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“We do not need to retreat to a monastery, convent or mountain cabin for prayer, fasting and a traditional contemplative life in order to become increasingly virtuous, Christ-like persons,” says the author, David Sanderlin. “We can become increasingly virtuous, Christ-like persons in our own home by acting with love, wisdom and other Christian virtues in our busy marriage and family life.”
Several hundred brief and not-quite-so-brief quotations on marriage, family life and parenthood make up “The Catholic Marriage Wisdom Book” compiled by Donna Marie Cedar-Southworth. There is advice here – from Scripture, novelists, theologians, famous individuals and ordinary married couples — for making marriage work, along with reflections on the meaning of marriage and the personal growth of spouses.
Remarriage following a death or divorce raises difficult issues, some of which are unique to second marriages. This small book covers everything from dealing with loss and guilt to creating a blended family.
Greg and Julie Alexander seemed to have the perfect marriage. Then they hit rock bottom. The Alexanders tell their story of personal conversion that led to the founding of The Alexander House, dedicated to marriage and family education and enrichment.
Dr. Ray Guarendi says that the secret to raising good children is that there are no secrets. “Master some basics,” he tells parents, and they’ll be well on their way.
“Becoming Parents” and “Being a Family”–two sections in this helpful, easy-to-read book–are not exactly the same. The authors offer good advice for both processes, as well as for the subjects of the other two sections, “Being a Catholic Family” and “Raising Children in Today’s World.”
Author Christopher de Vinck gratefully contemplates the people, events and things of daily life. Our reviewer says: “Readers are likely to come upon a few mirror images of themselves in this book’s pages.”
Because “difficult times visit every marriage,” the goal of “Stress-Proof Your Marriage” is to strengthen couples “so that when life’s challenges happen, [a] marriage will bend, not break.”
What contributes to marital success? The authors find five keys to intimacy: communication, couple closeness, couple flexibility, personality compatibility and conflict resolution. The book explains each one, includes exercises that couples can do together, and offers a free “Couple Checkup” to purchasers.
“Fighting For Your Marriage” has become a classic since its publication in 1994. In this new edition, the authors encourage couples to protect their marriage by working on the positives and to follow “ground rules” for discussing difficult topics.
Clinical psychologist Ray Guarendi argues that most marriages, no matter how close to the point of no return, can still be healed. He says that small steps, such as saying “I’m sorry,” can yield big rewards.
Caring for aging parents can stress even the best marriages. The author draws on the experience of caring for her mother to offer practical advice and information to navigate the complexities of elder care.
Motherhood, says the author, is clearly a spiritual pursuit. It enlarges the ability to love so that one can spend eternity with a boundlessly loving God. Among other topics, Callahan looks at Christian perspectives on sexuality, including theology of the body; maternal dangers such as depression; balancing family and work; and joy and suffering.
The husband and wife authors point out that married love grows in the midst of real-life contexts, such as conflicts, child-rearing, and household budgets. They propose an integration of the spiritual and practical aspects of marriage.
Whether you’re a couple with experience in praying together, or a couple who is just starting to do so, this book offers prayers to suit all situations. Its down-to-earth approach to spirituality makes this a valuable resource for couples who desire a deeper relationship with God and each other.
Parenting doesn’t end when kids leave the nest–or even when they get married and become parents themselves. The author offers practical advice for developing an adult relationship with grown children.
This book takes on the challenging questions: How is God present in the pain of a divorce? How does one know when a marriage is over? How can the healing process bring new life? Grounded in Christian tradition and sound psychology, Susan Rowland offers for all who have gone through divorce.
Most marital conflict results from poor communication skills. The author explains what can go wrong and, more important, what couples can do to avoid painful arguments.
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.
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.
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.
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–the honeymoon phase–are also the riskiest. These two books offer practical advice for building a solid foundation for your marriage.
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.
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.