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Book Reviews

The reviews may have some comments from us, but most are pulled from the publisher’s information.  If they are here, though, we have found it to be useful.

Sacred Marriage (Book or DVDs) by Gary Thomas

Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply.

Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?

Everything about your marriage–everything–is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ’s character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another–in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God’s overarching purpose.

This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.

The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage

by Stormie Omartian

The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage helps husbands or wives pray to protect their relationship from 14 serious problems that can lead to unsatisfying marriages or even divorce. For those who are already struggling in these areas, this book will help them find healing and restoration.

Readers will learn how to pray about everything from

  • communication breakdown to struggles with finances and raising children
  • misplaced priorities to anger, unforgiveness, and sexual frustration
  • pornography and infidelity to depression and addictions

Praying Through the Deeper Issues of Marriage by Stormie Omartian

Stormie Omartian’s bestselling books on prayer and marriage have touched millions of readers in a life–changing way. Praying Through the Deeper Issues of Marriage looks at 15 serious threats to today’s marriages and helps either a husband or a wife learn how to pray in a way that will protect their relationship from these problems—problems that can lead to unsatisfying marriages or often divorce. For those who are already struggling in these areas, this book will help them find the healing and restoration God has for them.

Stormie discusses issues ranging from

  • communication breakdown to struggles with finances and raising children
  • misplaced priorities to anger, unforgiveness, and sexual frustration
  • pornography and infidelity to depression and addictions

No stranger to struggles in her own 34 years of marriage, Stormie looks at these topics and more in the straightforward and hopeful manner readers have come to trust. As always, readers will find Bible verses and personal prayers they can use as powerful resources to help their marriages last a lifetime.

The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage: How the Power of One Changes Everything by Michael and Amy Smalling

The most significant act of love we can do for our spouse is the single act of taking personal responsibility—or “the power of one.” We cannot reach satisfaction in our marriage relationships if we don’t first look at ourselves and see where we need to change. Personal responsibility is the fuel that drives the actions of a healthy marriage.
Usually, each spouse blames the other for their problems; this attitude only leads down a path of unfulfilled expectations and heartache. But marriages can be transformed, literally overnight, when a husband or wife learns the power of one. By accepting personal responsibility for their own emotions and reactions, spouses can learn how to love their mates to the fullest and create a stronger marriage relationship—with the power of one.

Your Spouse Isn’t the Person You Married: Keeping Love Strong through Life’s Changes by Paul and Keri Reisser

“Who’s that sleeping in my bed?”
Nothing kills a marriage more than when a husband or wife wakes up one morning and begins to think, I don’t really know the other person in my bed anymore, and I’m not sure I want to!
Your spouse will change. So will you. The question is, How will you handle the changes that children, retirement, or financial losses bring? Will the changes draw you and your spouse closer emotionally, or will they push you farther apart?
Using a blend of candid insights—including some very straight talk on sexual issues—humor, and stories drawn from years of experience “in the trenches,” the Reissers offer commonsense approaches to prevention, repair, and rehabilitation of marriage rifts.
With this book you can recapture the intimacy and caring feelings you had when you first fell in love, and learn how to embrace change—with all the good it can bring.

Redemption by Karen Kingsbury

When Kari Baxter Jacobs finds out that her husband is involved in an adulterous relationship and wants a divorce, she decides she will love him and remain faithful to her marriage at all costs. This book shows how God can redeem seemingly hopeless relationships, and it illustrates one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Love is a decision.

Redemption is the first book in the five-book Redemption series that Gary and Karen will write about the Baxter family—their fears and desires, their strengths and weaknesses, their losses and victories. Each book explores key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships.

One Marriage Under God by H. Norman Wright

Who still treasures God’s dream for marriage? The institution of marriage has been assaulted with a vengeance, bringing high divorce rates, widespread cohabitation, and a sharp decline in esteem for traditional marriage; but a ray of hope burns steady and bright. By returning to God’s original intent for marriage, we can overcome all of this world’s attacks against it. One Marriage Under God, by bestselling author and educator Dr. H. Norman Wright, unfolds in a fresh way what God’s dream for our marriages really involves, and how to recover it—for good. Couples find hope, healing, and new joy in their God-ordained union.

Dream Giver for Couples by Bruce and Darlene Wilkinson

Let Bruce and Darlene Marie Wilkinson take you on a journey that will give you hope as you discover the seven principles to experiencing the marriage you’ve always dreamed of.

