Last month the post, Three Resources Designed to Improve Your Marriage, was the most viewed post in the short history of my blog (and that’s not saying much but it did hit on a topic many people felt was relevant). I believe the primary reason for this is because marriage can be difficult (so we are always looking for resources to make them better). Growing a better marriage takes a lot of work (and sacrifice); so, here are 3 more resources designed to make your marriage better:
“There are over 1500 services for online dating today. We’ve invented internet dating, speed dating and even television dating. But more relationships are falling apart than ever before. Which begs the question, why is a culture that is so focused on falling in love, so bad at staying in love?”
Erich’s note: I love the creative approach that Jonathan and his team at the Highland Church in Abilene, TX is taking with this series that talks about a new perspective on love, sex, marriage and dating. Make sure you take some time exploring The Sequels website and all the resources associated with this series, especially the free Sequels eBook (you will be blessed and your marriage will be better for it).
“Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution.
According to the bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of thirty-six years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This book is for anyone from singles, to couples considering marriage, to those who have been married recently or for a long time.”
Erich’s note: I love everything I’ve read by Keller so far (The Reason for God; The Prodigal God; Counterfeit Gods; Generous Justice and Galatians For You to name a few — you can find more info on all of Keller’s books on his website). This is one of the best books written on the subject of marriage (you really should read it; in fact, my 17 year old son, Spencer, has read it a couple of times already and recommends it to his high school friends which just goes to show you can never start too early preparing for marriage).
“Growthtrac.com is a Christian non-profit media ministry — we are a marriage organization that strengthens marriages by providing life-changing, Christ-centered resources through innovative online media. Our objective is to support marriage through expert content — unique content that is practical and culturally relevant. Our world cannot settle simply for “good” marriages. Marriages can and must grow into great marriages. With the right support, strength, and resources, every marriage can become the exhilarating, rich union God intended. Those marriages can change the world. That’s our passion.”
Erich’s note: I just recently discovered this website but have bookmarked it as I’ll be going back often to find resources to help me build a better marriage (looks like they have lots of great content). You might want to start with this article first, It Doesn’t Begin in the Bedroom.
One last note: Before I close I want to mention another resource a friend recommended in a comment from the post last month (I haven’t read the book yet but I’m familiar with the author and know that it will be one you’ll find helpful) — What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp.
Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve used to improve your marriage?