Post # 1
We all are spending a lot of time planning our weddings…but is anyone spending much time planning their marriage? I have wondered, if I read as much about marriage as I do about weddings…how great could my marriage be!? Maybe I should get on that. 🙂
Has anyone come across any recommended books on marriage?
Post # 3
I really liked the John Gottman that we had WB book club about! (Although I was kind of a book club slacker, I mostly just read other people’s comments. Shame on me!) That’s the only one I’ve read, though… I tend to be skeptical about "self-help" books. I’ve heard great things about that Love Languages book, though!
Post # 4
My husband and I took several books on on our honeymoon and read them aloud to each other every night. It was very romantic. 🙂 Here’s my recs:
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr.
Emotional Infidelity: How to Affair-Proof your Marriage and 10 Other Secrets to a Great Relationship by Gary Neuman
Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After you Marry by Les and Leslie Parrott
Post # 5
Aww, Mrs. Spring… that’s adorable!
We’ve spent a lot of time preparing for the marriage… but the work has been more with our officiant, counselor, and less time reading. I’ll have to check out some of the recommended books.
Post # 7
I agree, Mrs. Spring! Too cute!
Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll have to check them out!
Post # 8
I love all the books by Dr. Gary Smalley. http://store.dnaofrelationships.com/ “The Engaged Couples Roadmap” is great if you’re ok with spending a little extra money. Also go to http://www.garysmalley.com/ for some great resources.
“Love and Respect” by Dr.Emerson Eggerichs is an amazing book. Many churches actually require it during premarital counseling. The neat thing about it is that, while most couples devotions are focused on the man leading the relationship, this book is focused on both people. It talked about “The Love She Most Desires” and “The Respect He Desperately Needs.” http://www.loveandrespect.com/
“The Love Dare Book” Based off of FIREPROOF the movie is a really fun devotional. It is more intended for married couples, but it can be a good one to build up the anticipation, and learn how to really appreciate each other. http://thelovedarebook.com/
Post # 9
P and I actually began our relationship by reading books together. They’re not necessarily about marriage, but they’re amazing and they really helped us understand each other and build a good foundation for our future marriage. So I really recommend The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge and Captivating by Stasi Eldredge.
Post # 10
Love and Respect is an awesome book. Fiance and I got it as an engagement present a few weeks ago, and I’m reading it now, and Fiance will read it when he doesn’t have a million other things to read for school.
@gidgett- Our relationship began by reading books together too! Textbooks, that is… During the first week of our freshman year at college, he thought I was cute, so asked me to study with him for a class we had together!
Post # 11
Before my husband and I were even engaged we read the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Two of my best friends were engaged at the time and were told to read it by the officiant that married them. It is written from a slightly Christian point of view, but it is still a great book. I just googled it and you can find it for less than $2 online. 🙂