Recommended  Reading

Marriage

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts         Dr. Les and Dr. Leslie Parrott

Seven questions to ask before (and after you marry)      

Love is like a tennis match; you’ll never win consistently until you learn how to serve. Dan P. Herod

 

Boundaries in Marriage                               Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Only when you and your mate know and respect each other’s needs, choices, and freedom can you give yourselves freely and lovingly to one another. 

The crucial element of “two becoming one” is that the two people must be complete in and of themselves-they must be adults before they marry. 

Boundaries are not something you “set on” another person.  Boundaries are about yourself. 

 

The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work    John Gottman Ph.D. 

Happy spouses do not keep tabs on whether their mate is washing the dishes as a payback because they cooked dinner.  They just do it because they generally feel positive about their spouse and their relationship. 

There are few gifts that a couple can give each other greater than the joy that comes from feeling known and understood.  Take the love map test. 

 

Men

The Dude’s Guide to Manhood                       Darrin Patrick

True manhood isn’t unearthed by accident.  It doesn’t simply happen as we get older or as our circumstances change.  It is handed down one generation to the next.  It is passed on from those who have learned from others to those who are on the outside looking in.  Only the coachable can walk the long path of true manhood. 

 

Women

Letting Go of Worry                                             Dr. Linda Mintle 

God’s plan for Finding Peace and Contentment

 

How to deal with difficult relationships          June Hunt

Every person is affected daily by countless relationships of one kind or another. Some are enjoyable and encouraging, while others drag us down and hurt us. What can we do to make the best of the difficult relationships and resolve the problems that arise in them?

 

Teens

Who Wants To Be Normal Anyway?!              Kent Julian

 A Teen Guide to Real Success and Ultimate Coolness

If you want to be successful in life, simply watch what most people do in a given situation, and then do the opposite-nine times out of ten, you’ll receive greater rewards-Earl Nightingale.

 

The Five Love Languages of Teenagers         Gary Chapman

Just like adults, teenagers desperately need to feel that they are loved.  Yet communication this truth to our kids can be challenging.  You will learn to speak your child’s primary love language.  

Quality Time/Words of Affirmation/Gifts/Physical Touch/Acts of Service

 

Have a New Teenager by Friday                   Dr. Kevin Leman

From Mouthy and Moody to respectful and Responsible in 5 Days.


Children

The Power Of A Parents Words                       H. Norman Wright

How you can use loving, effective communication to increase your child’s self esteem. 

If you withhold words of love, affirmation and encouragement from your child, you will stunt his emotional and spiritual growth. 

 

Fears, Doubts, Blues, and Pouts                   H. Norman Wright and Gary Oliver 

Stories About Handling Fear, Worry, Sadness, and Anger.

Divorce

The Truth About Children and Divorce                                      Robert E. Emery, Phd

Dealing with the emotions so you and your children can thrive

The Smart Step-Family                                                                  Ron L. Deal

Seven steps to a Healthy Family