In honor of Valentines Day coming this week I thought it would be the perfect time to share my five must reads for marriage. 🙂
This book has been a huge hit for our entire family. You likely have heard of it before – but if you have not read it, take it out and re-read it. I know that for myself I used it a great deal when parenting my children, but I often forget to really remember how my husband “feels” loved. We get so caught up in our everyday life that we miss those opportunities to truly convey our heart to the one who holds our heart.
How We Love – by Milan Yerkovich and Kay Yerkovich
My small bible study group read through this book two years ago and it has changed our lives forever. This book takes a look at how you grew up and how that really has everything to do with relating to your spouse. Even though I read this book two years ago, I still have a lot of work to continue doing, but this book gave both my husband and I a place to start using vocabulary in hopes of moving past some of the brick walls where our arguments would end. It helps you understand the emotional hurts of your spouses past as well as your own and gives you some tools to move forward.
I love this inspirational 30 day marriage devotional written just for wives! I want to have a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with both my husband and God and Jennifer Smith does a great job being real, vulnerable and authentic in her words. Having it broken down into a 30 day devotional makes it easy to read and simple to follow through on. Jennifer Smith also writes at Unveiled Wife.
This devotional study was prayerfully composed with 30 days of biblical concepts and practical challenges to help you nourish your relationship with God and your relationship with your husband in marriage into ones that are captivating, intimate and extraordinary. Every day you will be presented with a biblical topic to help draw your nearer to your God and your husband.
The ScreamFree concept changed my life. I have written about it before and even had a group coaching program based on the ScreamFree Parenting book as well – calming down, keeping your cool and growing up is the way to be in ALL relationships – especially in marriage.
The focus is really about improving yourself, not focusing on the other person. I embrace that concept because so often we are trying to change the other person in the relationship and that gets us nowhere! This book offers up some real life strategies to help build responses to often struggles in a more mature manner.
The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
Do you remember the movie “Fireproof” from a few years back? This book was the basis for that move and was based on the concept of offering unconditional love – no matter what. It is a 40 day challenge that can help you get beyond yourself and realize what giving love truly looks like.
This book will challenge you!
I encourage you to pick at least one of these and read it in the next 30 days. Take a few days and pray about which one the Lord would have you read and then step out and discover what He may be wanting to teach you.
Have you read any of these books?