We’re all familiar with the expression “made for each other” and have no trouble believing it on our wedding day. But it doesn’t take long to discover that a marriage made in heaven must be worked out here on earth.

The Dream Giver wants you to live the marriage of your dreams. Does your Dream Marriage seem hopelessly out of reach? Then you are ready for The Dream Giver for Couples.

Let Bruce and Darlene Marie Wilkinson bring you new hope with seven principles that will help you to experience the marriage you’ve always dreamed of.
Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

Discover the Single Greatest Secret to a Successful Marriage

Psychological studies affirm it, and the Bible has been saying it for ages. Cracking the communication code between husband and wife involves understanding one thing: that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. It’s the secret to marriage that every couple seeks, and yet few couples ever find.

Today, you and your mate can start fresh with the ground-breaking guidance that Dr. Emerson Eggerichs provides in this book. His revolutionary message, featured on Focus on the Family, is for anyone: in marital crisis…wanting to stay happily married…who’s feeling lonely. It’s for engaged couples…victims of affairs…pastors and counselors seeking material that can save a marriage.

Using Dr. Eggerich’s breakthrough techniques, couples nationwide are achieving a brand-new level of intimacy and learning how to: – stop the Crazy Cycle of conflict – initiate the Energizing Cycle of change – enjoy the Rewarded Cycle of new passion

And if you’ll take this biblically based counsel to heart, your marriage could be next!

When Two Become One by Christopher and Rachel McCluskey

Ignite the intimate, passionate love God created you to enjoy with your mate. That’s what this book is all about.

Now in paper, When Two Become One shows couples how to make their love life the fulfilling experience it was meant to be. Christian counselor and certified sex therapist Christopher McCluskey and his wife, Rachel, introduce The Lovemaking Cycle©, an innovative model that helps readers see the difference between sex and making love. Much more than a how-to book, this practical, detailed resource offers a vision of lovemaking that facilitates a deeper experience of intimacy on all planes of marriage. Discussion questions and honest advice make this a must-read for all married couples, counselors, and anyone considering marriage.

Turn Up the Heat: A Couples Guide to Sexual Intimacy by Kevin Leman (Audio on CD)

One of God’s greatest gifts is the pleasure and privilege of sex within marriage. Dr. Kevin Leman knows even married people have lots of questions about sex, but sometimes they feel too embarrassed to ask or don’t know where to turn for the best answers. For all those questions readers couldn’t imagine asking their pastor or even their close friends, Dr. Leman is ready with open ears and expert advice. Often asked about sex and intimacy as he speaks and travels, he bets that some of those questions are the ones readers want answered too. With his trademark humor and wit, he offers frank answers to the burning questions all of us have about sex. Covering such topics as God’s original intentions for sex, body image, attraction, expectations, sex drive, sex after children arrive, and much, much more, Turn Up the Heat is comprehensive in scope and just what the doctor ordered. Readers will not only get the answers they crave but plenty of the hearty chuckles they expect from Leman. Perfect for newlyweds or couples who have been married for years.

Becoming the Woman of His Dreams: Seven Qualities Every Man Longs For by Sharon Jaynes

Becoming the Woman of His Dreams is for women who want to be more Cinderella than Cruella De Vil, but this book is not just about living happily ever after. It’s a thoughtful look at the wonderful, unique, and God–ordained role a woman has in her husband’s life.

Author Sharon Jaynes surveyed hundreds of men and asked them many specific questions, including

  • How would you describe the woman of your dreams?
  • What does your wife do well that other women could learn from?
  • What is one thing you wish women understood about what a man wants in the woman of his dreams?

Pulling it all together, Sharon presents seven key qualities that together unlock the secret to a happy marriage.

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge

God designed men to be dangerous, says John Eldredge. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires-aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a “nice guy.” It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. In this provocative book, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be-dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.

The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick

Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.


The Love Dare, as featured in the popular new movie Fireproof (from the makers of Facing the Giants), is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. Take the dare!

Fall In Love Stay in Love by Willard F. Harley, Jr.

The complete marriage guide from a leading marriage expert.

More than a million husbands and wives have improved their marriages through books by Dr. Willard Harley. And now, for the first time, he invites you to “step into his office” and see how the whole plan works.

In Fall in Love, Stay in Love, Dr. Harley weaves together the insights

and techniques he has collected over the years into one comp rehensive plan for building and sustaining romantic love. In seventeen brief sessions he equips you with the tools you need for a happy, successful marriage.

