By C'Moms Members
Q: What are your favorite (Christian) marriage help books, and why?
I guess I'll go first!
I really liked the book For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhan. It was small and didn't take too long to read, but it had great content! It revealed some things that I never knew about men. For instance, men want to be respected by their wives to the same extent that women want to be loved by their husbands. To me, respect is important; but I would rate love as being more important to me. And I assumed my husband felt the same way. But this book helped me to see that my husband really needs my unconditional respect, and I hope that I am more respectful to him now than I was before I read the book. I really try to be.
My favorite is His Needs Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr. It was very informative and eye opening for both DH (dear hubby) and I.
How about The Holy Bible! It's the best book in the world, whatever it is you're looking for, JMO.
Nancy Wilson has a series of books, and I believe her husband Douglas includes one as well. I have Praise Her In The Gates. I can't remember the other titles.
Carolyn Mahaney (CJ Mahaney's wife, if you're familiar) has one called Feminine Appeal.
Noel Piper (John Piper's wife) has Treasuring God in Our Traditions. She focuses on big traditions such as per Christmas, as well as simple ways that you can *make* new traditions within the family, just to make everything special.
DH (dear hubby) and I just finished reading one together called Love that Lasts. It was really good. I have also heard that Love and Respect is good, but I have never read it.
I took a course called "Loving your Husband" a few years ago and it was awesome. They included a reading list .
A really great and VERY Biblical book on marriage in general is The Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. Takes a bit to get into it, but it's definitely worth the read.
I also liked Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome by Nancy Anderson, which deals mostly with trust/fidelity, but it's good preventive medicine.
Finally for women, Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl.
I love The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. It is a book you can read over again each year. I received The Five Love Languages for Christmas, because of recommendations, but I haven't started reading it yet.
Gary Smalley's Love Languages is always good.
I also liked His Needs, Her Needs. I think everyone should have a copy of it.
You can find some of the authors mentioned above in our Marriage section at C'Moms, including Stormie Omarian and Nancy C. Anderson. We also have a new columnist who writes about marriage: Paula Friedrichsen. She has written a book titled, The Man You Always Wanted is The One You Already Have.
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