die every winter because they don’t plan ahead. Who would have thought that ministers are watching the Dow Jones with as much despair and hope these days as everybody else? The Century joins the conversation with Lillian Daniel’s review of three books on the topic of money.