Discover how to fall in love by meeting each other’s needs. Then learn how to stay in love by avoiding habits that chip away at your love for each other. And don’t forget to master the art of negotiating in marriage along the way. With these vital steps in place, you and your spouse will enjoy a romantic, passionate, life-long love for each other.

How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong

by Leslie Vernick

Experience the Blessings of an Imperfect Marriage. We all–at one time or another–have the opportunity to act right when our spouse acts wrong. There are no perfect marriages or perfect spouses. We know that having a good marriage requires effort and hard work. Yet we often don’t know how to continue to love when we are angry, hurt, scared, or just plain irritated. Nor are we sure what that kind of love is supposed to look like. Should we be patient? Forgive and forget? Do something else entirely?
Acting right when your spouse acts wrong will not necessarily guarantee a more satisfying marital relationship, nor will it automatically make your spouse change his or her ways–although both could occur. It will, however, help you see how God is stretching you in the midst of your marital difficulties, teach you to respond wisely when wronged, and lead you into a deeper relationship with Christ as you yield your will to his plan for your life and learn to be more like him.

Wired for Intimacy:  How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

Pornography is powerful. Our contemporary culture as been pornified, and it shapes our assumptions about identity, sexuality, the value of women and the nature of relationships. Countless Christian men struggle with the addictive power of porn. But common spiritual approaches of more prayer and accountability groups are often of limited help. In this book neuroscientist and researcher William Struthers explains how pornography affects the male brain and what we can do about it. Because we are embodied beings, viewing pornography changes how the brain works, how we form memories and make attachments. By better understanding the biological realities of our sexual development, we can cultivate healthier sexual perspectives and interpersonal relationships. Struthers exposes false assumptions and casts a vision for a redeemed masculinity, showing how our sexual longings can actually propel us toward sanctification and holiness in our bodies. With insights for both married and single men alike, this book offers hope for freedom from pornography.

Forgiving the Unforgivable by David Stoop

Forgiveness is an essential part of being a Christian. But what do we do when confronted with the unforgivable-an act that shakes our moral foundations to their roots, often committed by someone trusted and loved?

Murder, sexual abuse, adultery-all leave lifelong wounds and all are unforgivable trespasses that through the grace of God can be forgiven. Dr. David Stoop compassionately guides us along the course of heartfelt forgiveness, freeing us to apply the biblical teachings that have already changed thousands of lives.

Sheet Music by Kevin Leman

With his characteristic warmth and humor, Dr. Kevin Leman offers a practical guide to sex according to God’s plan. This frank and practical book is a perfect resource for married and engaged couples. Dr. Leman addresses a wide spectrum of people, from those with no sexual experiences to those with past sexual problems or even abuse. Using frank descriptions, this book has a warm and friendly tone that will help couples overcome awkwardness in discussing an issue important to all married couples.

Plan Your Marriage before You Plan Your Wedding by Greg and Erin Smalley

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley open their hearts and share their lives in Before You Plan Your Wedding…Plan Your Marriage so that you can know not only how to build a marriage that will last, but also how to have the kind of marriage where you and your spouse feel safe and honored and valued. When you feel safe, your heart will be open — and open hearts make for fulfilling, powerful relationships.

Find out about the “fear dance” and how to stop dancing it. Discover the two biggest issues that threaten every marriage and how to stop them before they start. Learn what’s more important than finding your soul mate and the significance of happiness in your union.

As wonderful as a wedding is, it lasts only for a brief time — yet marriage is meant to last a lifetime. This important book will show you how to plan your marriage before you plan your wedding.

6 Secrets to a Lasting Love: Recapturing Your Dream Marriage

Everyone wants a marriage that will last a lifetime, and now Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg, have disclosed six secrets that will not only help you create the marriage you’ve always dreamed of, but will create a marriage that will last a lifetime. This revised and updated repackage of the Gold Medallion-winning Divorce-Proof Your Marriage walks couples through the six loves (forgiving, serving, persevering, guarding, celebrating, and renewing) that can effectively shield their marriage from the ravages of disappointment, discouragement, distance, disconnect, discord, and emotional divorce.

When Couples Pray Together by David and Jan Stoop

Christian couples know their lives would be richer if they prayed together every day, but most find it so challenging to achieve daily personal prayer times that they never even try to pray more than table grace together. The Stoops want husbands and wives to pray together, and they have written a book full of practical advice, sympathetic encouragement and true-to-life results in the lives of real couples.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. “Don’t even consider keeping up with the Joneses,” Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. “They’re broke!”

