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Subject: need a recommendation - wedding shower gift
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 11:52 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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My 26 year old cousin is getting married in late May and her wedding shower is next week. I don't really know her but my mom and I have been invited. I would like to give her a good faith-based book on making a marriage work. Any suggestions? She's not overly religious although her mother is - I don't want to give her anything too preachy or anything that really promotes the "submissive" wife - I think that would probably turn her off toward reading the book. Not to mention she's seen where it got her mother - divorced single parent of 4 kids.

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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I love His Needs Her Needs and Men are From Mars, Womenn are from Venus.  DH and I read them together years ago and we're still using the principles.


Date Posted: 3/31/2008 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2007
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I would suggest The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman or For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn.  I have read both books, and they're both fabulous for understanding your spouse better.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:27 AM ET
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A second the five love languages.  My church covers it as part of the dating couples classes and it really helps you unerstand where your partner is comine from

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 5:05 PM ET
Member Since: 2/10/2006
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Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti by Pam Farrel and Bill Farrel

I've been to several of Pam's workshops and she is great!

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2006
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Tightening the Knot: Couple-tested Ideas to Keep Your Marriage Strong by a mother and daughter team, Susan Alexander Yates and Allison Yates Gaskins.  I give this book to every newlywed couple I know, packed into a gift basket with things from their gift registry.


Date Posted: 4/4/2008 5:41 PM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2005
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My all-time number one most favorite book about marriage is Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs. I have heard him in person, been to the video seminar, and read the book--really good stuff.



Date Posted: 4/6/2008 2:00 AM ET
Member Since: 8/4/2007
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My husband and I are currently reading a marriage devotional by James and Shirley Dobson. It is titled "Night Light". We try and read a new one every night, and discuss what it means to us as a couple.