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10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife: Everyday Ways to Show Him Love

10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife: Everyday Ways to Show Him Love

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Pursue the Marriage You've Always Desired

You have an incredible amount of influence in your husband's life! He needs things only you can supply (not just sex)--and some simple choices on your part can bring about big changes in your husband's heart.

Discover how you can...

  • build his self-esteem by giving him affirmation he won't receive from his friends
  • encourage him to grow by noticing what he does right--not what he does wrong
  • help him bounce back from mistakes by providing the space and support he needs
  • create a cycle of care for one another, rather than a list of obligations
  • forge a bond through which he hears and values your messages
  • As you learn how to show your husband love in everyday ways, you'll make room in your marriage for deeper connection and lasting satisfaction. The joy you used to dream of finding someday can be yours today as you invest in a fulfilling marriage!

    15-Minute Devotions for Couples

    15-Minute Devotions for Couples

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    Everything in our busy world seems aimed at pulling marriages apart. But it doesn't have to be that way. Fifteen minutes spent together in devotion and prayer each day will strengthen a marriage like nothing else, and Bob and Emilie Barnes have made it easy to do in this bestselling devotional (more than 157,000 copies sold) that has a fresh, new cover design.

    In just 15 minutes, couples can find spiritual refreshment as they explore God's majesty and all-sufficient power. At the same time, they will discover practical help in:

  • the art of communication
  • the joy of forgiveness
  • the challenge of building each other up by serving
  • the fun of being together and with others
  • With encouragement, grace, and the experience of more than 35 years of marriage, Bob and Emilie will help readers grow in their love for each other and the Lord.

    52 Uncommon Ways to Unwind Together: A Couple's Guide to Relaxing, Refreshing, and De-Stressing

    52 Uncommon Ways to Unwind Together: A Couple's Guide to Relaxing, Refreshing, and De-Stressing

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    Fun Dates that Help You Reinvigorate Your Relationship

    Whether you're going through a difficult season, your relationship has shifted into autopilot, or the everyday stresses of life are wearing you out, it's time to de-stress together. Boost your relational connection and make fun memories with these strategically designed activities that provide opportunities to enjoy yourselves and unwind.

    Each date idea includes suggestions for going the extra mile, personalizing the date to your unique story, speaking your spouse's love language, and connecting with God. This thorough yet simple guide to unwinding together helps you:

  • Release the pressures that take a toll on physical, spiritual, and emotional health
  • Equip you to be a calming and healing presence in your spouse's life
  • Connect on a deeper level and rekindle intimacy in your relationship
  • Whether it's creating a throwback party or offering your spouse a chauffeured commute, you'll find clever and enjoyable ways to have fun and relax together.

    7 Myths about Singleness ( Gospel Coalition )

    7 Myths about Singleness ( Gospel Coalition )

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    If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency.

    Much of what we commonly assume about singleness--that it is primarily about the absence of good things like intimacy, family, or meaningful ministry--is either flat-out untrue or, at the very least, shouldn't be true. To be single, we often think, is to be alone and spiritually hindered.

    But the Bible paints a very different picture of singleness: it is a positive gift and blessing from God. This book seeks to help Christians--married and unmarried alike--value singleness as a gift from God so that we can all encourage singles to take hold of the unique opportunities their singleness affords and see their role in the flourishing of the church as a whole.

    9 Lies That Will Destroy Your Marriage: And the Truths That Will Save It and Set It Free

    9 Lies That Will Destroy Your Marriage: And the Truths That Will Save It and Set It Free

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    Lies about marriage are rampant in our culture and the church. They're killing marriages. But the corresponding truths can strengthen marriages and even save the most troubled relationships. In this book, marriage experts Greg Smalley and Robert Paul identify the lies, explain how they work to destroy marriages, and reveal the truths that not only can improve marriages but rescue those that are floundering.

    Hope Restored, the renowned crisis marriage program created for Focus on the Family, is the basis for the discovery and understanding of these specific lies and their impact. Dr. Greg Smalley, a general marriage expert, and Robert Paul, the therapeutic director of a program that resuscitates nearly dead marriages, bring an unusual but powerful combination of perspectives that restore hope and healing in any marriage.

    9 Lies That Will Destroy Your Marriage includes several self-tests to help you assess the extent to which your own marriage has been affected by each of the nine lies.