The Total Money Makeover isn’t theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you.

No Debt, No Sweat by Steve Diggs

No Debt, No Sweat! shows Christians how to free themselves from the bondage of financial pain. It is written for people who are financially sound and looking for investment strategies as well as people who are in financial turmoil and need a successful plan for getting out of debt. Author Steve Diggs discusses some very serious issues, with a style that is humorous and upbeat. His focus is biblical, while his approach is confessional. No Debt, No Sweat! will teach readers that over-spending is frequently a spiritual issue—often trying to fill the holes in our hearts with stuff. Yet, upon closer examination, readers will see that these holes are shaped exactly like Jesus—and nothing else will fill them.

Couple Devotional Books

Night Light:  A Devotional for Couples by James C. Dobson

Are the demands of work, kids, financial commitments, and the frantic pace of life straining your relationships with your mate and with God?  Night Light can help.

This daily devotional from Dr. James Dobson, America’s foremost family advocate, and his wife, Shirley, presents the principles that have successfully guided them through four decades of loving, committed marriage and have touched the hearts of millions through their  Focus on the Family ministry.

The Dobson’s first book together features twenty-six weekly themes, Scripture, insightful questions, prayers, and personal commentary, as well as short stories from a host of popular authors.  Each day’s reading offers biblical, life-changing wisdom – in just ten minutes or less.

Night Light is fresh inspiration to look forward to at the end of a long day.  It will bring new intimacy to your home life and spiritual life, and will light your path to the fulfilling marriage God intended for you.

The One Year Book of Devotions for Couples by David & Teresa Ferguson

You’re married. Things are okay…or maybe not.

CHANGE THE PATTERN

You’ve been married a few months or a few years.  Your intimacy could be better.  You know the problems are about the ways you relate.  But how can you change?

CHANGE THE RELATIONSHIP

This daily devotional will help you give and receive love in a whole new way.  Through these proven principles you will find fresh strength to join with Christ to meet each other’s relationshl needs.  You can, and you will, improve your marriage and grow spiritually as a couple.

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

Whether your marriage is shaky or solid, this book will give you relational health, hope, and healing day by day.  Discover true spiritual and marital intimacy through these practical, biblical principles.

52 Weeks of DEVOTIONS on themes such as Trust, Kindness, Intimacy, Respect…and many, many more.

Moments with you by Dennis & Barbara Rainey

In the pages of Moments with You, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, cofounders of FamilyLife, offer inspiritng Scripture and insights to get you started or to continue growing in your quiet time together.  All it takes is a few moments to connect with God and each other during your busy days.  Enjoyable, interactive and easy to use, these 365 all-new biblical devotions provide a daily discussion point, a prayer and Scripture reference.  Each reading touches on central issues facing married couples of all ages and at all stages of life.

If you desire a deeper spiritual connect with God and with your spouse, you will come to treasure Moments with You.

Just Us by Jan and David Stoop

Marriages have a better opportunity of thriving when couples spend time together with God. In Just Us, David and Jan Stoop provide just what couples need to make the most of the precious time they spend together seeking God. Each week’s devotions revolve around a specific theme. In just a few minutes each day, couples will focus on God’s view of marriage, how God blesses marriage, how to grow in love and intimacy, faithfulness, improving communication, resolving conflicts, the roles of husband and wife, building trust, forgiveness, the importance of prayer and how to have an intentional marriage. At the end of each devotion, couples will enjoy the “Talking Together” section with thought-provoking questions for the couple to discuss and further develop the theme or strengthen it in their marriage. By setting aside short daily times together each week, every couple has the opportunity to plant these themes deeper into their lives. What a gift for couples!

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

By popular demand, the author of Sacred Marriage returns to the topic of how God uses marriage to expand our souls and make us holy. Using all new material, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage will help you to explore how God can reveal Himself through your marriage and help you to grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse. From the process of two becoming one, to the sharing of our lives as Christian brothers and sisters Devotions for a Sacred Marriage will challenge couples to embrace the profound and soul-stretching reality of Christian marriage.

Songs in the Key of Solomon:  In the Word and In the Mood  by John & Anita Renfroe

If you sometimes feel like you’re living with a roommate rather than your sould mate, or even if you have a great marriage and just want to kick it up a notch or two, then you need this devotional.  It will help you meet on common ground and discover each other in new ways, and you won’t even need an alarm clock to wake you when your “devotional time” is finished!

