Good book to read?
Truth - posted on 06/25/2010
I would recommend anything that is from Focus on the family and Dr. James Dobson and crew. Their specialty is family and they put out wonderful materials. Also if you are a young mom another thing to look for is a MOPS group in your area, Mothers of Preschoolers, a wonderful support and learning group for Christian mom with young children. The groups are held churches. You can go to their website to find a church near you.
Lorinda - posted on 06/23/2010
Created to Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl is a great book. It really opened my eyes to see how we love and respond to our husbands is an act of serving God. I think that can fit with all relationships--we don't love others for our benefit but for theirs--no conditions. Also, my favorite chapter deals with the three types of men. She describes each kind and then helps us to see what is a right and wrong way of responding to them--how to best respond, to love and support them. It helped me understand my husband and helped me appreciate some of the things he does instead of being frustrated because he does them. The three kinds of guys are the command guy, the steady, and the dreamer. The command guy is the take charge guy who tells his wife how to do things and expects obedience. She has some good pointers on this one--my husband is not this so I didn't read too closely :-), but Debi's husband is one so she has first hand experience. The next one is the steady guy. He goes to work and comes home. He is always home and loves to have his wife be with him. He is very dependable--but can be seen as very boring because his is very predictable. Mr Dreamer is my husband. Mr. Dreamer always has wonderful ideas about everything. He dreams big. Money does not scare him one bit. He is also very spur of the moment--does not do a lot of planning--justs wants to jump in and do it. He loves to tell his wife his wonderful new ideas but gets turned off when she starts asking questions like how much is this going to cost, where are we going to get money like that, what about the last thing you started, ect. He will quit telling his wife anything and do stuff anyway. It can be a rollercoaster ride living with a dreamer, but he will adore you if you listen and ask non money questions and just let him talk. He won't do most of the things he talks about but he will know you are there and care about the things he does. You will be a team in life. Plus, God has always taken care of us. I get kinda scared when my husband talks about stuff because it sometimes means uprooting my family or it is something that will be a huge expense. And he doesn't normally follow through with or finish very many of the things he starts. But God has never let us starve or go without what we need. I love and support my husband and try to enjoy the roller coaster ride of my life. My husband has learned to trust me again and loves to share his heart and ideas with me because he knows he is safe with me. He also knows how hard it is for me because I want to feel secure so he has come to really consider my feelings and thoughts. We are now truly best friends.
Margie - posted on 06/22/2010
Yes! The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian and
Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl (You may not agree with every single thing in the second book, but my husband noticed a positive difference in me very soon after I started
reading it. It helps give you a passion and zeal for God and living a merry, joyful, thankful life which overflows into your marriage relationship. My daughter's high school teacher gave this as a gift to all the graduating girls.
Stephanie - posted on 06/22/2010
For Women Only by Shawna ??? can't remember her last name
Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti
and Captivating and Wild at Heart by John Eldridge
All of these books have helped me understand whoGod created me to be, how men think and who God created them to be. Good luck!
Barbie - posted on 06/19/2010
The book thats given me the most wonderful info is by Joyce Meyer. Its called 'Me & My Big Mouth'. lol Dont laugh or be offended, its a great book. Currently, I am reading 'Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes' by Joyce Meyer. Another good resource is Jimmy Evans. Look him up. Gary Smalley is another good resource. Good luck & may God bless you.
Carla - posted on 06/10/2010
I know you read the Bible, and that's a good thing, but the last chapter of Proverbs is good, if you put it into today's meaning. This woman is no slackard! She runs her house, she makes clothing (or whatever you have a talent for), not only for her family, but to sell, she looks for land to buy and buys it. This doesn't sound like what we have been taught woman's role is. She feeds the poor, which means in today's language give to rescue missions, donate your clothes to VOA or Salvation Army, takes food to the sick. Paul also talks in Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Timothy about Godly women. They don't run the streets, going to bingo every night, to the mall, or to friend's houses. Most women work these days, and I don't know about you, but after working a full day, then coming home to a houseful of hungry people, getting the kitchen clean, bathing them, spending a little time playing or talking, then off to bed, there wasn't much energy left to get into trouble ;) We teach our children (Deuteronomy) you teach them when you're walking, sitting around, lying in bed at night. We don't gossip about each other, we lift each other up in prayer for strength, knowing how hard it is to try to live Godly in this life. We are in subjection to our husband, but not like the master/servant role, again, what we've been taught. My husband always had clean clothes, a hot meal on the table and a pleasant wife (within reason, we all have bad days), but not a nagging, nasty wench that no one would want to be married to. I do the little things for him, like give him the bigger piece of meat, the last of the ice cream (which he USUALLY shares with me ;)) But in turn, he does the same for me. He makes me a cup of hot tea in the morning, cuz I don't function too well in the morning, goes grocery shopping with me cuz he knows I hate it!
I don't know about your marriage, but most out there could use a couple's read of these writings, not just the wife. Yes, we want to be the best wife we can, but it has to be reciprocated, otherwise we get discouraged.
I didn't give you any suggestions for any books, which is what you wanted here, but I think if you get your Bible out and look for the marriage duties in the concordance, you will be pleased with the results. God bless, sweetie!
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