    9 Must-Have Conversations for a Doubt-Free Wedding Day

    9 Must-Have Conversations for a Doubt-Free Wedding Day

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    Includes a mentor's guide and a counseling questionnaire.
    Did you know marriage wasn't created just to make us happy--that God calls us to use it for eternal purposes? But a satisfying, God-centered marriage takes work, starting even before you're married or engaged. 9 Must-Have Conversations for a Doubt-Free Wedding Day acts either as a stand-alone resource or as a companion to The Sacred Search and helps you as a couple explore:
  • How to have a doubt-free wedding day
  • How to engage in healthy conflict
  • Why you need to divorce divorce
  • How to develop and maintain sexual intimacy
  • Why asking hard questions now is better than asking them five years from now
  • When you love each other with God's purposes in mind, intentional conversation becomes not just preparation for marriage but the first step in merging two lives into one for the ultimate glory of God. Includes a mentor's guide, a counseling questionnaire, as well as a pastor/counselor's premarital plan for walking a couple through the guide.
    Anatomy of an Affair: How Affairs, Attractions, and Addictions Develop, and How to Guard Your Marriage Against Them

    Anatomy of an Affair: How Affairs, Attractions, and Addictions Develop, and How to Guard Your Marriage Against Them

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    When it comes to adultery, never say, "It won't happen to me."

    Just when you think your marriage is safe from adultery is when you may be the most vulnerable.

    With eye-opening stories, clinical insights, and up-to-date data, Dave Carder reveals what adulterers learned the hard way--and what they want the rest of us to know to save us the pain.

    Dave Carder, counselor and author of the bestselling Torn Asunder (100,000 in print), is a sought-after expert on issues of adultery. Here he helps you make your marriage adultery-proof by showing you:

  • How attractions can lead to affairs
  • Ways you may be vulnerable to affairs
  • The common ingredients of adultery
  • How to restore intimacy to your marriage
  • How to make wise, protective decisions
  • Marriage is too sacred to be taken casually. Affairs are a very real threat, and they can destroy lives and families. For this reason, Anatomy of an Affair should be on every church leader's and marriage counselor's required reading list, and in the home of every married couple.

    Includes charts and assessments to understand and guard against affairs.

    This book is the revised edition of Close Calls (2008)

    Boundaries in Dating: Making Dating Work

    Boundaries in Dating: Making Dating Work

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    Boundaries in Dating offers illuminating insights for romance that can help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control as you pursue a healthy dating relationship that will lead to a healthy marriage.

    Dating can be fun, but it's not easy. Meeting people is just one concern. Once you've met someone, then what? What do you build? Nothing, a simple friendship, or more? How do you set smart limits on physical involvement? Financial involvement? Individual responsibilities?

    Respected counselors, popular radio hosts, and bestselling authors Henry Cloud and John Townsend apply the principles described in their Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries to matters of love and romance. Helping you bridge the pitfalls of dating, Boundaries in Dating unfolds a wise, biblical path to developing self-control, freedom, and intimacy in the dating process. Boundaries in Dating will help you to think, solve problems, and enjoy the journey of dating, increasing your abilities to find and commit to a marriage partner.

    Full of insightful, true-life examples, this much-needed book includes such topics as:

  • Recognizing and choosing quality over perfection in a dating partner
  • How to ensure that honest friendship is one vital component in a relationship
  • Preserving friendships by separating between platonic relationships and romantic interest
  • Moving past denial to deal with real relational problems in a realistic and hopeful way
  • . . . and much more!
  • Plus, check out Boundaries family collection of books dedicated to key areas of life - marriage, raising kids, parenting teens, and leadership. Workbooks and Spanish editions are also available.

    Boundaries in Marriage

    Boundaries in Marriage

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    Learn when to say yes and when to say no to your spouse to make the most of your marriage.

    Only when you and your mate know and respect each other's needs, choices, and freedom can you give yourselves freely and lovingly to one another.

    Boundaries are the "property lines" that define and protect husbands and wives as individuals. Once they are in place, a good marriage can become better, and a less-than-satisfying one can even be saved.

    Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, counselors and authors of the award-winning bestseller Boundaries, show couples how to apply the 10 laws of boundaries that can make a real difference in relationships. They help husbands and wives understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in their marriage - and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy they both long for.

    Boundaries in Marriage will help you:

  • Set and maintain personal boundaries and respect those of their spouse
  • Establish values that form a godly structure and architecture for their marriage
  • Protect their marriage from different kinds of "intruders"
  • Work with a spouse who understands and values boundaries - or work with one who doesn't
  • You don't have to let your marriage head toward separation or divorce. Discover how boundaries make life better today!

    Plus, check out Boundaries family collection of books dedicated to key areas of life - dating, raising kids, parenting teens, and leadership. Workbooks and Spanish editions are also available.

    Boundaries in Marriage Workbook

    Boundaries in Marriage Workbook

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    This hands-on workbook companion to Boundaries in Marriage will help you move beyond friction points to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy you and your spouse long for.

    You long for a marriage marked by lifelong love, intimacy, and growth. And it can be yours--if you set wise boundaries. Boundaries are the "property lines" that define and protect each of you as individuals. Get them in place, and you can make a good marriage better and possibly even save a less-than-satisfying one.

    By the time you've completed this workbook, you will know yourself and your mate better than ever before. You'll also understand and practice the ten laws of boundaries in ways that can make a real difference in your relationship.

