Every few years, a book comes out that gets people talking and changes how they think about life. These books have had that effect on the way couples approach marriage. That's why the editors of Marriage Partnership recommend them as essential reading for every committed couple.
- AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. (Thomas Nelson). Back when Alan Alda was still thought of as the model "sensitive male," a Lutheran clergyman was writing the story of his marriage—examining both its joys and its difficulties. Walter Wangerin's compelling narrative, coupled with his honesty and vulnerability, invest his teachings with great power and persuasiveness.
- COMMUNICATION: KEY TO YOUR MARRIAGE, by H. Norman Wright (Regal). Two words say it all: "communication" and "key." Before you can solve any marriage problem, you first need to talk about it. Norm Wright, the dean of Christian marriage experts, shows you how.
- FIT TO BE TIED, by Bill and Lynne Hybels (Zondervan). In writing this book, Bill and Lynne Hybels were unusually forthright about their own struggles. Such candor goes a long way toward freeing other couples to confess and correct their own failures.
- THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman (Northfield). This isn't the first book to point out that what communicates love to you might not mean a thing to your mate. But Gary Chapman says it the most clearly, and most convincingly. His well-defined languages explain why so many well-meaning spouses find expressions of love so frustrating.