Filled with insights from a genuine couple, Songs in the Key of Solomon will get you and your spouse laughing, thinking, sharing, touching, and praying – possibly all during the same reading.  Each offering in this devotional is designed to spark connections around issues that matter, so you’ll deepen your emotional, spiritual, and physical unity and ignite new levels of intimacy.

Songs in the Key of Solomon is an invitation to hear the music in your marriage once again – or maybe for the first time.

Couples’ Devotional Bible (NIV)

If you’re newly married or are contemplating marriage, the best-selling NIV Couple’s Devotional Bible is for you.  Whether you use it together as a couple or as individuals, this Bible will draw you closer to God and to each other.  Each weekday you’ll read a brief devotional message and a nearby Scripture passage.  At the bottom of the devotion, you’ll find “Marriage Builder” questions for discussion or personal evaluation.  At the end of the week, you’ll find “Weekend,” which combines a short, reflective devotion with Scripture readings for Saturday and Sunday.  The NIV Couples’ Devotional Bible contains 52 weeks of devotions – an entire year to help you start your marriage off right!

The topics are as broad and important as marriage itself.  Communication.  Work. Sex. In-laws. Decsion-making. Money. Spiritual growth. Friends. You’ll find them here, together with complete text of the New International Version, today’s best-selling modern translation, known for its accuracy and readability.  Now revised to reflect the realities of relationships today, the NIV Couples’ Devotional Bible is a Bible for, by and about today’s couple.  A Bible for you.

The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples by Stephen and Alex Kendrick

With that in mind, The Love Dare Day by Day encourages and challenges couples toward new steps in faith and love with 365 marital encouragements, reminders, and action points worth repeating year after year.

Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare Day by Day is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy.

COVENANT MARRIAGE: Building Communication & Intimacy

Author: Gary Chapman

Published by: B&H Publishing Group (September 2003)

ISBN: 0805425764

Hardcover: 224 pages

Review or Purchase: Amazon.com

The Covenant Marriage program encourages Christians to exercise the promises and expectations of God’s covenant love in marriage. Practicing Covenant Marriage means couples must offer each other steadfast loyalty, forgiveness, empathy, and commitment to resolving conflict so as to encourage each other in spiritual growth. In this new book, Dr. Chapman shows how communication and intimacy are two of the most important aspects in developing a successful Covenant Marriage. At the heart of it all are the principles that lasting answers to marital growth are found in the Bible, your relationship with God enhances your marriage relationship, communication is the primary vehicle by which two persons become one in the marriage relationship, and the idea of biblical oneness involves not only sex, but intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social oneness.

THE FOUR SEASONS OF MARRIAGE

Author: Gary Chapman

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (September 30, 2005)

ISBN: 1414300204

Hardcover: 218 pages (also available in paperback)

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Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the perennial best seller The Five Love Languages, provides an easytograsp framework to help couples understand their marriage and seven practical strategies for strengthening or improving their marriage relationship. A valuable resource for couples regardless of how long they’ve been married, this biblically based book is a reference tool to help couples through every season of marriage. Take a free online marriage quiz – see what season your marriage is in.

FINANCIAL PEACE: Restoring Financial Hope to You and Your Family

Author: Dave Ramsey

Published by: Viking Adult (January 1, 1997)

ISBN: 0670873616

Hardcover: 270 pages

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The author’s own experience with debt and bankruptcy is the backdrop for the story of his journey from financial riches to loss of everything and then to survival when he found new success through his counseling efforts, which are framed by his religious beliefs. Ramsey determined that his personal experience with financial pain was an ideal foundation for a career in assisting consumers in handling debt.

The reader learns that it takes considerable sacrifice, discipline, and patience to control money, and Ramsey contends that a huge percentage of Americans, caught in a web of instant gratification, need help in managing their finances. The core of the book reflects on 25 principles, which the author calls “peace puppies,” great creatures that are eager to please and love their master but, without discipline, will become wild and mean. These puppies include avoiding the worship of money, giving money away to worthy causes, living substantially below one’s income, and laying out written details of a cash-management plan. Visit daveramsey.com

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE

Author: Christopher and Rachel McCluskey

Published by: Revell (July 1, 2006)

ISBN: 0800731158

Paperback: 192 pages

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Ignite the intimate, passionate love God created you to enjoy with your mate. That’s what this book is all about. Now in paper, When Two Become One shows couples how to make their love life the fulfilling experience it was meant to be. Christian counselor and certified sex therapist Christopher McCluskey and his wife, Rachel, introduce The Lovemaking Cycle©, an innovative model that helps readers see the difference between sex and making love. Much more than a how-to book, this practical, detailed resource offers a vision of lovemaking that facilitates a deeper experience of intimacy on all planes of marriage. Discussion questions and honest advice make this a must-read for all married couples, counselors, and anyone considering marriage.