    Step by step, the Boundaries in Marriage Workbook helps you apply the biblical principles discussed in the book Boundaries in Marriage so you can . . .

  • Set and maintain your personal boundaries and respect those of your spouse
  • Establish values that form a godly structure and architecture for your marriage
  • Protect your marriage from different kinds of "intruders"
  • Work with a spouse who understands and values boundaries, or work with one who doesn't
  • Filled with self-tests, questions, and applications, the Boundaries in Marriage Workbook helps you learn when to say yes and when to say no to your spouse to make the most of your marriage.

    Breaking the Cycle of Divorce: How Your Marriage Can Succeed Even If Your Parents' Didn't

    Breaking the Cycle of Divorce: How Your Marriage Can Succeed Even If Your Parents' Didn't

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    Making your marriage healthy--and making it last--has never been harder. In an age when the pressures on marriage are heavy and divorce is more accepted and easier to obtain, marriages seem to fail as often as they succeed. When you come from a home of divorce, making your own marriage work is even tougher than the norm. Fortunately, in Breaking the Cycle of Divorce, author John Trent, an adult child of divorce himself, gives you the encouragement, insight, and tools you need to beat the odds. Learn how you can, in fact, succeed where your parents failed.
    Building Love Together in Blended Families

    Building Love Together in Blended Families

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    Create a Loving and Safe Environment for Your Blended Family

    Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren't always enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages.

    That's why Gary Chapman, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages(R) andnational expert on stepfamilies, Ron Deal, join together in this book to teach you how the five love languages can help your blended family. They'll teach you:

  • About the unique dynamics of stepfamilies
  • How to overcome fear and trust issues in marriage
  • How to develop healthy parenting and step-parenting practices
  • How the love languages should--and should not--be applied
  • You're going to face many challenges, but with the right strategies and smart work, your family can be stronger and healthier together.

    Called 2 Love Devotions for Couples

    Called 2 Love Devotions for Couples

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    Whether you've been married a few months or a few years, it's likely that your level of intimacy could be better. You know the problems stem from the ways you relate. But how can you change?

    Called 2 Love Devotions for Couples will help you give and receive love in a whole new way. Through the proven principles in this devotional, you'll find fresh strength and new inspiration to meet your spouse's relational needs. David and Teresa Ferguson, cofounders of Intimate Life Ministries, are seasoned counselors who can guide you toward better relational health. You can--and you will--improve your marriage and grow spiritually as a couple.

    Whether your marriage is shaky or solid, this devotional will give you health, hope, and healing for your relationship. Discover true spiritual and marital intimacy through the practical and biblical principles found in this popular couples' devotional.

    (Previously published as Never Alone Devotions for Couples and The One Year Devotions for Couples.)





    Capture Her Heart: Becoming the Godly Husband Your Wife Desires

    Capture Her Heart: Becoming the Godly Husband Your Wife Desires

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    A truly fulfilling marriage involves two people focusing on each others' needs rather than their own. Lysa TerKeurst, president of The Proverbs 31 Ministry, has written a practical guide for each spouse that will open their eyes to the needs, desires, and longings of the other. She offers eight essential criteria for capturing the heart of your spouse, with creative tips on how to accomplish them. Having a great marriage takes time, creativity, and willingness. Capture His Heart and Capture Her Heart are excellent tools to help spouses run this very worthwhile race.

    Wives Need Their Husbands To:
    1. Be the Spiritual Leader of the Home
    2. Be Their Teammate in Raising Kids and Taking Care of the Home
    3. Treat Them as a Princess
    4. Listen
    5. Allow Her Time with Friends
    6. Encourage Her with Appreciation, Affirmation, and Admiration
    7. Provide Emotional Fulfillment Before Sexual Desires
    8. Learn What Makes Women Different from Men









    Cherish

    Cherish

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    Gary Thomas, bestselling author of Sacred Marriage, believes that one word can bring hope, light and life into any marriage: Cherish.

    "Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another," Thomas says.

    And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, the act of cherishing is needed now more than ever.

    Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

    Through personal stories and real-world examples, Thomas proves what husbands and wives can begin doing today to turn their marriage around - even a marriage marred by neglect and disrespect.

    So how do you cherish your spouse? Thomas will show you how going out of your way to notice them, appreciate them, honor them, encourage them, and hold them close to your heart will bring hope, light, and life into your marriage.

    Also available: Cherish small group video study and study guide, Spanish edition, and more.

    Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together

    Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together

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    The Love Dare challenged individuals to love their spouse more. Closer shows wives and husbands how to grow that love together. Introduced with Scripture verses and engaging stories, these 52 devotionals will inspire couples to draw closer through faith conversations--those quiet talks so vital for emotional and spiritual intimacy in a marriage. Guided, practical action steps round out each reading. Closer, with its flexible weekly format, is an appealing alternative to a daily devotional.
    Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage: 12 Secrets for a Lifelong Romance

    Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage: 12 Secrets for a Lifelong Romance

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    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.





