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Discussion in 'Singles (Only*)' started by LaBèlla, Jan 30, 2019.

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  1. LaBèlla

    LaBèlla Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to create a reading resource for this area. If you've read helpful books in the following topics please share them below. Thanks!

    Singleness
    Pre-Marital
    Marriage
    Masculinity
    Femininity
    Parenting
    Homemaking
     
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  2. LaBèlla

    LaBèlla Well-Known Member

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    I'll start with a few 4-5 star books I've read. There are a few secular titles included.

    Singleness
    • The Dating Manifesto - Lisa Anderson
    • The Wait - DeVon Franklin
    • Deal Breakers - Bethany Marshall
    • Insecure in Love - Leslie Becker-Phelps
    • God is a Matchmaker - Derek Prince
    • The Sacred Search - Gary Thomas
    • In Search of the Proverbs 31 Man - Michelle McKinney Hammond
    • Single, Married, Separated, and Life After Divorce - Myles Munroe
    • Every Woman's Battle - Shannon Ethridge
    • Sacred Waiting - David Timms
    • Cupidity - Hayley DiMarco
    • Safe People - Henry Cloud
    • Never Go Back - Henry Cloud
    • Hold Me Tight - Sue Johnson
    • Marry Him - Lori Gottlieb
    • Attached - Amir Levine
    • Loving Him Without Losing You - Beverly Engel
    Marriage
    • Happy Wives Club - Fawn Weaver
    • The Mingling of Souls - Matt Chandler
    • His Needs, Her Needs - Willard Harley
    • This Momentary Marriage - John Piper
    • The Argument Free Marriage - Fawn Weaver
    • The Excellent Wife - Martha Peace
    • Letters to My Daughters - Barbara Rainey
    • Making Marriage Simple - Harville Hendrix
    • 10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife - Erin Smalley
    • Becoming the Woman of His Dreams - Sharon Jaynes
    • Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe - Sharon Jaynes
    • Prayers of an Excellent Wife - Andrew Case
    • Power of a Praying Wife - Stormie Omartian
    • Power of a Praying Husband - Stormie Omartian
    • Praying Through the Deeper Issues of Marriage - Stormie Omartian
    • The Respect Dare - Nina Roesner
    • Women Living Well - Courtney Joseph
    • For Married Women Only - Tony Evans
    • Love and Respect - Emmerson Eggerichs
    Masculinity & Femininity
    • Beautiful in God's Eyes - Elizabeth George
    • Kingdom Man - Tony Evans
    • Power of a Praying Woman - Stormie Omartian
    • A Woman's Wisdom - Lydia Brownback
    • The Deborah Anointing - Michelle McClain-Walters
    • Joseph - Charles Swindoll
    • Lioness Arising - Lisa Bevere
    • Disciplines of a Godly Woman - Barbara Hughes
    • Holiness for Housewives - Hubert Van Zeller
    • God's High Calling for Women - John MacArthur
    • Through a Man's Eyes - Shaunti Feldhahn
    • Made Like Martha - Katie Reid
     
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  3. LaBèlla

    LaBèlla Well-Known Member

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    I think the thread is self-explanatory. :)
     
  4. twinserk

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    And I thought I had done a lot of reading ;)

    Pre-Marital & Marriage:
    1. His Needs, Her Needs - Willard Harley
    2. Love Busters - Willard Harley
    3. Five Steps to Romantic Love - Willard Harley (workbook)
    4. Taking Charge of your Fertility - Toni Weschler
    5. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work - John Gottman
    6. The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman
    There are certainly other marriage/pre-marital books that have good information in them, but my experience has been that most are full of idle chatter and common sense, with only the occasional insightful tidbit. I love the ones by Willard Harley, because he was able to present a comprehensive idea in such a succinct fashion.

    Parenting:
    1. The Quest for Cosmic Justice - Thomas Sowell
    2. Basic Economics - Thomas Sowell
    These books are about the ideological fallacies running rampant in our society and schools. Knowledge I think every parent should pass on to their children.

    Through a Man's Eyes... I questioned whether that book was helping or hurting, lol. What was your impression?
     
  5. LaBèlla

    LaBèlla Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't always marriage minded. I had some catching up to do. But even so, I'm surprised how much I've covered. I went through my lists on Goodreads. But I didn't add the things I'd read before the account was opened. God has kept me busy. ;-)

    There are some I'd recommend for younger singles and others that are more appropriate for people a little older. And I think it's best for people to read books by those who've lived out singleness instead of the mainstream books that are written by people who married early and have no clue about the season you're walking through. Reading that can be discouraging. A mixture is best.

    The tone didn't resonate. I liked the content but the voice was not enjoyable. There's something missing.
     
  6. kittysbecute

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    I think personality type books can be helpful in learning more about yourself and others regardless of single or in a relationship.
    I thought Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain was a good book, it could be good for anyone who is quiet, or who is around others who are "quiet". I haven't read any others yet that particularly stand out to me.
    At church quite a few years ago we used the work book Freed-Up Financial Living in our small group bible studies. That could be useful for anyone who wants to learn better money management and such.

    There were a few Christian books I've read about dating/courting that I didn't entirely agree with everything they were saying so I can't quite recommend them.

    I tend to read stories more than books on any of those topics. But a few books on my reading list that I haven't got around to reading yet: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge and The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney.

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  7. LaBèlla

    LaBèlla Well-Known Member

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    I read a lot of non-fiction books and there's a heap of self-help titles in the bunch. Quiet was good. I haven't read the others.

    I don't read general financial books too often. I used to work in the industry. But I'll make a note of this one. If stewardship is the goal, Larry Burkett's books are really good. That's where Dave Ramsey got a lot of his information.
     
  8. FreeinChrist

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    Closed at OP request.
     
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