Author: Cynthia Ruchti/Becky Melby
Genre: Christian Living/Marriage
A frank and funny look at what to do when together is too close
Two's company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens when--due to retirement, working from home, or even running a business together--spouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners co-exist without co-exhausting each other?
Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes of the discomfort. They dig into the ways God's Word addresses the topic, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.
For any Christian who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for all--not just themselves--and who wants to know they aren't alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable, charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.
Author: Cortney Donelson
Clay Jar, Cracked: When We’re Broken But Not Shattered guides readers through some of life's most painful and traumatic experiences. We are all like fragile jars made of clay, and life’s disappointments and tragedies threaten to destroy us. Financial ruin, the loss of a child, a daunting diagnosis, addiction, or even loss of faith leave cracks in our jars. Some are wider and deeper than others, but each weakens the whole . As these cracks occur, how do we keep from shattering? How can we find authentic joy within our cracks and avoid succumbing to hopelessness or bitterness? Clay Jar, Cracked provides bold, thoughtful, and compelling answers to these questions and suggests an answer to perhaps the most intriguing question of all: Could even the biggest cracks be worth it?
Author: Alexandria Bagnell
Your husband has said he's leaving you. For another woman? A mid-life crisis? To announce his homosexuality? How would you react? Who could you turn to?
Abandoned Into the Heart of God is Alexandria Bagnell's story of how she answered those questions with God's help. Alexandria shares her experiences to help women understand they are not alone. By writing practical, supportive and spiritual applications at the end of each chapter, she is able to help women:
Not only is this book for women who are walking or have walked the journey of abandonment, but also for family members, friends, pastors, counselors and divorce support groups.
Abandoned Into the Heart of God is a story of God's mercy and grace, of forgiveness, of healing and recovery.
And, it's about His unconditional love for you.
fearlessly shares her marital experiences in order that readers might be encouraged and inspired by her candid vulnerability.
Whether you are a Christian whose husband isn’t a believer, or a wife desiring to improve your relationship with your spouse this book is for you! A Wife and a Witness outlines specific Biblical concepts to help build a stronger marriage especially if your spouse is not saved, and profound insight into what is necessary to keep your trust in the Lord, allowing him to work in your day- to-day life and in your home.
With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson shows how to live out those roles. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.
Whether you are starry-eyed in love or struggling to make it work, this book will show you how to keep your marriage healthy, strong, and fulfilling.
Author: Sally Poyzer
Genre: Christian Living/Marriage
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR MARRIAGE!
Is your husband frustrating and annoying?
Do you wish he was more loving and considerate?
And does he show absolutely no interest in learning how to change?
That Book for Wives shows you four key ways that you can transform yourmarriage, even if your husband is not interested in changing.
In this easy to read, biblically-based book, Pastor Sally Poyzer shares how she spent the first few years of her marriage trying to fix her husband until God showed her that instead of trying to change him, she needed to change herself.
Telling stories from her own experiences in an amusing and engaging manner, Pastor Sally gives practical and valuable advice for meeting your husband's four main needs.
If you want to see your marriage transformed, you need to read That Book for Wives!
Author: Jim Hughes
Genre: Christian Living
Joyless? Lifeless? In a rut? Sometimes married life can get that away. If you want something more out of your marriage, then author and pastor Jim Hughes' C Through Marriage is for you. Explore the many issues that every married couple must face on a regular basis if their marriage is going to be what God intended.
Life has become a vicious cycle of busy activity for most of us. We scarcely have time to say hello to each other, let alone have the time to nurture and grow our love. The busier we get, the farther we drift apart, and the farther we drift apart, the more we are tempted to wander. We don't want it to happen, but isn't that just the way of life these days? Adultery, divorce, loveless marriages-what can we do? Hughes' advice covers everything from Cash and Chemistry to Children and Cuddling. But the most important focus of any marriage is the Covenant that it is and the oneness it creates.
Reviewer: Valerie Jackson
This book is focused on the many problems that could beset a marriage (all starting with the letter "C") and could be considered a series of short essays on each problem. Considering the number of C's, the author wisely kept most of them to the point. The number of topics is comprehensive, but his treatment of them isn't, which makes for an easier read. As such, it should probably be considered a resource, with the reader turning to and bookmarking the areas they'd like information on, rather than reading the book straight through.
The author frequently speaks man to man, as well as to couples, which is a nice change from many similar books. He covers everything from practical issues like Cleanliness and Consummation, to spiritual issues like Christ-likeness. There are also some really nice turns of phrase here and there. "Chivalry is the knack of putting your spouse on a pedestal and defending his or her right to be there before the world," is a favorite.
It would be nice if had more scripture citations, even if only into footnotes. I recognized when he was quoting scripture instead of simply giving his opinion, but not everyone will. Plus, sometimes I like to look them up if I'm not familiar with them.
Overall, this is a good resource to help those who can't quite pinpoint what might be going on with the marriage. And who'd like to know what they're getting right.
Reviewer: Mary Hemlow
Pearls for the Bride by Laura Thomas is a book that is important for today because marriage is under attack in our culture, but is foundational for Christian family values. The cover immediately draws you in and the bridal theme is obvious. While this book is well-researched, I struggled with quotes from popular Hollywood personalities, Doris Day, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and others. I would have preferred the authority for Thomas' assertions to have been the bible or recognized Christian authorities on topics like conflict resolution, acceptance of our circumstances, family values etc. It was well researched and citations were given, I just didn't approve of the sources. However, it was well done and while I would have liked more biblical principles illuminated I would still recommend this to a bride-to-be.
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