    Date Your Wife

    Date Your Wife

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    An Intensely Practical Guide for Husbands Looking to Strengthen, Save, or Spice up Their Marriage

    Most men don't know how to date their wives. They did it before, but they've forgotten how, or they're trying but it just doesn't seem to be working. Justin Buzzard helps men re-learn this all-important skill from a position of security in the gospel of grace. As a father of three boys and husband to a very happy wife, Justin offers guys a helping hand, good news, and wise counsel, along with:

  • 100 practical ideas for how to date your wife
  • Action steps at the end of each chapter
  • Personal stories and real-life examples
  • All types of marriages--good ones, mediocre ones, and bad ones--will experience a jumpstart as a result of hearing, believing, and living the message of Date Your Wife.

    Defending Your Marriage

    Defending Your Marriage

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    Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you're facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God. In our marital challenges, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities that try to separate us from God and each other. But fear not. Learn to stand firm in Christ and trust in the Lord to deliver us from evil.
    Desperate Forgiveness - How Mercy Sets You Free

    Desperate Forgiveness - How Mercy Sets You Free

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    Duck Dynasty stars Al and Lisa Robertson were desperate for their love to survive--and with God's help, they realized the only answer to marital and family betrayal is all-consuming, life-altering, desperate forgiveness. In their new book, they share this message with anyone who wants to exchange broken relationships for healing.

    The Robertsons know what they're talking about: They have lived through the pain of adultery and lack of communication in their marriage. And thanks to the healing they've experienced, they now help other couples find their own path to forgiveness.

    This former pastor of 22 years and his wife want you to arrive at a place where you, too, can give and receive forgiveness and find the beauty of reconciliation.

    By sharing true stories from friends and family, as well as biblical examples, Desperate Forgiveness provides the support you'll need on the hard road to forgiveness. You'll learn about the necessity and power of humility; the freedom found in letting go of bitterness; and the restoration and reclamation on the other side of desperation. Al and Lisa Robertson are living proof that choosing and living out forgiveness is worth the effort. Let Desperate Forgiveness show you the way to a changed life and revitalized marriage.





    Devotions for Dating Couples: Building a Foundation for Spiritual Intimacy

    Devotions for Dating Couples: Building a Foundation for Spiritual Intimacy

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    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 and a shared commitment to God.

    This dynamic book will help you 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.

    Emotional Purity/An Affair of the Heart

    Emotional Purity/An Affair of the Heart

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    Have you ever given your heart to someone who didn't love you back?

    Do you feel like you've experienced heartache over and over again?

    If you are emotionally attached to someone, it's easy to cross the line and become emotionally intimate. Then if the relationship doesn't work out, you're left with scars on your heart.

    The church teaches us the importance of physical purity; but it teaches little about emotional purity. Christian singles often wear their hearts on their sleeves, which can lead to intense, emotionally intimate, male-female "friendships" with no commitment to pursuing marriage. People may have had several of these "friendships" and still consider themselves pure, but in reality they have given away pieces of their hearts that should be reserved for their future spouses. Emotional Purity will show you how to define and set boundaries in your relationships to avoid making the same mistakes. Learn how to guard your heart and keep it emotionally pure.

    Using fictional and real-life examples along with sound biblical advice, author Heather Arnel Paulsen outlines the pitfalls of undefined relationships and presents guidelines for living an emotionally pure life.

    Emotionally Destructive Marriage: How to Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Hope

    Emotionally Destructive Marriage: How to Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Hope

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    Something Has to Change...

    You can't put it into words, but something is happening to you. Your stomach churns, your heart aches, and the tension in your marriage is making you feel weary and a little crazy. The constant criticism, disrespect, cruelty, deceit, and gross indifference are eroding your confidence and breaking your spirit.

    For any woman caught in an emotionally destructive marriage, Leslie Vernick offers a personalized path forward. Based on decades of counseling experience, her intensely practical, biblical advice will show you how to establish boundaries and break free from emotional abuse. Learn to:

    - identify damaging behaviors
    - gain the skills to respond wisely
    - promote healthy change
    - stay safe
    - understand when, why, and even how to leave
    - recognize that God sees and hates what is happening to you

    Trying harder to be a perfect fantasy wife won't help fix what's wrong your marriage. Discover instead how you can initiate effective changes to stop the cycle of destruction and restore hope for the future.

    "Women in an emotionally abusive marriage do not need another book on how to have a good marriage; those books rub salt in raw wounds. No, they desperately need this book so that they can diagnose just how bad their marriage is and then, with Leslie's clear expertise, develop a plan that will either begin to turn their marriage around...or give them a wise route of escape."
    --Dee Brestin, author of Idol Lies and The Friendships of Women

    Fight for Love: How to Take Your Marriage Back from Porn

    Fight for Love: How to Take Your Marriage Back from Porn

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    Help! My husband's addicted to porn!

