14 Days of Improving Your Marriage Book Resources & a {giveaway}

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Well, here we are – Valentine’s Day. Did you make it through all 14 posts? If not, you can catch up here. I hope you all have enjoyed and been blessed through series as much as I have. It has been truly an honor to share with you over these past 14 days. I am by no means an expert in marriage, but I am learning daily how to be the woman of God my husband needs and for that…I am grateful.

30 books that will enrich your marriage

Even though this series is a great starting point for improving your marriage, there are more resources you can learn from as well. Today I have gathered some of my favorite books for married couples, wives and husbands. If you’ve not read them, I hope you will check them out.

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BOOKS FOR COUPLES

The Love Dare Day-by-Day and Fireproof Your Marriage. Both of these books are from the hit movie FireproofThe Love Dare: Day-by-Day is a daily devotional for couples to go through together. It offers encouragement, challenges, reminders and action points to help not only improve your marriage, but salvage it before it becomes a pile of ashes. Fireproof Your Marriage is a 6-session DVD study for couples. It includes “discussion-starting movie segments and two participant’s guides that integrate Scriptures and video clips with questions and devotions for individuals and couples.” (from Amazon.com)

Beyond Ordinary is another new-to-me book. When I read the synopsis, I was immediately hooked. Written by husband and wife, Justin & Trisha Davis, this books deals with the greatest threat to marriages and relationships – ordinary, the belief that this is as good as it gets. Speaking from personal experience, Justin and Trisha deal with tough issues that lead to destruction and the heart change that led to healing and an extraordinary marriage.

Love is a Verb Devotional and Love is a Verb are both by Gary Chapman. These two books don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, but certainly compliment each other. Rather than another typical marriage “self-help” book, this set inspires you through real-life stories that truly show love in action. The devotional includes a Scripture verse, brief true-story and concluding thought by Dr. Chapman.

My husband and I have been going through 31 Days to great Sex by Sheila Gregoire of To Love, Honor and Vacuum. It has been eye-opening and fun to get to know each other again in this most intimate way. As I mentioned in previous posts, this area is difficult for me. But this book gives you some thoughts on a specific area of sex in your marriage and then an action step (not always sex) to help move you toward sexual healing and deeper intimacy in your relationship. This is a definite MUST READ!!!

31 Days to Build a Better Spouse is a 31-day prayer book for you and your spouse. This book, by Ashley Pichea, is not gender specific, so both of you can read this one. Spend 5 minutes a day praying specific prayers for your spouse – not with the intention of changing them, but changing your relationship with them. A great resource!!

The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman, has helped me countless times. In fact, its a book I refer to often to understand where my husband’s frustrations are coming from. We have two very different love languages and it can be difficult to understand each other’s needs and desires. This book lays out the 5 areas that we, as humans, feel the most loved. This book outlines them so clearly and gives great, practical advice on how to recognize and then love someone in their own language.

Rekindling Romance eKit from A Biblical MarriageWhile this is not a traditional book, I think it warrants being mentioned here. This kit has 7 ideas to reignite the spark between you and your spouse and includes some cheap & easy date ideas as well as 3o printables to help keep the romance alive.

14 Days of Improving Your Marriage – yes, that’s right…I’m compiling this entire series, plus a few bonus items, to create my very first ebook!! I’m not quite finished with it, but I am working to get it finalized and ready for you within a couple weeks!!!

BOOKS FOR WIVES

Darlene Schacht, also known as Time-Warp Wife, has several wonderful books that are a must for wives. The Ultimate Marriage Vow is a 21-day challenge that is designed to strengthen one area of your relationship through daily vows, which encourages wives to love their husbands, cherish our vows, fulfill our role as a help meet and seek God’s plan for our marriage. The Good Wife’s Guide is a great book to help you learn how to enjoy and embrace your role as a Help Meet while joyfully serving your family.

Women Living Well is written by Courtney Joseph who blogs at Women Living Well. This is one of my favorite books from 2013!! I love how she offers practical advice, backed up by Scripture and God’s principles. It was a book that really hit home for me and resonated with the daily struggles I face as a wife and mother.

For Married Women Only, by Tony Evans, gives wives 3 principles for wives to follow that will help their relationship with their husband grow. A godly marriage will thrive and grow when women learn how to submit, seduce and surrender to their husband.

Intentional Marriage is a new book by Crystal Brothers from Serving Joyfully. This 31-day devotional is a based on Scripture that lead to an application for your marriage, which challenges you to be intentional about loving and serving your husband. This is another one on my “must read” list!!

Sheila Gregoire has several books that a geared just toward wives and their role in the home and bedroom. After reading 31 Days to Great SexI am convinced that these will be just as amazing. She is a straight-shooter, but backs it up with Scripture and biblical principles. If you’re having trouble “letting go” in the bedroom, I highly recommend her book The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex.

Wife after God by Unveiled Wife is a beautifully refreshing 30-day devotional book for wives who want to have that deeper, spiritual intimacy with God and their husbands. This is another one on my “must read” for 2014.

100 Ways to Love Your Husband is by Lisa Jacobson from Club31Women. In this book, comprised of advice from her personal marriage of 21 years, Lisa offers practical steps on enjoying a lasting and loving relationship with your husband. Yep…this is another “must read” for 2014!!

