Family Frameworks

Married Resource Books

 

Healing your Marriage

  • Staying Close- By Denis and Barbra Rainey

Isolation is the number one problem in marriages today. However, it is possible to defeat “marital drift” and experience the miracle of oneness. Staying Close provides couples with a positive, workable strategy for keeping their marriage vital and intimate.

  • Before the Last Resort- George Kenworthy

Learn how your marriage can be healed by answering three simple questions. If you’re about to give up on your marriage or know someone about to give on theirs, this book is for you. Before, you give up, won’t you answer three questions? Includes a “Help Me Help My Friend” guide!

  • Fight Fair! – By Tim and Joy Downs

So often when couples fight, tempers flare, tongues loosen, and behavior occurs that can cause major damage. This insightful resource provides expert advice and practice to ensure that future conflicts don’t create permanent scars.

  • Choosing Forgiveness- By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Nancy DeMoss explains how forgiving like God does is a choice that frees us from the burdens of bitterness, anger, and isolation. If you struggle with long-held hurts, God’s truth holds help in healing for you.

 

Let’s Talk Each Other’s Language

  • The Five Love Languages- By Gary Chapman

Do you know how to speak your spouse’s love language? If not, he or she may not know you’re expressing love at all. Discover your spouse’s love language, and learn how to effective express love and truly feel loved in return.

  • The Language of Love and Respect- Emerson Eggerichs

Are you stuck in the “crazy cycle”? Do you want to feel close and valued? You can experience marriage the way God intended. The Language of Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can learn to meet each other’s needs quickly, easily, and biblically.

 

Money, Money, Money!

  • 8 Important Money Decisions for Every Couple – By Russ Crosson

Every marriage has conflict. And many of those conflicts are related to finances. Russ Crosson assists readers to think correctly about marriage and about money, rather than default to the way the world sees these areas of life. To avoid pitfalls, he offers a game plan couples can use to achieve harmony in their marriage, no matter what their financial situation.

 

God’s Plan for Your Marriage

  • Scared Marriage– By Gary Thomas

What if God is more interested in changing you than in changing you than in changing your spouse? What if God’s main intention for your marriage isn’t to make you happy, but to make you more like him? Look at your marriage in a different light- as a spiritual discipline and laboratory to cultivate the image of Christ in each other.

  • Two Hearts Praying As One – By Dennis and Barbra Rainey

Dennis and Barbra Rainey tell how a decision to pray together daily strengthen their understanding of one another, reduce conflict, and knit their hearts together in a deep, spiritual bond. Their thirty days of reflections can do the same for your relationship-start today!

  • Fun Loving You- By Ted Cunningham

Ted has a surprising definition of marriage: a man and a women enjoying lie together. A funny, real-life guide to bore-proofing marriage, Fun Loving You is a refreshing look at how marriage can be the source of joy God always meant it to be.

  • FamilyLife Marriage Bible

Couples will flourish together with devotions for husbands and wives, as well as romance tips, quotes, and notes. Articles and insights by Dennis and Barbra Rainey examine many of the issues facing husbands and wives.

  • Moments with You- By Dennis & Barbra Rainey

Learn the true secrets to spiritual growth between you and your spouse with this book from best-selling authors. These 365 daily devotions help you get started or continue growing in your quiet times together.

 

 

Take Two- Step Families

  • The Smart Stepfamily- Ron L. Deal

Learning expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blend family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be married, you’ll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships.

 

In the Bedroom

  • Sexual Intimacy in Marriage- By William Cutrer and Snadra Glahn

Every couple has those questions they don’t know how or whom to ask! This highly acclaimed, medically and biblically accurate book covers all the bases about sex in marriage with a sensitivity and frankness that every couple will appreciate.

 

  • Simply Romantic Nights: Igniting Passion

Make your marriage sizzle with Simply Romantic Nights in your marriage – helps put the “wow!” back into your marriage. Filled with creative ideas to kindle sensational encounters and encourage intimacy.