A TIME TO DANCE

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Published by: WestBow Press (April 11, 2006)

ISBN: 159554187X

Paperback: 384 pages

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They celebrated their love with a dance. But will it end in divorce?

John and Abby Reynolds were the perfect couple, sharing a love born of childhood friendship and deep family ties. They are envied by their friends, cherished by their children, admired by their peers. But John and Abbey are about to lose it all. On the verge of having an affair, John is no more the man Abby married than she is the long-ago girl of his dreams. They are strangers whose days of dancing seem gone forever.

They gather their three children to announce their plans, but before they can speak, their daughter makes an announcement of her own; she’s getting married in the summer.

Abby and John determine not to ruin their daughter’s season of happiness, but as the wedding nears they are haunted by questions. Is the decision they’ve made irreversible? Are there times when marriage–even the marriage between two people of faith–is truly beyond repair? And is it possible, alone in the moonlight on an old wooden pier, to once more find…a time to dance?

Discover the resiliency of boundless love, the power of commitment, and the amazing faithfulness of God in A Time to Dance.

ONE MARRIAGE UNDER GOD

Author: H. Norman Wright

Published by: Multnomah (September 16, 2005)

ISBN: 1590524845

Hardcover: 192 pages

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God’s Dream for Marriage Can Be Reality! Who still treasures God’s dream for marriage? The institution of marriage has been assaulted with a vengeance, bringing high divorce rates, widespread cohabitation, and a sharp decline in esteem for traditional marriage; but a ray of hope burns steady and bright. By returning to God’s original intent for marriage, we can overcome all of this world’s attacks against it. One Marriage Under God, by bestselling author and educator Dr. H. Norman Wright, unfolds in a fresh way what God’s dream for our marriages really involves, and how to recover it – for good. Couples find hope, healing, and new joy in their God-ordained union.

LOVE AND RESPECT

Author: Emerson Eggerichs

Published by: Integrity Publishers (September 7, 2004)

ISBN: 1591451876

Hardcover: 240 pages

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Discover the Single Greatest Secret to a Successful Marriage! Psychological studies affirm it, and the Bible has been saying it for ages. Cracking the communication code between husband and wife involves understanding one thing: that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. It’s the secret to marriage that every couple seeks, and yet few couples ever find.

LOVE TALKS FOR COUPLES

Author: Gary Chapman and Romon Presson

Published by: Northfield Publishing; Spiral edition (January 1, 2002)

ISBN: 1881273482

Flipbook: 216 pages

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Your spouse is a unique person, filled with amazing insights, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Communication is key to really knowing and fully loving that person. Best selling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman has developed this handy tabletop resource to get you and your spouse talking. With 101 probing questions, couples will find their relationship enhanced, their intimacy deepened, and their romance ignited. Love Talks for Couples is the perfect companion to the best-selling book, The Five Love Languages. It also makes an excellent Valentines Day, wedding, and anniversary gift. It helps you and your spouse get the conversation flowing.

A MARRIAGE AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

Author: David Clarke

Published by: Multnomah (February 5, 2001)

ISBN: 1576737551

Paperback: 224 pages

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Isn’t sexual — or emotional — intimacy enough? “No,” says Christian psychologist Dr. David Clarke. “Spiritual bonding is the process by which a couple cultivates the presence of God in their relationship,” he says, “and it’s the only ‘glue’ that sustains relationships long-term.” Working with hundreds of couples, Clarke observes that when we take specific steps to keep God at the center of our relationships, every area of intimacy is energized. This book teaches men and women in a committed relationship how to pray together, create “spiritual conversations,” read and study Scripture together, hold private worship sessions, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide them. It’s extremely practical counsel all couples need today.