    If these words are familiar to you or someone you know, you've found the right book. FIGHT FOR LOVE is a biblical battle plan for wives seeking to take their marriage back from porn.

    In these pages you'll discover:

  • The science behind why your husband struggles to stop watching porn.
  • Why the wrong marital advice will only make things worse.
  • How to help your husband get free and stay free from porn.
  • How to best protect your kids and yourself from porn.
  • What fighting against porn will do for you, your marriage, your family, and your faith.

  • Pornography is a billion dollar industry, a national epidemic, seeping into our homes, and taking marriages captive. In the battle against porn, instead of hiding, faith-filled women must engage this issue head-on, armed with a right understanding of biblical truth and their roles as wives and mothers. With God's help and a battle plan in hand, wives and their husbands can face the darkness and emerge victorious, taking back their marriages and families.

    While many wonderful and needed books address healing from the aftermath of porn, this compelling book empowers wives who want to stay and fight right now--for their marriage, for their family, and for love.

    Are you ready to step into the light and fight?

    For Married Men Only: Three Principles for Loving Your Wife

    For Married Men Only: Three Principles for Loving Your Wife

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    What does it mean for a husband to love his wife? Three things, says Tony Evans: a husband must act as his wife's savior, sanctifier, and satisfier. It is by living out these three principles that a godly marriage will blossom and flourish.

    In For Married Men Only, each of these principles is explored and explained using real-life examples. How can a husband be his wife's savior? By learning to love her as Christ loved the church. What about sanctifier? By dying to self and modeling sacrificial love, no matter what the result. And satisfier? By studying and serving his wife so he can fulfill her needs, just as Christ humbled Himself for our sakes.

    First published in 2002 as Tony Evans Speaks Out on a Man's Role in the Home, this booklet has sold nearly 40,000 copies. Use it alone or with the companion volume, For Married Women Only.

    For Married Women Only: Three Principles for Honoring Your Husband

    For Married Women Only: Three Principles for Honoring Your Husband

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    How is a wife to love her husband? By learning three things, says Tony Evans: how to submit, seduce, and surrender to her husband. Out of these three principles a godly marriage will grow.

    In For Married Women Only, pastor and author Tony Evans explores these three principles in a straight-forward yet encouraging manner. He unpacks the touchy topic of submission and lays out the rewards inherent in this biblical model. On seduction, Evans looks at the quality of attractiveness and how embodying it can be pleasing to your spouse and to God. And with surrender, readers will examine why a wife is the perfect help mate for her husband and how to combat attitudes opposed to God's design.

    Originally published in 2002 as Tony Evans Speaks Out on a Woman's Role in the Home, this booklet has sold nearly 38,000 copies. Use it alone or with the companion volume, For Married Men Only.

    Friend-Ish Reclaiming Real Friendship In A Culture Of Confusion

    Friend-Ish Reclaiming Real Friendship In A Culture Of Confusion

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    For many, friends now play the role of family, but often our friendships don't turn out quite as we envisioned or hoped. Bible teacher Kelly Needham debunks our world's constricted, small view of friendship and casts a richer, more life-giving, biblical vision for friendship.

    In Friend-ish, Kelly Needham takes a close look at what Scripture says about friendship. She reveals the distorted view most of us have of it and recasts a glorious vision for a Christian understanding.

    With hard-fought wisdom, a clear view of Scripture, and been-there perspective, Needham shows us

  • how to recognize symptoms of idolatry and dependency;
  • how to understand and address the problems that arise in friendship--from neediness to discord and even sexual temptation; and
  • how to reorient toward the purposeful, loving relationships we all crave that ultimately bring us closer to God.
    Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook

    Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook

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    Jim Burns and Doug Fields wish you the very best for your wedding, but sadly, they won't be able to make it. What they are here for is your marriage. Jim and Doug have seen it all. They have worked with many couples and have studied extensively to uncover the essential elements for making marriages thrive. This book is their early wedding gift to you: a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate road map for beginning your union.

    Filled with premium fuel for the journey--including meaningful exercises, hard truths, and conversations starters--this book will nourish and guide your relationship for the long haul.

    Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook

    Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook

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    Pulling off a successful wedding is one thing but fortifying a lifelong relationship is an entirely different endeavor. Relationship experts Jim Burns and Doug Fields invite couples to take a proactive approach to their marriage union--one that doesn't shy away from sticky areas and tough topics--in order to develop a solid course from the very beginning. Jim and Doug apply decades of frontline experience working with couples into this fresh and practical resource. Organized in nine highly relevant sessions, each centered on key biblical and relational touchstones, Burns and Fields equip participants to confront big issues including communication, finances, spirituality, and intimacy--prior to their wedding day.

    Great as a stand-alone resource or partnered with the Getting Ready for Marriage: A Practical Road Map for Your Journey Together book and companion video package.

