• Recommended Reading for Couples

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work 

    by John M Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver

     

    "John Gottman's unprecedented study of couples over a period of years has allowed him to observe the habits that can make—and break—a marriage. Here is the culmination of that work: the seven principles that guide couples on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward yet profound, these principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground, and achieving greater levels of intimacy. 

    Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else."

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  • The Five Love Languages

    by Dr. Gary Chapman

     "How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

    Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work. Includes the Couple's Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one."

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  • Hold Me Tight

    by Sue Johnson, PhD

    "Heralded by the New York Times and Time magazine as the couple therapy with the highest rate of success, Emotionally Focused Therapy works because it views the love relationship as an attachment bond. This idea, once controversial, is now supported by science, and has become widely popular among therapists around the world. 

    In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson...teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond...she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from Recognizing the Demon Dialogue to Revisiting a Rocky Moment-and uses them as touchpoints for seven healing conversations. Through case studies from her practice, illuminating advice, and practical exercises, couples will learn how to nurture their relationships and ensure a lifetime of love."

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  • Recommended Reading for Personal Growth

  • The Traveler's Gift

    by Andy Andrews

    "The Traveler’s Gift effectively combines self-help with fiction . . . sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking . . . an exemplary job at providing positive suggestions for overcoming life’s obstacles.” - Publishers Weekly

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  • Daring Greatly

    by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW

    "From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability."

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  • Recommended Reading for Parents

  • Parenting with Love & Logic

    by Foster Cline and Jim Fay 

     

    "Ditch the nagging, drop the threats, and lose the stress: you can raise great kids with techniques that are practical, proven, and fun! Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character."

    The authors have additional books for specific age groups - toddlers, pre-teens and teens. Many are also offered in CD or DVD formats.

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  • Recommended Reading for LGBTQ Support

  • God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

    by Matthew Vines 

     

    "The landmark book exploring what the Bible actually says—and doesn’t say—about same-sex relationships.
     
    As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as: 
     
    • Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not? 
    • How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate? 
    • Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen? 
    • What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations? 
     
    Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian has sparked heated debate, sincere soul-search­ing, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian."

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