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Recommended Books - Family and Marriage

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broken vows

Broken Vows: Marriage is supposed to be for life, but divorce still happens. How can a Christian reconcile the reality of divorce with the biblical view of marriage? How can a wronged spouse forgive? And how can God still be good when bad things happen?

 

 

 

 

 

Christ chaos

Christ in the Chaos: Moms: Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop striving to meet false expectations. Stop thinking your performance dictates your worth. For far too long mothers have been beaten down by the law of “do better” and “try harder.” The burden of “getting it right” threatens to crush weary souls who desire to serve their families faithfully. Christ in the Chaos brings comfort to conflicted hearts that are starved of grace and longing for the freedom in Christ the Bible promises. In this book, Kimm Crandall emphasizes the importance of the gospel and how Christ’s life, death, and resurrection change every aspect of motherhood. From finding our identity in Christ and understanding God’s grace to taking off the mask of acceptability and dealing with the comparison crud, this book will free you to serve your family knowing that his love for you does not change based on your performance. Christ in the Chaos is a “must read” for every mother who longs for what is seemingly impossible: peace and freedom in the midst of her chaos.

 

Divorce dilemma

Divorce Dilemma: So you find yourself at one of life's most important crossroads with an extremely difficult decision to make. Whether you're married and considering divorce, single and considering marriage, or divorced and considering remarriage, you're battling tough questions: Am I doing what's best? Am I doing what's right? Maybe you think no one knows exactly how you feel--no one understands the pressures shaping your decision. If that's the case, you'll be relieved to know you are wrong. God's Word offers the most comprehensive guide to answering those questions. In The Divorce Dilemma, John MacArthur looks directly to the Bible to dig out the solutions and advice you need. This book can help to strengthen good marriages and heal troubled ones, and offer wisdom for singles and divorced people considering marriage.

 

Equal yet differentEqual Yet Different: One of the most significant changes in human history has occurred during the past forty years - the gender revolution. Like the rest of society, