It’s our Ultimate Marriage Reading Challenge in 2015–February edition!
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 this year I’m challenging you to read 12 books with me. Last month we looked at Setting the Right Foundation, and we focused on Gary Thomas’ A Lifelong Love. I did a giveaway for those books and picked the winners last night! I’ve notified them all by email, but you can see them on the giveaway at the bottom of this post).
I know some of you haven’t read a book in a long time, but remember: it’s just one book a month! And I am so impressed by how many of you joined me last month! Way to go!
Choose from these 3 books on Spicing Things Up!
Why three books? Well, if I just pick one you may have already read it! And we all have slightly different issues in our marriages, so I want to suggest a variety of books that can help.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day month, I thought it was a good time to focus on sex. So all of our books this month will help you in the bedroom. I didn’t include my book 31 Days to Great Sex because it’s not exactly a book to READ; it’s more a book to DO with your husband. But it does make a great Valentine’s Day gift (either in paperback or for your e-reader), and you can read more about it and other possible sexy Valentine’s Day gifts here!
Now on to the books I have chosen. Usually I just review one book, but this month I’ll be talking about several of these, since sex is, of course, one of the main subjects on this blog! But the main two that we’ll be dealing with are The Passion Principles and The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. I’ve written before about Pulling Back the Shades, and you can read my review here.
Here’s my signature book, probably the one I’m most proud of! I know many of my regular readers have already read it, but if you’ve been reading this blog for a long time and you’ve never read it, here’s your chance. Honestly, I say so much more in the book than is just on the blog, and share a lot of personal stories. And it’s all in one place!
Who should choose this book? Anyone who likes the blog! And anyone who wants sex to be amazing and is wondering how to really experience intimacy on each of the three levels while making love: physical, spiritual, and emotional.
Get it here.
The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage by Shannon Ethridge
Does the word “passion” sound wonderful–but you can’t really figure out how to live it out? You’ve always got so many things going through your head, so many things you “should” do, that it’s hard to give yourself over in the moment to your husband.
Shannon looks at how God created us to be passionate, and how that’s lived out specifically in marriage.
Who should choose this book? Anyone who wants to understand how to live a fuller life, especially sexually.
Get it here.
Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart by Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery
With 50 Shades of Grey hitting the movie theatres this Valentine’s Day, I thought it was fitting to include a great response to this phenomenon that’s not judgmental, but helps us understand the allure and then fight against it to discover godly sexuality.
Who should choose this book? Anyone who is struggling with 50 Shades of Grey or a temptation towards reading erotica.
Get it here.
Every Thursday on my Facebook Page from now on I’ll try to have an “Author” Day, where an author from our Ultimate Marriage Reading Challenge answers your questions. I’ve already sent your questions from last month off to Gary Thomas, John and Lisa Bevere, and John and Stasi Eldredge, so look for their answers up on Facebook soon.
And I’ll be having a “Shannon Ethridge” day, too. So leave your questions in the comments now for Shannon, and leave any for me while you’re at it, and I’ll pick four for each of us to answer.
Thanks so much, everybody, and happy reading!