Today’s post is gonna be quick. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite books dealing with marriage. Being married is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. It’s about giving more than you take, listening more than you talk, and basically deciding that someone else is more important than you every day of your life. :) (Sounds’ romantic right?)
Anyway here are 4 books that both Danielle & I LOVE and that have helped keep our marriage together.
The 5 Love Languages (Ignore the cheesy cover.)
This book is a fantastic look at how you can communicate with your spouse and “show” them that you love them.
A quick example. Danielle’s love language is Quality Time. The best way for me to show her love is by spending time with her alone. (That’s one reason the kids go to bed at 7:30 in our house.) My love language is Words of Affirmation. I need to be told over and over that I am valued and loved. (*cough* comments *cough*) If all I ever did was verbally compliment Danielle and never spent time alone with her she would not feel loved. If all she ever did was want to hang out with me, but never told me why or how she loved me I would not feel loved. This book teaches you how to communicate “love” to your spouse. Get it. Read it. Do it.
This is a book about keeping your in-laws out of your marriage. :) It’s about more than that, but hey, that’s all I needed to say to get you to buy it right?
The Total Money Makeover
You may have heard Dave Ramsey on the radio yelling and screaming about how dumb debt is. This is that same guy. His principles about money are spot on and totally worth looking into. I’m doing a superpost on this topic soon so stay tuned. For now, read this book.
I’ve talked about this book here before. It’s still a good idea to read it. :)
All of these are also on iTunes as audiobooks if you are not “into reading” so you really have zero excuse. Anyone can get married. Not everyone stays married. These are all tools to help you stay married. You do wanna stay married right?