REKINDLING THE ROMANCE

Author: Dennis and Barbara Rainey

Published by: Nelson Books (September 1, 2004)

ISBN: 0785200010

Hardcover: 224 pages

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Deep within every marriage is a God-given desire for intimacy. By God’s design, romance is supposed to be the flame in the fireplace. It includes warmth, security, and, of course, sexual intimacy. Yet far too many Christian couples feel cheated because their marriage produces about as much spark as a book of wet matches. For them the kids, the long hours at the office, the bills, health issues, and even feelings of guilt leave them drained. Others have neglected to fan the flames of passion for so long that they have lost hope of experiencing romance. In short, romance in marriage can be a challenge and a mystery.

FIRST 90 DAYS OF MARRIAGE

Author: Eric & Leslie Ludy

Published by: W Publishing Group (April 11, 2006)

ISBN: 0849905249

Paperback: 240 pages

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Most married couples look back on their first few months of marriage as a roller-coaster time of surprises, awakenings, and lots of ups and downs. But Eric and Leslie Ludy, bestselling authors of When God Writes Your Love Story, show couples in this practical, inspirational book how to transform the whirlwind of the first days of marriage into a sure foundation that will support them for a lifetime.

DEVOTIONALS FOR COUPLES

Author: David & Teresa Ferguson

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (November 30, 2004)

ISBN: 1414301707

Paperback: 400 pages

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The 365 meditations in this couples’ devotional are arranged around 52 themes–one theme for each week of the year–such as affection, compassion, forgiveness, honor, leadership, mercy, respect, security, trust, and understanding. Scripture passages, real-life stories, prayers, and daily challenge questions give couples a dose of truth, encouragement, and direction to strengthen their marriages. Husbands and wives will learn to give and receive love in a whole new way.

10 GREAT DATES

Author: David and Claudia Arp

Published by: Zondervan (May 4, 1997)

ISBN: 0310210917

Paperback: 208 pages

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This book is organized around ten dates that couples will experience to learn five basic skills and five advanced skills to revitalize their marriages. Small groups of couples can learn important skills and revitalize their marriages with this fun and unique approach.

EVERY MAN’S BATTLE

Author: Stephen Arterburn

Published by: WaterBrook Press (July 18, 2000)

ISBN: 1578563682

Paperback: 256 pages

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Shattering the perception that men are unable to control their thought lives and roving eyes, Every Man’s Battle shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity–perfect for men who have fallen in the past, those who want to remain strong today, and all who want to overcome temptation in the future.

EVERY HEART RESTORED

Author: Stephen Arterburn

Published by: WaterBrook Press (October 19, 2004)

ISBN: 157856784X

Paperback: 272 pages

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Filled with stories from wives and husbands at every stage in the struggle for sexual purity, Every Heart Restored addresses the questions and real-life issues that matter to you most. Whether you are facing the startling new revelation of your husband’s sin, dealing with a long-term problem, or cleaning out an old wound, Every Heart Restored will meet you where you are and guide you to healing greater than you imagine possible.

THE POWER OF THE PRAYING WIFE

Author: Stormie Omartian

Published by: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 1997)

ISBN: 1565075722

Paperback: 208 pages

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Omartian shares how wives can develop a deeper relationship with their husbands by praying for them. Packed with practical advice on praying for specific areas, including decision-making, fears, spiritual strength, and sexuality, this book helps women discover the fulfilling marriage God intended.

REDEMPTION

Author: Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (August 2002)

ISBN: 0842356223

Paperback: 373 pages

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Laura Baxter Jacobs has a fulfilling relationship with the Lord, an exciting life of modeling and volunteer work, and a wonderful marriage. Then an anonymous phone call reveals her husband’s infidelity, turning her world upside down. Laura prays and forgives Tim, deciding to use this break as a springboard to rebuild their marriage. Tim, however, wants a divorce. The reappearance of an old boyfriend and the constant harping of Laura’s sisters to divorce Tim also upset her, but Laura plans to stick with her decision to love her husband and win him back with a little help from God.

BOUNDARIES: FACE TO FACE

Author: Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Published by: Zondervan (October 1, 2003)

ISBN: 0310221528

Paperback: 272 pages

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Successful people confront well. They know that setting healthy boundaries improves relationships. They have discovered that uncomfortable-even dangerous-situations can often be avoided or resolved through direct conversation. But most of us don’t know how to go about having difficult conversations. We see confrontation as scary or adversarial. We’re afraid to ask a boss for a raise or talk to a relative about a drinking problem, or even address a relational conflict with a spouse or someone we are dating.