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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Books on marriage (5Faves)

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were talking about what book we're reading for February for our reading challenge - "a book on marriage." And since I blogged about marriage somewhat recently, I thought it was perfect to also share some marriage books! I try to read at least one book on marriage every year and have definitely gained a lot of insight doing so.

1. Life Giving Love: Embracing God's Beautiful Design for Marriage by Kimberly Hahn

I had a lovely family send me this book after we lost Levi. Kimberly covers everything, including miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility - you know, the things you aren't expecting to experience in marriage. I really recommend anything written by her, actually. She has a great book series called Life-Nurturing Love, all about marriage and family life.

2. Three to Get Married by Fulton Sheen

Gosh, I've been having this forever, and I know I started reading it at one point but honestly cannot remember if I finished. But what I did read was good! And a few friends have said it's one of their faves. I mean, who doesn't like Fulton Sheen?

3. The Good News about Sex and Marriage by Christopher West

I first read this when I was engaged and it got me SO excited about marriage. I still refer to it from time to time. Even if you're not Catholic, this is a good book to read if you're curious about why us crazy Catholics believe what we do about sex and contraception and all of that. It's a Q&A format, so you can skip around if you wish.

4. Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri

I'm not brave enough to read JPII's Love and Responsibility, so this was a perfect little book that gives some insights into that brilliant masterpiece. Such an easy read too. Oh, and I recommend this for anyone, whether you're married or not, since much of it is about relationships in general - although I definitely think every married person should read it!

5. Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving by Gregory Popcak

I think I've talked about this book before...but I have to mention it again because I really wish I had read it earlier on in marriage. Forget the silly title, okay? It's a little misleading. But it's a really important message on marriage and how sex really is a big part of it.

A couple others that my friends recommended (that I have not read but want to!):

  • Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love by Dietrich von Hildebrand
  • By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride by Alice von Hildebrand

Linking up with Ashley for 5 Faves!

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