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I highly recommended these marriage and child raising resources. They will encourage and guide you as you seek to strengthen your marriage and raise responsible, well-adjusted children. And I commend you for doing all you can to build up your home by growing in knowledge and wisdom in family relationships. Way to go, you! Click To Tweet
Recommended Books on Marriage
The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, by Gary Chapman
“Respected marriage counselor Gary Chapman looks at the key issues that will help you build the marriage you’ve always wanted, answering such real-life questions as . . .
- Why won’t they change?
- Why do we always fight about tasks and responsibilities?
- And why should we have to work at sex?
In the warm, practical style that has endeared him to audiences worldwide, Dr. Chapman delivers advice on all the “big issues,” like money, communication, decision making, in-laws, and much more.”
Grace Filled Marriage: The Missing Piece, The Place To Start, by Dr. Tim Kimmel
“The missing ingredient in most marriages isn’t love, it’s grace. Love inclines us to get married, but we need grace to keep that love healthy, strong and committed. More than simply “nice,” grace is that game-changing ingredient that enables us to treat each other the way God treats us—even when we don’t deserve it.”
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs, by Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs
“Based upon Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.”
The Meaning Of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment With the Wisdom of God, by Dr. Timothy Keller
“Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious.”
The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, by Gary Chapman
“In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.”
God, Marriage, And Family, by Andreas J. Kostenberger
“In the second edition of God, Marriage, and Family, Köstenberger and Jones explore the latest controversies, cultural shifts, and teachings within both the church and society and further apply Scripture’s timeless principles to contemporary issues.”
Divine Design: God’s Complementary Roles for Men and Women, by Dr. John MacArthur
“Divine Design calls us back to God’s original intent for men and women. Clearing away the cultural noise and misconceptions, author John MacArthur tackles big issues such as authority in marriage, mothers in the home, and God’s view of equality, all while exploring the innate differences between men and women.”
“The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God’s design for love and intimacy.
Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage … even Arguing. The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love.”
“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. What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy?
Sacred Marriage doesn’t just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today’s marriages.”
English Standard Version for easy reading and excellent notations to help you understand what you read.
Recommended Books on Child Rearing
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours, by Dr. Kevin Leman
“Equipping parents with seven principles of Reality Discipline-a loving no-nonsense parenting approach that really works-this internationally known psychologist, author, and father of five shows parents how to – understand why children misbehave and what to do about it – foil finicky eaters, turn off temper tantrums, and minimize sibling rivalries – set suitable allowances, curfews, and privileges – and much more.”
Peacemaking For Families, by Ken Sande and Tom Raabe
“Basic conflict-resolution skills found in Scripture can help you change your home from a battle zone to a love nest. Distinguishing between positive and negative conflict resolution, Peacemaking for Families introduces the reader to valuable principles such as “The Peacemaker’s Pledge,” the “Seven A’s of Forgiveness,” and the “PAUSE Principle of Negotiation.” Real-life stories and case studies help the reader to acquire the skills needed to create a true “peacemaking family.”
Shepherding A Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
Shepherding A Child’s Heart teaches parents how to address behaviors by getting to the root of the issues: their heart.
“Anger! Is it ever a problem in your home? Do your children ever speak to you in angry, disrespectful tones? Do they ever fight between themselves? Have you ever lost your patience and composure when dealing with an infuriating situation in the home? Well, if you honesty answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need this book.”
Grace Based Parenting, by Dr. Tim Kimmel
This book balances giving children, at all stages, grace with clear moral standards.
Successful Christian Parenting, Raising Your Child With Care, Compassion, and Common Sense, by Dr. John MacArthur
MacArthur is your guy for telling it like it is. His scripture-based principles are timeless and practical.
Age Of Opportunity, a Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, by Paul David Tripp
“Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues that affect parents and their teenage children during the often-chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication and learn and grow with their teens.”
Give Them Grace, Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
“Give Them Grace is a revolutionary perspective on parenting that shows us how to receive the gospel afresh and give grace in abundance, helping our children know the dazzling love of Jesus and respond with heartfelt obedience.”
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