    Have a New Sex Life by Friday

    Have a New Sex Life by Friday

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    Given enough time, stress, and kids, even the most satisfying sex life can turn ho-hum. Before long, you find that your conversations center on taking the garbage out, you only make love with the lights off, and experimenting in the bedroom means changing the color of the duvet.

    Dr. Kevin Leman throws bored and frustrated couples an intimacy lifeline. In just one week, couples will learn

    - why women need sex (and what stops them from wanting it)
    - why men want sex (and why what's important to her is important to him too)
    - how to reclaim space just for the two of them
    - how to communicate better for a more intimate connection
    - how to spice things up in the bedroom
    - and more

    Dr. Leman's candid advice comes with a guarantee that with just a little attention to these doable strategies, husbands and wives can experience the kind of exciting intimacy they long for--not only by Friday, but throughout their entire marriage. Includes a bonus section of questions and answers on how couples can improve their sexual communication.










    Hope After Betrayal: Healing When Sexual Addiction Invades Your Marriage

    Hope After Betrayal: Healing When Sexual Addiction Invades Your Marriage

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    Countless women have been blindsided by their husband's sexual addiction. It is a shocking discovery that can leave women feeling hurt, ashamed, and even guilty. In Hope After Betrayal, Meg Wilson offers reassuring counsel, compassionate insight, and wise discretion--gently taking her readers through the steps to recovery. Combining Scripture and her own experience, Wilson reassures her readers that there is hope and healing after betrayal.

    House or Home?: Marriage: God's Blueprint for a Great Marriage (Study Guide)

    House or Home?: Marriage: God's Blueprint for a Great Marriage (Study Guide)

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    How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage

    How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage

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    Did you know the last fight you had with your spouse began long before you even met?

    Are you tired of falling into frustrating relational patterns in your marriage? Do you and your spouse fight about the same things again and again?

    Relationship experts Milan and Kay Yerkovich explain why the ways you and your spouse relate to each other go back to before you even met. Drawing on the powerful tool of attachment theory, Milan and Kay explore how your childhood created an "intimacy imprint" that affects your marriage today. Their stories and practical ideas help you:

    * identify your personal love style
    * understand how your early life impacts you and your spouse
    * break free from painful patterns that keep you stuck
    * find healing for the source of conflict, not just the symptoms
    * create the close, nourishing relationship you dream about

    Revised throughout with all-new material and additional visual diagrams, this expanded edition of How We Love will bring vibrant life to your marriage. Are you ready for a new journey of love?

    Note: The revised and expanded How We Love Workbook is available separately.

    I Still Do: Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life's Defining Moments

    I Still Do: Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life's Defining Moments

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    Lasting marriages are built one defining moment at a time. The moment of blame. The moment of weakness. When your spouse suffers. When dreams disappoint. When the kids leave the nest. It's how we think and behave toward one another in moments like these that determines whether our marriage endures or falters. Ultimately, these are invitations from God to consider our direction and pursue transformation.

    With 37 years of marriage and 33 years of pastoring under his belt, Dave Harvey has identified those life-defining moments of a post-newlywed marriage. He wants to help couples recognize them in their own relationships so that they can take a proactive, godly approach to resolving conflicts, holding one another up as change inevitably happens, and ensuring that their marriage survives and thrives.

    Whether your relationship is maturing gracefully, just needs a tune-up, or you and your spouse are locked in conflict and your future seems uncertain, Dave Harvey has encouragement and practical tools to help strengthen what remains and build a rock-solid union for the days to come.



    Keep Showing Up

    Keep Showing Up

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    Discover how your differences can become the strength of your marriage in this real-life guide to both living with and loving your spouse.

    It is true that opposites attract--for a while. But often as the years go by in our marriages, opposites may also begin to attack. The habits and characteristics we once found endearing about our significant other are the exact things that drive us crazy years later!

    Whether you and your spouse disagree about finances, parenting, or how to load the dishwasher, your differences don't need to divide you. They can actually bring you closer together--and closer to God.

    In Keep Showing Up, Karen Ehman shows you . . .

  • How to play to each other's strengths as you work on your own weaknesses
  • The difference between having a soul mate and having a sole mate
  • How to become a faithful forgiver who also forgets
  • Strategies for avoiding the social media comparison trap
  • Why it's dangerous to mimic a friend's marriage
  • How to unearth the magic in the mundane
  • Why a spouse who drives you crazy can drive you straight to Jesus
  • Throughout Keep Showing Up, Karen also includes ideas to implement in your marriage right now, such as powerful statements to speak to your spouse, date-night-on-a-shoestring suggestions, and discussion starters.

    Let's Do Family Together: 7 Keys for Generations of Love and Honor

    Let's Do Family Together: 7 Keys for Generations of Love and Honor

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    Do you want your home to be an environment of growth where each member finds forgiveness, love, acceptance, and honor? Do you want your family to know and treasure the teachings of Jesus?

