Do you want 2015 to be an awesome year for your marriage, or do you want to just get by? Do you want to grow and be stretched this year, or do you want to run from one thing to the next without being proactive?
Most of us want to grow, but life often gets in the way. And sometimes we just need new ideas and a fresh perspective to help us figure out how to do marriage better!
So I’d like to challenge you to read 12 books with me this year. Just 12 books. And two are even novels–so it honestly won’t be that hard!
I know some of you haven’t read a book in a long time, and some of you are wondering how you’ll ever find the time when you have little kids. But in a month you really can get through a book.
- Put it in your purse to read when you’re in line.
- Keep it in the bathroom to snatch precious moments!
- Grab some time on your lunch hour.
- Read for 10 minutes before you turn it at night.
- Read on the treadmill!
It’s just one book a month!
Here’s how it works: in this Ultimate Marriage Reading Challenge, I’ve given each month its own topic. And then I’ll suggest 3-5 books each month for you to choose from (since not every book is applicable to everybody!). I’ll choose one particular book to talk about on the blog, but I’ll have interviews with authors of hopefully most of them up on Facebook, I’ll have discussion forums for each book on Facebook, and we’ll have giveaways and prizes!
What do you have to do to join? Just choose a book and read it! You’ll get the most out of it if you also join my Facebook Page, since that’s where the authors will periodically be hanging out to answer questions and give away prizes. But you don’t have to pay to join. You don’t have to sign up. You don’t have to prove you’ve read it. You just have to get a book and jump in!
The Ultimate Marriage Reading Challenge:
- Interviews with Authors
- Discussion Forums
- Book Giveaways
- Blog Tours
- Ask your own questions to the authors
- And more!
So let’s get started!
Choose from these 3 books on Setting the Right Foundation for Marriage:
Gary Thomas, A Lifelong Love: What if Marriage is about more than just staying together?
(this is the book I’ll be reviewing!)
Few authors do a better job of showing how marriage and God’s purposes for our lives go hand in hand. In his newest book, Gary Thomas offers practical insights on how to keep your marriage not just intact but thriving as you grow closer to each other–and spur each other on to a closer relationship with God. Great insights, lots of great stories, and I’m so looking forward to sharing this with you!
Choose this book if: you’re looking for something deep but relatively easy to follow that will make you think–and give you practical ideas for follow through!
Pick up Livelong Love here.
John and Lisa Bevere, The Story of Marriage
This is an interactive book–not just a teaching book. As the Beveres show you God’s story of marriage, you’re invited to figure out your own story in the devotionals, discussion questions, and prayers.
Choose this book if: you’re working through this challenge as a couple, or you like guided exercises to think about what you’ve learned.
Pick up The Story of Marriage.
Join the Story of Marriage Discussion Forum.
John and Stasi Eldredge, Love and War: Find Your Way to Something Beautiful in Your Marriage
John and Stasi are poetic. Their books are rich and are lovely and make you think deeply. In this book, they explain how the fact that we’re often incompatible is actually God’s design: how we’re forced to be more Christlike in marriage, and that helps us to grow. And then they help us to see the bigger picture: how marriage is one of God’s designs to help us enter the bigger battle He’s waging on earth–and how we can get excited about our ability to fight in it! It’s an exciting book that will help you feel proud of your marriage, and excited about the adventure God has for you together.
Choose this book if you like deep books, love to think, and love more poetic works.
Pick up Love and War.
Join the Love and War Discussion Forum.
Just pick a book, start reading, and keep an eye on the Facebook Page and on this blog for more updates, events, and giveaways! And be sure to click through to the correct discussion forum for the book you’ve picked and go on over and “like” the forum (even if that’s all you’re going to do for now!), because then you’ll get notifications whenever a discussion starts!
And if you blog, I’ll also have a linky at the end of my review post for the month where you can post your own reviews of the book (or books) that you’ve read to get more traffic!
One book a month. You can do this! And it will make a difference in your marriage!