Recommended Reads

These are all books that I have read personally (some, many times over) that I think are excellent sources of information for personal growth, dating, relationships, and marriage. A few of the books are spiritual in nature; while I do lean towards the liberal side, there are some things that I am conservative about, and I DO believe very strongly that the best relationships are the ones where both people honor God (or whoever their Higher Being is). Okay, enough of my sermon, here are the books:

For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Christine Feldhahn
(Not for the faint hearted woman – there’s some SERIOUS knowledge in here!)

Marry Him: the case for settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb
(A book that changed how I view dating and made me understand what it is that I truly want in a partner)

Prenups for Lovers: A Romantic Guide to Prenuptial Agreements by Arlene G. Dubin
(Yes, I believe in Prenups, and will do one before I get married!)

Family and Civilization by Carle Clark Zimmerman
(Best book on the history of marriage and the family)

The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute
(This is the absolute best book I have ever read on how to get along with ANY human being)

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper
(This book has a five-star rating on Amazon, so I will let that speak for itself!)

The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick

If Only He knew: What No Woman Can Resist by Gary Smalley
(GREAT book for men!)

Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs
(If you’re looking for a book on how spirituality and marriage go hand in hand, this is the BEST book- great read)

Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make us More Holy than to Make us Happy by Gary Thomas
(Another great book about the covenant of marriage and what it means to God)

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Mordecai Gottman
(VERY good book written by a psychologist who has done years of marital research at his famed “Gottman Institute” – Google his name for his free compatibility quiz on his website)

Communication Miracles for Couples: Easy and Effective Tools to Create More Love and Less Conflict by Jonathan Robinson
(Best book I have read on resolution conflict – you will definitely fight less and for shorter periods of time after reading this!)

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
(Great book, especially for men)

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahane
(Remember the “Embrace your Femininity” post?)

The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian


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