Great books for any stage
Are you married? There are some new books just for you as well as some classic titles that we currently have on sale at LifeWay.
Are you dating or engaged? We have some books that could be great for you and your significant other to read through together. I’m sure they would spark some great conversations.
Are you single? Shout out to my fellow singles out there! We’ve got you covered, too.
Here are some suggestions for you, no matter what stage you might be in this Valentine’s season.
Books for the married couples
Author and blogger Jackie Bledsoe outlines the seven stages, or seven rings of marriages, that will equip couples for all stages in marriage. He challenges couples to keep moving through each stage for a lasting and fulfilling marriage.
Through The Seven Rings of Marriage, readers gain a deeper appreciation of what marriage is, and get a clear picture of what may lie ahead in their marriage. Diligently go about making your marriage everything you and your spouse hoped for, and more!
- Ring #1—Engagement RING
- Ring #2—Wedding RING
- Ring #3—DiscoveRING
- Ring #4—PerseveRING
- Ring #5—RestoRING
- Ring #6—ProspeRING
- Ring #7—MentoRING
Every couple who wants a happy marriage will appreciate the revitalizing secrets in Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage. In it, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley explore the traits of a healthy and thriving marriage.
Based on research of thousands of strong couples across the country, the twelve essential elements outlined are not only biblically based; they also chart a course for a romantic adventure that will last a lifetime.
With practical advice and stories from their own marriage and counseling experiences, Greg and Erin guide couples to find ways to work around roadblocks in their current relationship and to intentionally create communication patterns that will take them to emotionally safe places.
Yes, marriage can have its twists and turns. But the detours don’t necessarily have to lead couples off course. Greg and Erin help couples map out a journey for their marriages so that they can enjoy the passionate and intimate relationship that God has promised.
Speaker and author Kathi Lipp offers a wealth of creative ideas for how to love and encourage your husband to be the man God has called him to be. With each short, doable plan, you’ll not only bless your husband–you’ll bless the relationship God created when He brought the two of you together.
Here are just a few of the fun ideas Kathi (along with some of her most encouraging friends) suggests to show love to your man:
- Brag on him on social media.
- Study up on his favorite team and then watch a game with him.
- Clean out his car and leave a snack for his ride to work (and not the leftover french fries you found between the seats).
101 Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him will inspire you to nurture the man you love and foster a lasting, loving, and really fun relationship.
Books for the Dating or Engaged Couple
Words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, physical touching – learning these love languages will get your marriage off to a great start or enhance a long-standing one! Chapman explains the purpose of each “language” and shows you how to identify the one that’s meaningful to your spouse now.
Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships in today’s world, this new edition of The 5 Love Languages reveals intrinsic truths and provides action steps in each chapter that will help you on your way to a healthier relationship. Also includes an updated personal profile.
This is more than a book—it’s an experience, especially when you use the his/her workbooks filled with more than 40 fun exercises. Get ready for deeper intimacy with the best friend you’ll ever have.
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, in more than 15 languages, is the most widely used marriage prep tool in the world.
- Uncover the misbeliefs of marriage
- Learn to communicate with instant understanding
- Discover the secret to resolving conflict
- Master the skills of money management
- Get your sex life off to a great start
A compelling video, featuring real-life couples, is available, and with this updated edition Les and Leslie unveil the game-changing SYMBIS Assessment (see www.SYMBISassessment.com). Now you can discover how to leverage your personalities for a love that last a lifetime.
Make your marriage everything it is meant to be. Save your marriage—before (and after) it starts.
If you are like most dating couples, you are looking for more than just a companion – you want a soul mate! The essence of a true soul mate relationship is that of deep spiritual connection. This dynamic book, Devotions for Dating Couples, offers guidance for deepening your commitment to God as individuals and as a couple. Through short chapters focused on such essential topics as prayer, simplicity, community, and purity, you will discover how to make your most important love relationships–with God and your potential mate–strong, lasting, and radiant.
Relationship experts Ben Young and Samuel Adams, authors of The Ten Commandments of Dating and The One, give user-friendly tips for nurturing your personal walk with God and enhancing your spiritual connection as a couple. As you read through the devotions each day, you will:
Become a great lover by learning to love God first
Develop the essential disciplines of a lasting relationship
Focus on the important things in life
Discover a sense of spiritual purpose and meaning
Understand that grace is not just for “beginners” – it is for you, every day
Whether you are dating seriously or engaged to be married, these daily personal devotions and weekly couple’s devotions will help you discover the way to lifelong love.
Books for the Single Life
Single Woman Mandy Hale shares with readers what can happen in their lives by praying this powerful prayer. She has shown women how important it is to be secure in singleness by being smart, strong, and independent. In this all new book, she will prompt readers to never settle and not miss out on the beauty that can be found in times of “waiting.” The Single Woman Says:
“Whether you’re idling in stubborn sinfulness or walking in seeming never-ending singleness or living with any sort of waiting: Waiting for love, waiting for babies, waiting for marriage, waiting for a cure, or a miracle, or a sign, or for GOD . . . I hope my journey will make the wait a little easier and the uncertainty a little bit more beautiful.”
Starting with relationships, but going beyond into areas like career, friendships, and life, Mandy will guide readers through what you can achieve if you look beyond your current circumstances, never settle for less than what God has for you, and find beauty in the waiting.
Finally, a no-holds-barred word on dating, preparing for marriage and maximizing singleness from someone who’s actually living it.
Your attitudes about marriage and the path to marriage are wrong. Some you’ve inherited, some you’ve simply bought—hook, line, and sinker—and some you’ve made up yourself. They have translated into bad action (or no action) in dating and relationships. But it’s not too late; you can break the cycle of dating dysfunction and learn to honor marriage, marry well, and live intentionally while you wait. Lisa Anderson proves it’s possible.
The Dating Manifesto is neither a cheesy formula for finding a spouse nor a feel-good book about how the person for you is “out there” if you only “believe.”Instead, it’s a challenge to wise up, own your junk, and chart a bold new course for your relationship future.
Eight setups. Eight awkward dates. Eight things God tried to teach her along the way. (Some of which she’s still trying to figure out.)
Stephanie Rische was starting to feel invisible. All around her, her friends were getting married, and she found herself decidedly alone. Stephanie couldn’t help but wonder if there was something broken in her—was she not pretty enough? Not fun enough? Not dateable enough (whatever that meant)? So she started praying in earnest for God to bring the right man into her life. And instead, He brought her matchmakers. Eight of them, to be precise.
Beloved blogger Stephanie Rische debuts with this charming, vulnerable, and (who are we kidding?) often mortifying true story of a girl who tried really hard to find someone to fall in love with—even when she mostly just ended up falling flat on her face. But amid the most cringeworthy setups and awkward encounters, Stephanie found God’s grace and love meeting her there in ways she never could have imagined—once she opened her eyes to see.
We have a lot more suggestions in store… come see us at LifeWay for more ideas!