    Renowned counselor Dr. Gary Smalley wants you to have a marriage and family where every person values each other and reflects that honor by loving each other. He devotes each chapter of Let's Do Family Together to one of seven basic principles: honor, safety, anger, forgiveness, treasure hunting, teachings of Jesus, blessings, and fellowship. Using these principles as signposts, Smalley reveals ways to build a marriage and family that honors God and honors each family member. Filled with personal stories that will make you laugh and cry, Smalley shares wisdom from his many years of experience as a husband, father, grandfather, and counselor. Offering both spiritual depth and practical insight, Dr. Smalley helps you enjoy a home filled with harmony and hope--for today and for generations to come.
    Letters to a Romantic: On Engagement

    Letters to a Romantic: On Engagement

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    Engagement! If you've reached this point, you already know a thing or two about navigating a romantic relationship. But this in-between period raises new questions: How should you and your intended make decisions together? How can you handle all the advice you're getting? Should you just elope? What if you're beginning to think you shouldn't marry after all? The pressure is intense, the anticipation is greatand God's Word is crucial for you to hear right now. Sean and Spencer (and sometimes their wives, Jenny and Taylor) have written short letters to you full of biblical wisdom for this exciting stage of life. Direct and to the point, they answer these questions and many more, from the details of wedding planning to the big picture of your future lifelong relationship. Find clarity amid engagement and come to your marriage prepared!
    Lifelong Love: How to Have Lasting Intimacy, Friendship, and Purpose in Your Marriage

    Lifelong Love: How to Have Lasting Intimacy, Friendship, and Purpose in Your Marriage

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    Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.

    Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.

    Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about--and why A Lifelong Love is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage.

    Love and Respect for a Lifetime: Gift Book:

    Love and Respect for a Lifetime: Gift Book:

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    When you touch your spouse's deepest need, something good almost always happens!

    Based on three decades of counseling and research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs leads couples through the intricacies of a marriage built on Love and Respect. He explores the differences in men and women and how a husband's need for respect can be balanced by a wife's need for love. When these needs are mutually recognized and made a priority, a fulfilling and meaningful marriage will be the inevitable result.

    Love and Respect for a Lifetime makes the ideal gift:

  • It's all color, photo-filled design makes it inviting for couples to look at together.
  • It is a compilation of Dr. Eggerichs best Love & Respect tips: a quick and easy read that proves enticing to a spouse that might be apprehensive of working through an entire study or book.
  • It's engaging message validates the core needs of each spouse and gives a message of hope, encouragement and practical time-tested solutions for every marriage rather than focusing on placing blame or judging.
  • It's ideal as a gift for dating or engaged couples, as well as a wedding or anniversary gift. It's elegant design invites the recipients to open, read it together and leave out as a display for others to take a closer look at what it means to love her and to respect him.
  • Love and Respect Workbook

    Love and Respect Workbook

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    Based upon Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.

    Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs

    Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs

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    A New York Times best-selling marriage book making a difference! More than two million copies sold!

    The Crazy Cycle says: Without love, she reacts without respect. Without Respect, he reacts without love.

    This is the book you need to help your marriage stop spinning on the Crazy Cycle.

    Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have been changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other around the globe for over twenty years.

    What do you want for your marriage?

    Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love & Respect.

    A wife's one driving need is to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy.

    A man's one driving need is to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.

    This doesn't mean that women don't need to be respected. They absolutely do.

    This doesn't mean that men don't need to be loved. They absolutely do.

    But, in the midst of conflict, the driving need for a woman is love and the driving need for a man is respect. When either of these needs isn't met, things get crazy. Love & Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically so they can get off and stay off the Crazy Cycle.

    Partner Love & Respect with the Love & Respect Workbook for Couples, Individuals, and Groups for an added experience. Love & Respect is also available in Spanish, Amor y Respeto.

    Love Like That: 5 Relationship Secrets from Jesus

    Love Like That: 5 Relationship Secrets from Jesus

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    Improve Your Relationships Today

    In this down-to-earth, practical book, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Les Parrott provides a simple plan to improve all of your relationships--with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Dr. Parrott takes the latest findings from psychology and sociology and blends them with biblical teaching to reveal five transformative ways of relating to people demonstrated by Jesus himself:

  • be mindful
  • be approachable
  • be grace-filled
  • be bold
  • be self-giving
  • Each chapter contains a self assessment, and the results will aid your growth and help you revolutionize your relationships.

    Love Like You Mean It: The Heart of a Marriage That Honors God

    Love Like You Mean It: The Heart of a Marriage That Honors God

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    Every year, millions of men and women stand before friends and family to pledge their lifelong love to each other. Do they know what they're getting into?

    Unfortunately, many people have a shallow, superficial idea of what marriage is. As a result, many marriages don't last, and many more married couples are trudging along looking for something more.