 

It’s a Girl Thing

  • The Quiet Place- By Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

You want to spend time with God each day — and you’d love to find great joy in doing so— but it’s not easy! Encouraging you to try to try again. The Quiet Place offers fresh and relevant reflections on the attributes, purpose, and character of God.

  • Letters to My Daughters

Dismayed by Hollywood depictions of marriage and the seemingly easy solution of divorce, Barbra Rainey sees a desperate need for a voice of a mentor who can ecourage, coach, and care. In these heartfelt letters, she answers the tough questions, addresses the realities of marriage, and provides the tools to help you become a godly wife and determine you part in achieving a better marriage.

  • 31 Creative Ways To Love And Encourage Her- By Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke

In 31 Creative Ways To Love And Encourage Her Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke lay out simple ways to bring the beauty, joy, and vibrancy back to a relationship. Each day brings a new adventure that can range from being serious to whimsical to humorous

 

 

The Man Cave

  • Stepping Up- By Dennis Rainey

Dennis Rainey calls men to seize the moment and take action, stepping up to responsibility and inspiring others in the process.

  • Finally Free- By Dr. Heath Lambert

In Finally Free, Dr. Heath Lambert lays out eight gospel- centered strategies for overcoming the deceitful lure of pornography.

  • 31 Creative Ways To Love And Encourage Her- By Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke

In 31 Creative Ways To Love And Encourage Her Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke lay out simple ways to bring the beauty, joy, and vibrancy back to a relationship. Each day brings a new adventure that can range from being serious to whimsical to humorous.

 

This Parenting Thing

  • Long Story Short- By Marty Machowski

Christian parents know the importance of passing the gospel story on to their children, yet we live in a busy world filled with distractions. Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ.

  • Bringing Up Girls- By Dr. James Dobson

Peer pressure. Eating disorders. Decisions about love, romance, and sex. Academic demands. Life goals and how to achieve them. These are just some of the challenges that girls face today―and the age at which they encounter them is getting younger and younger. As a parent, how are you guiding your daughter on her journey to womanhood? Are you equipping her to make wise choices? Whether she’s still playing with dolls or in the midst of the often-turbulent teen years, is she truly secure in her identity as your valued and loved daughter? In the New York Times bestseller Bringing Up Girls, Dr. James Dobson will help you face the challenges of raising your daughters to become strong, healthy, and confident women who excel in life.

  • Bringing Up Boys- By Dr. James Dobson

With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it’s no wonder so many parents and teachers are asking questions about how to bring up boys. Why are so many boys in crisis? What qualities should we be trying to instill in young males? Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, an entire generation of boys is growing up without a clear idea of what it means to be a man. In the runaway bestseller Bringing Up Boys, Dr. Dobson draws from his experience as a child psychologist and family counselor, as well as extensive research, to offer advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.

  • The New Strong-Willed Child- By Dr. James Dobson

Is a willful little darling driving you to distraction? The New Strong-Willed Child is the resource you need―a classic bestseller completely rewritten, updated, and expanded for a new generation of parents and teachers. Challenging as they are to raise, strong-willed children can grow up to be men and women of strong character―if lovingly guided with understanding and the right kind of discipline. Find out what Dr. James Dobson, today’s most trusted authority on parenting, has to say about what makes strong-willed children the way they are; shaping the will while protecting the spirit; avoiding the most common parenting mistake; and much more. If you are struggling to raise and teach children who are convinced they should be able to live by their own rules, The New Strong-Willed Child is a must-read!

Military Marriages

  • Making Your Marriage Military Ready- by Mike and Linda Montgomery & Keith and Sharon Morgan

Facing deployment can be a challenging time as the reality of separation sinks in. Many questions arise, and one the biggest is “Will my marriage be okay?” This six- session small group study is designed to help you strengthen you marriage before deployment and bring you closer to each other and God.

  • Defending the Military Marriage- By Lt. Col. US Army Jim Fishback, USA (Ret.) and Bea Fishback

You can strengthen your marriage in practical ways like coping with limited resources, overcoming communication problems while separated by deployment, and protecting your marriage with sexual accountability and love. This is top-notch training for you and your spouse to weather your unique challenges.