READING THE RIGHT BOOK

Grooming You For Marriage
by Fr. J. Pimenta, SJ 

In this age of clouds of confusion and storm, youth need stars to hitch their wagon to. One of the important spheres of life and activity in which marked change is taking place in our country is that of the relations between the sexes before and even after marriage. It is in this context that the present book comes as a light on the path of many a confused young person.

Here is a very helpful and practical book from the hands of the author who has a rich experience of three decades to support the lessons he gives. He presents here clear and healthy ideas and guidance concerning the meaning and purpose of marriage, how to prepare oneself for marriage, how to conduct oneself before and after marriage etc. He also offers a precious blueprint of enduring relationship between lovers, between mutually engaged persons, and between husband and wife. This book will surely help not only the would-be-married but also young couples to build up their family life beautifully on a solid and lasting foundation.

Love is a Decision
by Gary Smalley
Far from being a romantic accident…
Love is a Decision.

If your marriage relationship doesn't have a destination, how will you know when you arrive? And why wait for love to materialise out of stardust, when you could choose excitement and romance — now?

In this practical book, family counselor and best-selling author Gary Smalley reveals a simple yet profound plan for a marriage of depth and warmth and excitement.

Plan? Exactly. Good marriages are no accident, the author maintains. The rules he outlines are simple enough for anyone to follow… yet profound enough to guide your marriage for a lifetime. They include:

  • making your spouse feel truly honoured 

  • learning the art  of touching – tenderly

  • keeping courtship alive in your marriage

  • re-opening a heart closed by anger

  • building – or rebuilding – trust in a relationship

  • becoming best friends with your family

Smalley acknowledges that tough times can strike any family relationship. But deciding to love – in the practical ways outlined here – can result in relationships that are tougher than tough times.

Gary Smalley is president of Today's Families in Phoenix, Arizona. His previous best – sellers include If Only He Knew, For Better or for Best, and The Key to Your Child's Heart.
John Trent is vice president of Today's Family and has worked in partnership with Gary Smalley on the best-selling books The Blessing and The Gift of Honor.

My Family
by Ignatius Fernandez 
     
Family is where we are initiated into the most precious thing in life – relationship. The intimacy of relationships in the family hearth is for all of us the most treasured possession.
This book is all about the inner life of one particular family. The author (father of the family) takes you on a guided tour of his household. You are led to its innermost sanctum and allowed to peep into the family secrets. You will come in close contact with people and situations, learn about the dynamism and love that lace together their lives. You will discover how they reacted to moments of success and failure, of sorrows and joys, struggles and misunderstandings. And when you have finished reading you will find a mirror where your own family – situations, thoughts and sentiments are reflected and you will be enriched — not by fresh knowledge about family-living but by a wealth of experience that will inspire and challenge you to make your own family a truly happy one.

The Good Marriage
by Judith S Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee

What's your marriage?

  • The Romantic Marriage: exciting, sensual memories of your first meeting radiate a glow over  the years.
  • The Rescue Marriage: the healing that follows early emotional trauma becomes the central theme.
  • The Companionate Marriage: commitment to careers seeks a balance with commitment to relationship and children.
  • The Traditional Marriage: the woman takes charge of home and family while the man is the primary wage earner.

Hundreds of books have been written about marriages that don't work. But what about the ones that do? Now Judith S. Wallerstein, bestselling author and leading relationship expert, reveals the natural stages of marriage and the nine tasks you must undertake to make a good marriage.

As she introduces us to a number of ordinary yet fascinating couples, the intimate interiors of their lives, and the countless pressures they face in an age of divorce, you'll see how happy, lasting marriages are challenged and rebuilt every day – and how, whatever your marriage type, you and your partner can share a joyful, exhilarating, and fulfilling lifetime together.

Wonderfully readable and immensely valuable, full of wise and original insights about the many, many roads to marital happiness.

Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus
by John Gary
'A valuable, much needed book. A contribution to the understanding of the communication styles of men and women.'

Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets.

Using this metaphor to illustrate the commonly occurring conflicts between men and women, Dr John Gray explains how these differences can come between the sexes and prohibit mutually fulfilling loving relationships. Based on years of successful counselling of couples and individuals, he gives advice on how to counteract these differences in communication styles, emotional needs, and modes of behaviour to promote a greater understanding between individual partners.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is an invaluable tool for developing deeper and more satisfying relationships.
…a superb guide for understanding male-female relationship.'
…a fascinating book that offers hope and insight into having whole and healed relationships.'

How to Enrich Your Marriage and Your Life
by J. Donald Walters
Marriage, understood and lived expansively, is a path to transcendent love – to realization of one's higher spiritual potential. This book is a practical and inspiring guide to help you follow the deeper call of your relationship. It will enrich not only your marriage, but also your life.

"A compassionate and truthful approach to marriage that allows couples – and families – to move beyond the clash of egos to expansive love and joy. We highly recommend this wonderful book."

J. Donald Walters is the author of Secrets of Life, an enormously appealing guide to living, offering gems of wisdom and warmth on a wide range of subjects.

Mr. Walters, also known as Kriyananda, is the author of over 60 books on topics ranging from leadership to relationships, meditation to creative expression. All his books help people to live their spiritual potential.

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