    Love Like You Mean It gives husbands and wives a biblical understanding of what real love looks like in marriage by unpacking the ten attributes of genuine love listed in 1 Corinthians 13. Bob Lepine, marriage and family expert and host of the nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today, helps husbands and wives discover that it's not primarily emotions that define marital love, but actions and decisions that fuel emotions and cause marital love to grow.

    Every person who is married, would like to be married one day, or wants to understand more about the biblical vision of marriage will find what they're looking for as they dive deep into Love Like You Mean It.

    Love Must Be Tough: New Hope for Marriages in Crisis

    Love Must Be Tough: New Hope for Marriages in Crisis

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    You've forgiven a thousand times. You've bent over backwards to make your partner feel loved and accepted. But the only reward for your loyalty has been anger, indifference, infidelity, or abuse. Your spouse may even be ready to walk out the door.
    Do you feel like all is lost? Are you ready to give up? There IS still hope.
    Dr. James Dobson's "tough love" principles have proven to be uniquely valuable and effective. Unlike most approaches to marriage crisis, the strategy in this groundbreaking classic does not require the willing cooperation of both spouses. Love Must Be Tough offers the guidance that gives you the best chance of rekindling romance, renewing your relationship, and drawing your partner back into your arms.

    Loveology: God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female

    Loveology: God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female

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    Finally--a theology of love that will help you navigate the confusing waters of modern relationship.

    In the beginning, God created Adam. Then he made Eve. And ever since we've been picking up the pieces.

    With an autobiographical thread that turns a book into a story, pastor and speaker John Mark Comer shares about what is right in male/female relationships--what God intended in the Garden. And about what is wrong--the fallout in a post-Eden world.

    Loveology starts with marriage and works backward. Comer deals with sexuality, romance, singleness, and what it means to be male and female; ending with a raw, uncut, anything goes Q and A dealing with the most asked questions about sexuality and relationships.

    This is a book for singles, engaged couples, and the newly married--both inside and outside the church--who want to learn what the Scriptures have to say about sexuality and relationships. For those who are tired of Hollywood's propaganda, and the church's silence. And for people who want to ask the why questions and get intelligent, nuanced, grace-and-truth answers, rooted in the Scriptures.

    Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away: Real Help for Desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages

    Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away: Real Help for Desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages

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    What to do when you feel like giving up

    When you said, "I do," you entered marriage with high hopes, dreaming it would be supremely happy.

    You never intended it to be miserable.

    Millions of couples are struggling in desperate marriages. But the story doesn't have to end there. Dr. Gary Chapman writes, "I believe that in every troubled marriage, one or both partners can take positive steps that have the potential for changing the emotional climate in their marriage."

    Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away, the revised and updated edition of the award-winning Desparate Marriages, teaches you how to:

  • Recognize and reject the myths that hold you captive
  • Better understand your spouse's behavior
  • Take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Make choices that can have a lasting, positive impact on you and your spouse
  • An experienced marriage and family counselor, Gary Chapman speaks to those whose spouse is any of the following:

  • Irresponsible
  • A workaholic
  • Controlling
  • Uncommunicative
  • Verbally abusive
  • Physically abusive
  • Sexually abusive
  • Unfaithful
  • Addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • Depressed
  • Marriage has the same potential to be miserable as it does to be blissful. Read Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away to learn how you can turn things around.

    Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

    Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

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    Marriage reveals something of eternal significance. From the beginning, God designed marriage to convey a greater reality--the passionate, unfailing, redeeming love of God for sinners, the eternal romance between Christ and his bride.

    In this volume, Ray Ortlund traces marriage throughout Scripture--from the first marriage in the garden of Eden to the ultimate marriage in the book of Revelation--laying out a transcendent vision of marriage that dignifies our own imperfect unions as a display of the gospel. This book offers insight and hope to every married person today.

    Marriage Spirituality: Ten Disciplines for Couples Who Love God

    Marriage Spirituality: Ten Disciplines for Couples Who Love God

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    Marriage That Works: God's Way of Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates, Best Friends, and Passionate Lovers

    Marriage That Works: God's Way of Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates, Best Friends, and Passionate Lovers

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    When it comes to marriage these days, anything goes. No wonder you can find a book on marriage from every perspective--or no perspective. How can you experience a great marriage that lasts? What works?

    This book answers that question by shining a light on the biblical design for marriage. In a world of sexual and relational confusion, isn't it time to consult the One who created marriage? Author and pastor Chip Ingram, with his characteristic compassion, transparency, and engaging storytelling, discusses

    - what marriage really is
    - the biblical model
    - a man's unique role in marriage
    - a woman's unique role in marriage
    - the bigger picture of why God created marriage

    A marriage that works, says Ingram, is more wonderful than you thought possible and harder than you imagined--but worth the work. Couples will learn the power of making a covenant with their spouse and fulfilling their design in an atmosphere of respect, resulting in the spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical oneness they long to have with each other.









    Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

    Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

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    "Incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted." --The Washington Times

    Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone--Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged--the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

    Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.