As I’ve mentioned, we celebrated my sister’s wedding this past weekend! The day was stunningly beautiful and now we are left in the bittersweet haze of the celebration being over, family and friends leaving town, and settling back into our daily routine at home. There are thousands of photos and I cannot wait to weed through them and recap bits of the whole weekend’s festivities.
In the meantime, with wedded bliss on the brain (and our 5 year anniversary coming up next weekend!!!), I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite books on Marriage!
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
I read this just last year and wrote some of my thoughts and favorite quotes HERE; the question the book hinges on is, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy instead of happy?” If I had to recommend only one book on the topic of marriage (eek, that is tough), it would probably be this (and then I’d start listing these other ones, too :)
Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
Andy and I read Love & Respect and His Needs, Her Needs when we were engaged and they are both fantastic resources to acknowledge the substantially different ways men and women communicate and the different needs/expectations we bring into the marriage relationship!
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Jr. Harley
The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason
My Nono passed away shortly before Andy and I got engaged. When I was in Arizona for his funeral, we spent a great deal of time as a family, reminiscing about this wonderful man who was married to Nana for 61 years (at the time) and a shining example of what it is to follow Christ, love your wife and children, work hard, and enjoy life to the fullest. Among his things, I found and was able to take home this book. I read it while we were engaged and it is amazing. Similarly to Sacred Marriage, Mason emphasizes the beauty in the midst of incredible challenges you face in marriage; being an individual but walking so closely alongside another person. We are called to continuously die to self and look first to the interests of our spouse, that we might be refined and glorify God in the process.
I’ve read and reread this book because it serves as an excellent prompt to think intentionally about my husband during my quiet times. It is broken into about 30 different, short chapters, with a brief anecdote, prayer, and applicable scripture. When I am using this resource, I use it in one of two ways. 1.) I either read one chapter corresponding with that day of the month (chapter one on the first, two on the second, etc.) or 2.) Topically. If there is a specific area that needs prayer but I am struggling to get there, I’ll simply read that chapter to get me started (some chapters include: his decision-making, fears, spiritual strength, role as father, work, leader, faith and future
There are so many wonderful books about marriage (Andy has some of his own favorites that I should share too). I have a couple currently waiting in the wings that I am looking forward to reading this month!
PLEASE SHARE: What are your favorite books about Marriage? I’d love to hear and add them to my reading list!