Sex Savvy is written by J. Parker and deals with some very taboo subjects that Christian women tend to shy away from in the bedroom. He is real and straight-forward, but offers practical, real-life advice with a little bit of humor and a lot of biblically grounded advice, backed up with Scripture.

Searching for Sanity_Lindsey Bell

Searching for Sanity is a fabulously written 52-week devotional for wives and mothers. While this book mainly focuses on mothers and parents from the Bible, I firmly believe it will also help any marriage. If you can regain control of your sanity from the crazy, wild days of motherhood; your marriage will only improve.

BOOKS FOR HUSBANDS

These books come as recommendations from my husband. Since I am not a man…*ahem* seriously, did I need to clarify that?…I have not read these books. But the links will take you to Amazon where you can read more about them.

Sex begins in the Kitchen by Dr. Kevin Leman

100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matthew Jacobson

For Married Men Only by Tony Evans

5 Love Languages – Men’s Edition by Dr. Gary Chapman

Every Man’s Marriage by Steve Arterburn, Fred Stoeker and Mike Yorkey

Capture Her Heart: Becoming the Godly Husband Your Wife Desires by Lysa TerKeurst

Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard

Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage by Cheryl and Bob Moeller

If Only He Knew: Understanding Your Wife by Gary Smalley

Wild at Heart Revised & Updated: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge

 BONUS {FREE} EBOOKS

Raising Arrows offers Psalms for the Grieving Heart. Derived from the grief of losing a child, Amy Roberts compiled Psalms that spoke to her through that grief. Since we talked about miscarriages in this series, I felt this ebook was appropriate. You can find a link to it on her sidebar if you scroll down just a bit.

Lisa Jacobson, from Club31Women, offers a free 31 Days to a Better Marraige ebook to all email subscribers. I highly recommend subscribing to her newsletters!!!

 

And now for a giveaway!!! Thanks to a few of my blogging friends, you can win 5 of the ebooks I mentioned above!!!! WHOOT!! Simply enter on the widget below. The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST next Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Improving Your Marriage giveaway

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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  1. My best Valentine’s day with my husband was our first — we were in two different states and he kept sending me surprises for the whole week.

    1. What a sweet man you have @disqus_hzM6h4ThRV:disqus!! I can see why it’s your favorite! 🙂

  2. My favorite Valentine memory as a married couple would be this year’s. We celebrated last night, because my husband works today. He made us a “special” seafood dinner including crab legs, shrimp cocktail, spinach artichoke dip with bread, and salad. We exchanged gifts. My family purchased the NIV Homeschool Bible and the 1,000 Gifts book written by Ann Voskamp. My six-year-old daughter actually suggested the books to my husband. We bought him an inspirational t-shirt with a Biblical verse that will hopefully encourage him as he studies for his promotion test. We also got him a firefighter Bible and my daughter bought him a prayer firefighter coin. I surprised both of them with heart attacks in the morning. I wrote reasons why I loved them and scattered them all over either the floor or his car. This year I also did countdowns for both my husband and daughter. My daughter’s was simple and easy. I focused more on my hubby this year trying to be more intentional with my marriage and showing him my love. I would love to read and win these books. I am on a mission this year to be more intentional with my marriage and life. Thank you for the chance to win! It was an awesome Valentine’s Day that I will always remember.

    1. @disqus_iSu8uW9UU9:disqus that sounds absolutely perfect!!

      1. It was a beautiful day! Thank you! I hope your Valentine’s Day was marvelous too.

  3. Valentine’s is also my husband’s birthday so we get to celebrate double. I think some of our favorite memories are cooking at home and enjoying a nice evening at home.

    1. How fun, @Beth!! Those are the most fun memories! No stress…

  4. Dont get me wrong, I wouldnt have it any other way…. but the best Valentines days were before we had kids!

    1. We only had two before kids, but I know what you mean @andreabruns03hotmailcom:disqus !!

  5. One time Keith and I went to a cabin for the night. It was snowy and in the hills-gorgeous view from our back porch. Just super romantic and cozy:)

    1. Sounds wonderful and definitely romantic, @disqus_04nM5iW65m:disqus

  6. Thanks for including my book with these other awesome resources!!

    1. Absolutely!!!

  7. One time we reenacted the day we got engaged even playing ‘our song’ – that was a very special day.

    1. How fun and special!!!

  8. Last year! Tony ended up having to work. 🙁 He had my presents hidden around the house. He would text me a picture and I would go find the present. He did it all day! I had a total of 12 gifts–mostly chocolate!!!! I loved waiting for the next text to come.The fun thing was it was the 10th anniversary of him giving me a dozen roses throughout the day when we were engaged.

    1. @hollystreck:disqus that sounds like a wonderful surprise!!

  9. We don’t usually do to much on Valentine’s, but one year I bought a large vase and filled it with red marbles and paper hearts. Then i took a piece of ribbon and attached a bunch of notes ending it with a large heart covered in memories and reasons i love him. I tucked it down into the vase among the marbles so he had to pull it out and read each note individually. It was fun to watch him. 🙂 and one year we did the Love Challenge by Gary Smalley.

    1. @mom2munchkins:disqus what a clever idea!! That would be fun to do with my kids too! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. My hubby surprising me with a handmade card from him and another from my toddler 🙂

    1. Those are the BEST gifts in my opinion, @jodiegilchersmith:disqus!!!

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