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“Think and talk about commitment in positive terms,” Mark O’Connell advises couples in The Marriage Benefit. Nowadays, he says, “commitment can legitimately be considered a radical, even ‘cool’ choice, not a conventional one.”
Carol Leubering had been married more than 50 years when she wrote this little book. Her own marital journey with Jack informs its pages, as do the journeys of other couples whose stories she shares.
Don’t let “Newly Married” in its title prevent you from giving this attractive book to a couple on their first or fifth anniversary. Not only does the book’s square, hardcover format and reasonable price make it an ideal gift, but it also has prayers to last for a lifetime of marriage.
What would the world’s comedians do without jokes about in-laws? Cultural images of meddling mothers-in-law, good-for-nothing sons-in-law and intrusive siblings-in-law are so pervasive that they may cloud awareness that our in-laws are important to us–and we to them.
This is a book for and about husbands, though I’m certain many wives would enjoy it too. The authors of The Husband Handbook are determined to speak about marriage and its challenges in a manner designed to appeal to many men.
In the past century, life expectancy has increased by 30 years. Richard Johnson believes God has given human beings an additional three decades so that they can draw upon the wisdom of the mature years, an age when spiritual growth can flourish.
Robert and Rita Boeke, who have been married more than 40 years, take turns telling the story of their marriage in Forever and a Day. Chapter by chapter, each tells – from his or her own perspective — how they first met, or how they learned to deal with money, or how they sought a balance between the time invested in their jobs and in their marriage.
“Every marriage is still in process,” says Gary Chapman. In The Four Seasons of Marriage, he describes how marriages commonly move from one season to another – from summer to fall or perhaps from winter to spring. He differs from some writers, however, in holding that each season may repeat itself numerous times over the long course of a marriage.
Opening to the table of contents reveals that Take Back Your Marriage has no chapters on communication skills or conflict resolution and none devoted to finances or sex. Instead William Doherty, a practicing therapist, professor and director of the University of Minnesota’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program, focuses on overarching issues: commitment, building an intentional marriage and community connectivity.
“At its very best marriage affords a man and woman the opportunity to create not only offspring but an entirely unique creature called ‘us,’” David Yount writes in Making a Success of Marriage: Planning for Happily Ever After.