Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Book List

This is the final installment of  the Teachers of Good Things series. It's been a lot of fun, hasn't it? I really appreciate the six other women, and three men who were willing to join me for the interviews. I undertook this project as a ministry to others, but I had no idea how much I would learn in the process! I thank each of you for being willing to be open.

The final question of the interviews asked the women to share books that had impacted the way they viewed relationships, singleness, and preparing for marriage. Instead of including this question with each interview, I decided to compile it into a single post. After each book is the name of the woman who recommended it, sometimes a commentary on why, and the link to her interview.

While I have not read all of the 18 books listed, I've read the majority of them and I believe these are some of the best books available for Christian ladies. I'm looking forward to reading the new ones in the near future. Enjoy!

Single Years

Set Apart Feminity--Leslie Ludy (Linda)

Preparing to be a Helpmeet --Debi Pearl (Sophie, Amy)

The Secrets of Winning Men by Helen Andelin--despite the title, this gives insight on femininity and how to carry it out - fun read (Amy)

Emotional Purity--Heather Arnel Paulsen  (Amy)

His Chosen Bride--this one really helped me in learning contentment while single (Melody)

Boy Meets Girl--Josh Harris
This is the best book I've read on the topic of courtship. I wish I'd read it before I was married, because I think it would have helped me to verbalize in a more gracious manner how Richard and I viewed courtship both to those unfamiliar to the concept, and to those who had different perspectives on the courtship process. This is by far the most balanced, practical, and gracious treatment of the topic I've read. (Sophia)

Home Making/ Marriage Prep

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping the Home.
"This is an awesome reference for keeping the house. It' includes stain removal remedies, a dictionary of fabric, how to properly clean a house, the different types of coffee grinds and which works best with each type of coffee maker. It's incredibly thorough and super handy." (Kirsten)

The Automatic Millionaire- David Bach
Girls should be aware of finances, and this book talks about ways to save.  (Kirsten)

Understanding how Others Misunderstand You--Ken Voges and Ron Braund (Debbie)


Love and Respect. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Women need love, men need respect. It helps you understand men and yourself better. (Kirsten)

The Five Love Languages-Gary Chapman
People show love in different ways. It's good to know about that. (Kirsten),
This one really helped me in preparing for marriage. (Melody)
Also recommended by Debbie, and Sophie

Created to Be His Helpmeet--Debi Pearl.  "This is one of the books that had the greatest impact on my view on the role of a wife in a good marriage. I read it many times before I was married, and many times since." (Sophia)  Amy also recommends 

Taking charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler - this is not written from a Christian perspective but is more medical in nature. Again, to be read with caution by younger girls. It covers women's cycles, charting, types of birth control, trying for and avoiding pregnancy. Very informative. (Amy)

Her Husband is known in the Gates by Bernadine Cantrell - Debi Pearl's books are from a homeschooler, country woman perspective, this lady was the wife of a business man and had some good helps for me and my non-farmer husband. (Amy)

His Needs, Her Needs--Willard Harley (Debbie)

For Men Only and For Women Only Set--Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn
These books are the most concise and effective communication I've read on the topic. A few months before we were married Richard and I switched books (I had For Men Only, he had For Women Only) and annotated it before returning it to the other person. This really helped us understand areas about the other person that we wouldn't have otherwise (Sophie)
(Also recommended by Debbie and Amanda)

The Respect Dare--Nina Rosner (Debbie, Sophie)


To Train Up A Child--Michael and Debi Pearl (Debbie)

Amazon Links are my aff links

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