(Closed) Marriage Books

posted 10 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

I love the Five Love Languages book.  Have you ready any of John Gottman’s books?  Coming from the Marriage and Family field and all my psychology classes he is very well respected, but has some great books available at book stores.  I read 7 elements of a highly effective marriage and like it. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do"
i won this in one of the contests here on weddingbee. FH and i read bits and pieces of it at B&N right after we got engaged and found it to be really interesting. i’m still waiting for it in the mail but am really excited about it! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i just finished reading the proper care and feeding of husbands by dr. laura schlessinger. it’s obviously more aimed towards women who have been married for some time, but it is entirely helpful. i don’t particularly adore dr. laura, but this book is a must (in my opinion). i am not yet married, but this has changed my relationship already! it is really eye opening. if you get a chance, you should definitely check it out–it’s a quick read!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Regarding "For Women Only":  Looking at reviews on Amazon, it looks like there are parts that might be "shocking" for women to discover about men. 

@Liz.Smith- what are your thoughts on it?  Was it worth reading?  I don’t really like to dwell on cheating, etc. so if it has a lot of stuff about how man aren’t wired to be faithful, let me know!

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I second His Needs, Her Needs and also recommend Love and Respect

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Inspired by janieleigh’s suggestion, I stopped by B&N and started reading "Care and Feeding of Husbands."  I’m finding it so inspiring.  When I was growing up, my mom and I would often sit together and listen Dr. Laura on the radio.  Now that I’m older, I really appreciate why my mom liked it so much.  Its so nice to have someone speak out against our "me first" culture.  I think life, and especially marriage, is so much better when we make others our priority and think of their happiness before our own.  

I think some of her best advice is how vital it is to make your family your number 1 priority.  She talks about women who complain about being too busy to sit down to dinner with their husbands or too tired to spend time being intimate with them.  Her advice is to make the effort and make the time.  Clear something off your plate- take time to get enough sleep, etc.

Anyway- longer post than I thought!  Just thought I’d share.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2006

I agree with WeddingKitty – I recommend Love and Respect. Now I will forewarn you that plenty of people bash this book on Amazon and I was really hesitant to read it. I really enjoyed it and felt like there were some eye opening parts for me personally.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I just finished The Go-Girl’s Guide To The First Year of Marriage by Julia Bourland, and i really enjoyed it. It’s written with a lot of humour, but also contained some really helpful advice. It helped me get excited about everything that’s coming after the wedding! I especially liked her advice that you and your hubby take 2 vacations together a year – 1 weekend away, and 1 longer trip – and that they JUST be about you. No incorporating family visits etc, just re-centering your relationship on each other. It’s a quick read, but it’s well worth it. I’m definitely going to get my FH to read some of the chapters, and I’ll pull it out a couple of months after the wedding and do a refresher course!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I received this book from my future mother in law. Titled "Conscious Bride" I don’t know who the author is, but it brings to light the "dark underbelly" of getting married, all the loss and death (death of the maiden) and the rebirth (married women).

 This book also recommends a few other too.  I found that this book had a lot of good things and it brought to light previous experiences in my life such as leaving for college and explained the actions of my father..etc

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