Sunday, September 11, 2011

Relationship Books for Gentle Partnering

Every now and then I'm asked what books I appreciate for strengthening relationships. I'm happy when I receive this question, because Gentle Partnering sustains us and allows us to practice Gentle Parenting. We role model relationships to our children. And every relationship needs constant maintenance. It's not a good idea to take things for granted or wait until habits are too destructive to recover intimacy.

Please remember that DH and I are both practicing Catholics, so some of the books are from religious authors. I think you can still find great benefit in those particular authors, but wanted to give you fair notice.

This is my all time favorite book. He has a website as well: Marriagebuilders

http://www.amazon.com/His-Needs-Her-Building-Affair-Proof/dp/0800719387/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315754671&sr=8-1

He also has one for parents:
http://www.amazon.com/His-Needs-Her-Parents-Keeping/dp/B0055X4X0U/ref=pd_rhf_shvl_3

This one is great for breaking into the depths of bad habits:
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Busters-Protecting-Marriage-Romantic/dp/0800718941/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754703&sr=1-1

The workbook: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Steps-Romantic-Love-Workbook/dp/0800733584/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754703&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Woman-He-Created-Them/dp/0819874213/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754738&sr=1-12

For Christians and Catholics, Christopher West can be absolutely inspiring and life changing. He focuses on applying the concepts in John Paul's Theology of the Body: http://www.amazon.com/Theology-Body-Beginners-Introduction-Revolution/dp/1934217859/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315755952&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Responsibility-Pope-John-Paul/dp/0898704456/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754768&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Exceptional-Seven-Percent-Secrets-Happiest/dp/0806523581/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754780&sr=1-1 (this one seemed to be something that would help any individual and not just a couple)

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Forever-Catholic-Lifelong-Marriage/dp/0879736887/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754818&sr=1-1 (Incidentally Popcak is Catholic and does not condone spanking for discipline. He's quoted in the Parenting Freedom article on the Biblical misinterpretation of Proverbs.)

http://www.amazon.com/Building-Intimate-Relationships-Treatment-Enrichment/dp/158391076X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754829&sr=1-5 (If you can take an actual class, you won't regret it. Any person would benefit from the ideas and skills in this program.)

http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Fitness-Couples-Minutes-Relationship/dp/1572244399/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315754982&sr=1-7

*I've linked amazon pages here merely to give you a quick look. They are not monetized links. You might find cheaper options on ebay, craigslist or perhaps at the local library.

We were so young and unsuspecting. :D HA!


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