Category Marriage

I Love You & I Like You

I Love You and I Like You: How to Be Married and Still Be FriendsI Love You &  I Like You
By Steve Chapman and Annie Chapman
Harvest House
Retail Price $12.99
Amazon Price: $11.06

Book Description: 

Do you want a healthy marriage that will thrive and grow? Enthusiastically and happily married for more than 38 years, award-winning musicians Steve and Annie Chapman offer you time-tested marriage advice based on their experiences, reading God’s Word, conducting marriage seminars, and prayer. They believe that “no marriage is perfect, but all marriages can be successful.” You can establish a great Christian marriage by implementing their key principles, including:

  • creating a positive atmosphere for intimacy
  • knowing what really makes your mate feel loved
  • improving your communication skills
  • working together to set priorities and goals
  • avoiding money problems by establishing boundaries

Whether you’ve been together for days or years, I Love You and I Like You offers biblical marriage advice that will help you have a happy marriage overflowing with love and romance.

Review

My daughter is getting married this year and I wanted to get her this book, so I thought I would read it myself first.  I am so glad I did.  While this book gives excellent advice for the couple-to-be or newlyweds, it also is a great reminder for older couples on getting back to the basics and sparking romance in your marriage. There is a lot of great advice here packed in an easy to read, small book, so as not to overwhelm.  I highly recommend it!

~Reviewed by Tricia C.

    Messy Beautiful Love

    Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life MarriagesMessy Beautiful Love
    By Darlene Schacht
    Zondervan
    Retail Price $15.99
    Amazon Price: $11.95

    Book Description:

    Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love. Love gets messy. Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.

    Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

    Review

    Anyone who has been married any length of time knows that being married is hard work. After a few years it is easy to forget that marriage is a commitment for life, not just for a see how it works or stop until something else comes along. And it takes way more than love to keep a marriage strong.   This book is a quick, easy read and I recommend this book to couples interested in reading it together.  The author gives tools and ideas on how to keep your marriage strong and what you  can do to shore it up.  It covers the basics in marriage, the problems that arise, and how to work through them together.

    ~Reviewed by David H.

      Marriage Rebranded

      Marriage Rebranded
      By Tyler Ward
      Moody Press
      Retail Price $13.99
      Amazon Price: $11.82

      Book Description:

      When Tyler and Analee got married, they read marriage books, learned about each other’s personality and habits, and exhausted three-step relational formulas. Yet a year and a half after their wedding, they had fallen into a pattern of fighting and unhappiness.Tyler knew he and his wife needed more than formulas and counseling sessions. They needed a vision for marriage that extended beyond just finding happiness and falling in love. They wanted a vision that dealt with the realities of life and gave them a picture of marriage worth fighting for.As a business professional who helps companies “rebrand” when their image doesn’t match up with their identity, Tyler realized that marriage has an image that doesn’t match up to what God designed it to be.Marriage Rebranded will help you replace four modern misconceptions about marriage with more timeless perspectives enlightened by biblical, personal, and historical studies.We need to rethink our modern brand of matrimony. It’s time for us to develop a new vision for marriage-a vision that’s worth fighting for.

      Review

      This is a great book for newly married couples.  Even with premarital counseling, some couples don’t have any idea what a day-to-day marriage looks like and often find themselves disillusioned and ready to throw in the towel.  In this book, the author gives us a fresh look at not only the good side of marriage, but the potential for strife and struggles and how to overcome them.  It is full of practical ways to cultivate and strengthen a marriage, foster co-operation, and deepen commitment.  After all is said and done you will have the insight you need to meld the “two” into “one”.

      ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

        Getting Ready for Marriage

        Getting Ready for Marriage
        By Jim Burns and Doug Fields
        David C. Cook
        Retail Price $15.99
        Amazon Price: $12.16

        Book Description: 

        Jim Burns and Doug Fields wish you the very best for your wedding, but sadly, they won’t be able to make it. What they are here for is your marriage. Jim and Doug have seen it all. They have worked with many couples and have studied extensively to uncover the essential elements for making marriages thrive. This book is their early wedding gift to you: a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate road map for beginning your union.

        Filled with premium fuel for the journey—including meaningful exercises, hard truths, and conversations starters—this book will nourish and guide your relationship for the long haul.

        Review

        You’re in love, and it’s the real thing. You have made a joyous decision together–a decision destined to change your lives forever: You’re getting married! Now, as you plan your wedding celebration, it is time to lay the foundation for a lifetime of love and romance. This book will help you with the important, lifelong task of building a strong Christian marriage.  It is designed to help you prepare for life together after the cake is cut and the guests head home. That is when the real adventure begins–the adventure of creating an intimate, lasting, and biblical marriage!  I highly recommend this for all engaged couples!

        ~Dana T.

         

          7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

          Product Details7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage
          By Kim Kimberling
          Zondervan
          Retail Price:  $15.99
          Amazon Price: $11.40

          Book Description: 

          All of us want an enduring marriage, a beautiful marriage we can believe in. That kind of marriage happens through intimacy. Intimacy requires hard work and a guide. Dr. Kim Kimberling is that guide and this book and its tools will show you how communication and intimacy in marriage can be yours.

          Kimberling offers insights like connecting every day in spite of what’s in the way, learning how to fight in the right ways, stopping the insanity of doing the same thing over and over even when it isn’t working, and finding that the best sex ever is well within the context of Christian marriages.

          Once these 7 secrets are a part of your marriage, you can stand together and fight anything that would ever try to tear your marriage apart.

          Whether you have just celebrated your first anniversary or your fiftieth, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling is for you.  If you have a good marriage, this book can help you have a great marriage.  If you are struggling, Kim Kimberling will help you turn the corner and make your marriage into what you want it to be.

          Review

          This book is amazing! It does not matter if your relationship is good, bad or ugly, this book can help get you back on track to do the things that really matter. Love is a verb; it takes action!  If you read this book and take action, applying these secrets daily you will watch your relationship change for the better! I have learned so much from reading this book.  I now realize that as human being, we can make a lot of mistakes, but we have the power to keep the fire burning and have a happy life. I enjoyed this book because I can be a better person for me, for my marriage, and for my family