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In Good Times and Bad

Tough times means that couples need to pool their collective energy in order to solve their problems. Fccusing especially on financial woes, the authors say that teamwork is essential so that couples can survive and even learn from their difficulties.


Longing to Love

Each married couple has a unique story. The author, a lay theologian, reflects on the meaning of love as he talks about his own marriage and its unexpected twists, including the adoption of two daughters from China.


Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It

The author, a clinical psychologist and father of 10 adopted children, offers “straight answers to heartfelt questions” on a wide range of adoption-related issues.


The Lost Art of Listening

This book is for anyone who wants to improve the dynamics of a relationship. It explains the effects of listening, the consequences of not listening, and why people don’t listen. It offers specific techniques to overcome personal needs and understand another point of view.


The Early Years of Marriage: Two Books

The early years of marriage–the honeymoon phase–are also the riskiest. These two books offer practical advice for building a solid foundation for your marriage.


Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal and Move On–Together or Apart

Here is a book for anyone who has experienced a marital affair. “Getting Past the Affair” deals with the immediate trauma of an affair, examines factors that made the relationship vulnerable to an affair and guides the partners in making decisions about the future.


10 Lessons to Transform Your Marriage

Readers assume the guise of eavesdroppers in each chapter of this unique book, listening in on two conversations between a wife and husband attempting to discuss a troublesome issue in their marriage. What makes this book different is its invitation to readers to assess first the disadvantages and then the advantages of two quite different ways of discussing the same issue.


A Community of Love: Spirituality of Family Life

Marriage and family life are interwoven themes in this book by theologian David M. Thomas, who challenges parents and other family members to learn to recognize God’s presence in the most ordinary circumstances of their daily life together.


For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage

What average person expects a book chock-full of statistics and research data to be readable, much less interesting and applicable to everyday life? Yet the way Tara Parker-Pope relates the numbers is absorbing for anyone who is married or interested in marriage.


The Marriage Garden

Marriages, like gardens, flourish when they are tended with care – watered, weeded and nurtured, according to the co-authors of “The Marriage Garden.” Read their advice for making your marital garden grow.


Whom Not to Marry: Time Tested Advice From a Higher Authority

“Never marry a man who tries to control you,” Father Pat Connor advises women in “Whom Not to Marry.” A man’s “suitability as a marriage partner is nil if he tries to control everything his fiancée does and everyone she sees.”


The Forgiveness Book: A Catholic Approach

Forgiveness is not the provenance only of married couples, but it certainly is of special interest to them. “The alternative to forgiveness is … hardened hearts, broken relationships, memories full of shrapnel, and families or communities paralyzed and divided.”


Marriage Makes a Difference

The Christian Family Movement has developed a new resource, excellent for groups, based on CFM’s proven “Observe, Judge, Act” model.


Practical Help from Elizabeth Ministry

These four short, practical booklets offer help to couples dealing with infertility, miscarriage, and prenatal problems.


Handbook for Catholic Moms

Handbook for Catholic Moms

This helpful “how-to” book emphasizes life long learning in the vocation to motherhood; balance; and handing on the faith to one’s children.


When Your Spouse Isn’t Catholic

Not only can a marriage involving a Catholic and a member of another faith community succeed “without either person ‘losing’ his or her faith in the process,” but the couple can make their home a holy place, Carol Gastelum writes in this little book.


While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt

A grand, continuing journey is set in motion when a woman and man marry–one encompassing countless other, briefer journeys that over the years a couple undertakes together. In “While We Wait,” religion writer Heidi Schlumpf recounts one such journey that led to the adoption of a baby boy from Vietnam.


Holy Sex

Holy Sex

If this book does not contain everything you want to know about sex, it tries to come close. Underlying all the information and advice is the principle that proper use of sexuality is holy and makes a person holy.


After the Glass Slipper

After the Glass Slipper

The dream of couples who marry is to live “happily ever after.” With the passage of a little time, however, each spouse notices changes in the other; a variety of conflicts arise. Then, say the authors of “After the Glass Slipper,” the spouses may ask where the person they married went and if it is going to be possible for them to achieve their dream.


Grieving With Grace

Grieving With Grace

A few months after her husband’s death, Dolores Leckey went to dinner with a small group of women, all of whom, except one, were single. “I noticed how I still feel very married,” she wrote afterward in her journal. She added, “At some point in a long marriage we become aware of something like fusion.”


9 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage

9 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage

Nine is the key number in this book, and the starting point is everyday experience rather than William Rabior’s observations as a psychotherapist. By talking with many people whose marriages appear to be solid and happy, the Rabiors distilled nine factors they believe are essential for a successful marriage.


God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy

God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy

With a string of degrees and attributions after their combined names, these authors can be expected to offer solid information and practical advice gleaned from their therapy practice with couples. In God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy they also offer wisdom gained from their own 20-year marriage, captivating stories about other couples and inspiring quotations from a wide variety of sources.


The Honeymoon Habit

The Honeymoon Habit

His rules for handling conflict in marriage rank among Tony Garascia’s most valuable “lessons” in “The Honeymoon Habit.” One rule states, “Treat the other with respect by the use of eye contact, calm voice tone, nonthreatening body posture and by respectful speech.”


The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse

In “The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse,” Art and Laraine Bennett provide a guide for husbands and wives who recognize how different their temperaments are, but wonder what to do about it.


Let Me Sow Light

Let Me Sow Light

Amy Viets and Bernadette Stankard write from their personal experience of living with husbands who suffer from depression. They share other husbands’ and wives’ experiences of living with a depressed spouse.


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