I love Pinterest.
I love scrolling through and finding inspirational quotes and new recipes and great articles on the internet.
The problem is that a lot of what’s out there isn’t really, well, GOOD. And how do you weed through all the not-so-good advice and questionable theology find the stuff that’s actually quality?
I’ve got the answer today–and I’ve got THREE awesome GIVEAWAYS of a library of 12 marriage books, too!
I’ve asked five other marriage authors–people who have written books that are widely respected in the Christian marriage field–to join me on a group board on Pinterest.
There we’ll pin blog posts, links to new books, research we find interesting, other things we like around the web, information on where we’re speaking, and more! So if you want to know what your favorite Christian marriage authors write–and read–you’ll find it all here!
And each author is giving away some of their books, and all together we’ll have THREE great prizes of a marriage library that you can read yourself, donate to your church, lend to friends, or use as wedding shower gifts (after you’ve read them, of course. 🙂 ).
Here’s who is on the board:
Gary Thomas: The Profound One
I first met Gary when he spoke at a retreat for all the Weekend to Remember speakers for FamilyLife Canada. He explained what he meant by his now famous question, “what if God intended marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”, and I sat there frantically scribbling as many notes as I could.
I’ve since read his books and gotten to know him a bit personally, and he is a very humble, wise man who never fails to make me think.
I love especially his book Sacred Search, about how to choose whom you will marry. And I’ve made my girls read it, too!
Gary is donating to our giveaways:
Gary worries that many couples settle for too little in marriage. Understanding how God sees you, your spouse, and your marriage can revitalize your relationship–and make it great.
Gary’s book is so profound, and will make you look at your marriage in a whole new way. It’s not that we’re not supposed to be happy–it’s that happiness is a by-product of holiness, and it’s character that God is really concerned with.
Pam makes me laugh.
She is just so FUN, and her books are fun (and quirky), and wise all at the same time. My husband and I had a chance to meet Pam and Bill for dessert one night a while back, and we still talk about their counsel when we’re trying to figure out what to do with work and speaking and schedules, etc.
Pam is likely the most generous author I know. When I was all upset and worried recently about a writing project, I Facebooked her, she phoned me, and she calmed me right down in five minutes flat. She’s introduced me to people, she’s introduced others to me, and she takes delight in mentoring others. Her heart is to get God’s message out, not her own.
And she writes amazing stuff about keeping love alive in your marriage. She’s my common sense, go-to marriage person.
Pam is donating to our giveaways:
Men and women are made differently. Men live their lives in little boxes–like waffles–and women are more like pieces of pasta, with everything worming its way into everything else. In this practical–and hilarious–book, you’ll learn how to understand your mate and forge a great marriage.
Has marriage gotten stale? Do you yearn for romance, but you just can’t find it anymore? Pam gives us some great advice on how to make your marriage red hot once again!
Shannon talks about fantasizing. And sex. And temptation. And passion. And all those things that Christians generally hide from. And she started talking about them before anyone else was! I want to be Shannon when I grow up (which may be mean to say, because it makes her sound old. And I think we’re about the same age. 🙂 )
But Shannon wasn’t afraid to knock down walls and start saying, “every woman struggles with this stuff. If we don’t talk about it in the church, where are we going to talk about it?” She is on a lifelong quest to help women realize that God made us to be passionate beings, and she wants us to channel that passion in a healthy way.
Shannon is donating to our giveaways:
Are all fantasies bad? Is it wrong to fantasize? What do my fantasies say about me? Shannon helps us navigate what are healthy fantasies and which ones are “rocky road maps to our past” that show where we need God’s healing.
God wants us to enjoy our spouses without shame or fear, and with total passion! Learn how to embrace passion in your marriage without all the baggage that often inhibits real freedom.
The Christian marriage world is filled with great advice on how to make a good marriage great.
What we don’t do as well is helping people who are in difficult marriages–and who need to know that God’s purpose for us is that we be GOOD, not always NICE. The two are not necessarily the same thing.
Leslie has written some hard books, but some very needed ones. Last week I phoned her when I wanted to clarify my own thoughts on submission for the book I’m finishing up right now, and she sent me some articles she wrote that were a tremendous help. Leslie is real, and she is wise, and she is so needed.
She preaches true freedom and true goodness, and it isn’t always what we typically hear in the church.
Leslie is donating to our giveaways:
No one has a perfect marriage. But what do you do when your spouse does something wrong that hurts you? Leslie shows you that acting right will help you look more like Christ and grow more like Him, even if your spouse doesn’t change. A real encouragement–and an important message.
You can’t put it into words, but something is wrong. You’re on eggshells, you’re always stressed, and your marriage seems wrong. Leslie helps chart a course to help free you from emotional abuse and find hope again.
When I picture Shaunti, I picture a little Tasmanian devil, whirling around getting as much done as possible.
I met her for the first time almost a decade ago, and I interviewed her for a radio show I was doing. I remember being so impressed with her dedication to helping marriages.
Shaunti is a born researcher, and early in her writing ministry she realized that maybe the reason that marriages were breaking up is that the sexes really didn’t understand each other. Her ground-breaking books For Women Only and For Men Only, explaining the opposite sex, became the go-to wedding shower gifts.
But what really excites me about Shaunti is all the first hand research she’s doing today to figure out the TRUTH about marriage–and what makes a successful one.
I’m meeting up with Shaunti in Ottawa this Friday–I’m going to show her the Parliament buildings and grab some frozen yogurt, as long as it isn’t raining. And I can’t wait!
Shaunti is donating to our giveaways:
Do you “get” your husband? Or is he a mystery to you? Shaunti opens up what motivates men, haunts men, and preoccupies men, and helps you understand him better!
I LOVE this book! I’m using tons of Shaunti’s research in my new book, too. It is amazing how little things can make a big difference, and how your marriage can be changed if you just think about it differently.
…And then there’s me. I don’t know what to call myself.
Some people call me “the sex lady”, and that’s a big compliment (my husband especially thinks so!)
But what I hope that I’m known for is being authentic. I don’t shield very much on this blog, or in my books. I share with you about my struggles. I probably share TOO MUCH about some of my health issues. I’m open about when I mess up.
But I hope and pray that as we take this marriage journey together that we can encourage each other and learn from each other. I’ve thought so much about marriage (and sex!) over the last few years, and it’s an honor to share that with you in this blog and in my books.
And if I can be the “big sister” who tells it likes it is, then that would be a great honor, too.
I am donating to our giveaways:
God created sex to be something amazing–but many of us have never experienced that. Learn how sex is supposed to be intimate and awesome physically, spiritually, and emotionally–and what you can do if you haven’t found that yet.
Do you feel exhausted and taken for granted–like your life has become one big to-do list? Here’s help to reprioritize your life and get your kids and husband more involved in the household, so all does not rest on your shoulders.
There you go–a marriage library of 12 awesome books, and a Pinterest board to follow your favorite Christian marriage authors!
And if you’re interested in winning ONE of THREE prizes of a marriage library–each with twelve books–just enter the Rafflecopter below!