Are you married? Are you planning on getting married? I’ve been married 18 years and still need some guidance. Marriage is hard work, but worth it. Take a look at some of the books I have read and recommend to my married (or soon-to-be married) readers.
#6. A Marriage Carol
Just a little over 100 pages, I was able to read and enjoy A Marriage Carol in just a few days. A revision of A Christmas Carol is just what a struggling or indifferent marriage needs! As I read the book, I couldn’t help but look at the past, present and future of my own marriage.
The authors’ intent is not to point the finger, neither at the husband or wife. I was simply moved by the story and could relate my marriage to their’s in some ways. The intent is to get you, the wife or the husband, to look at your marriage and see what you individually can do to improve your marriage as a whole, with having hope as your first step.
#5. The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage
The book really does a great job of enlightening the reader about Marriage vs. Cohabitation. Not only do God ‘s standards are given to us for our own good; feminism proves to defeat it’s original intentions! My favorite quote in this book is:
Cohabitation is really an insult to your beloved: ‘I’m not totally sure about you. Can I give you a test-drive first, so I can be sure?’
How more accurately could one state the truth than in the above quote? And a more accurate book couldn’t have been written. God has reasons for his moral standards. Cohabitation does not bring all one would expect it to offer. After reading this book I’m even more so convinced and saddened by the detrimental results not just for the couple playing house, but for the children witnessing and living it.
This book is written for women — all women. Even working wives will want to read this. The author understands the need for some women to work outside the home. She encourages you to make sure your decisions, including the one to work outside the home, are grounded in faith.
Discipline and Self-Sacrifice is a section of the book that really grabbed my attention. I’ve been battling with discontentment over unmet goals and neglected priorities. As I listen to the author describe me, I realize the problem is me. No, she’s not pointing the finger directly at me or passing judgment in the pages of the book. God is using this woman’s wisdom to convict me regarding issues I’ve been battling for several years. It’s exactly what I need to hear!
The Good’s Wife Guide is in eBook form.
I want a happy husband. He makes me so happy! He is the best husband, except when he makes me mad, of course! I want to return the favor and be a wife that makes him happy. I don’t want to be the contentious I’ve been at times.
Talking to him while reading this book, I’ve learned that my crazy moods are what make him the unhappiest. While, there are other issues to be dealt with, I plan to use the ideas and suggestions in this book to bring about some happy lifelong changes.
The author, a man, allows Provider and Protector to narrate the parts they play in a man’s life. Understanding how each of these influence a man is beneficial to a wife wanting to understand and appreciate her husband for how he’s made. Also, a wife can come to understand why her husband has the faults and weaknesses he has, and can become the support her husband needs as she prays and encourages him, despite these things that driver her crazy or hurt her in some way.
I laughed (and hung my head in embarrassment) as I read how the author and wife shared the exact scene that my husband and I have shared repeatedly. Maybe you’ve experienced this same thing with your husband. Hubby asks you want you want, but you don’t really giving an answer, expecting him to read your mind. When he doesn’t you pout the rest of the evening. I admit that this is something I do to my poor husband. Why I laughed is because the author and his wife had the very same (and almost word-for-word) conversation that has played over and over in our vehicle. Honey, what would you like to eat for dinner tonight? ending in hubby guessing the wrong thing because I wouldn’t speak up, yet he pays for it with my pouting.
I initially picked up the book For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men because of a minor issue I was having with my husband. What I discovered was quite a bit more!
My husband has said things to me before that I didn’t quite believe or didn’t make much sense. To hear that other men have made this same comment or at least have thought it has helped me to see certain things from my husband’s perspective — like a light bulb came on! I can now understand why he says and does certain things and it actually makes sense. I now appreciate my husband for who he is, while forgiving him for his mistakes and weaknesses.
Leave a comment: What book have you read lately that might benefit another wife? What book has helped you the most?
You can read about some of the other Marriage Books I’ve read and reviewed. Affiliate links included at no cost to you.