Wednesday, June 13, 2007

He said, she said

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

I just got wind of this new book by Gary Chapman in the B&H Publishing newsletter.

Now You're Speaking My Language: Honest Communication and Deeper Intimacy for a Stronger Marriage is the paperback edition of Gary Chapman's Gold Medallion award winner, Covenant Marriage. This especially popular book from the multimillion selling author of The Five Love Languages encourages husbands and wives to offer steadfast loyalty, forgiveness, empathy, and commitment to resolving conflict, thus encouraging each other in spiritual growth.

Topics include how your relationship with God enhances your marriage, communication as the main way that two become one, and how biblical oneness involves sex but also intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social oneness. Read a chapter here.

This book sounds like something I’d like to read—something that applies to my marriage, which is good already. Many marriage books deal with difficult issues, but my marriage is, well, fine. I think this book will enhance what’s already there.

Now don’t get me wrong, my marriage isn’t perfect. I mean, whose is? We annoy each other at least once a day and laugh with each other more often than that. From what I’ve heard from other people, that’s pretty normal.

But I think of my marriage like my writing—I want to always make it better, even if it’s not broke. I’m always reading more writing craft books, and so I try to read some marriage books once in a while, too.

Getting Captain Caffeine to read those marriage books … well, that’s another story. I’ve discovered a method to get him to read them with me—we’ll take about ten minutes before going to bed to read a section out loud to each other. It takes a while to get through a book, but it’s better than me reading all these books and him reading none of them.

Any favorite marriage or couples’ devotional books you’ve enjoyed?

1 comment :

  1. All time favorite for content is SACRED MARRIAGE by Gary Thomas. Hubby and I would take turns reading. My favorites that I've done on my own: CREATIVE COUNTERPART by Linda Dillow and INTIMATE ISSUES by Dillow and Lorainne Pintus. I taught a study on the last one years ago and then my mom taught a retreat on it. LOTS of women signe dup for that!