Post # 1
My mom had a box of books she was getting rid of and told me to go through it to see if there might be anything I wanted. Well, I came across a couple of books on marriage & fulfilling the role of a wife …and I took them!
Even though I’m a yearish away from getting engaged, I don’t really think it’s ever too early to start reading on how to strengthen and keep your marriage alive, or how to be there for your husband. At least I don’t think so …….
I just have to make sure I keep them in a safe spot for when my SO comes over.
Post # 3
@pokie45: That’s awesome! You’re right, it is never too early… I did the same thing (though now I’m engaged, and my Fiance and I now read these types of books together).
I think it’s great that you’re trying to prepare for the future. In fact I think a lot of the advice in these books are applicable to life even before a marriage (practicing self-lessness, generosity, concern for the other’s needs, etc…). I think more people should do this, in fact! (Granted that it is a good book that doesn’t serve to just freak people out about marriage, of course… some books go into WAY too much detail imo.) I salute you!
Post # 4
@pokie45: Heehee, I can relate. On the recommendation of another bee, I bought a book called The Conscious Bride, even though I’m not engaged yet. It talks a lot about the transition of leaving the “single” life/status and being technically closest to your parents/siblings, to being attached to your fiance/husband most closely and being part of a unit/partnership. It’s very good, but it resonates so much with me sometimes that it’s actually hard to read. Plus I have to keep it hidden from my SO– we live together! I keep it in one of my work bags and only read it when I am on lunch at work. 😉
Post # 5
@Creiddylad: I will have to check that one out (googling now …). I mean ..my take on it is that during the months of being engaged, you’re so busy planning and getting everything ready, you probably don’t have much time to read marriage advice books ..so why not now!
Post # 6
@pokie45: Exactly! Plus, I’m sure that most marital advice can be applied to a dating relationship too, so where’s the harm?
Post # 7
My future in laws have the same idea for my relationship. The got us the five languages of love last christmas, and I must say after reading it, it totally helped my relationship with so, just because of love languages were totally different. In the past year we have worked on that and our relationship is so much stronger 🙂
Post # 8
@jules103: LOVE that book. It was light a lightbulb going off.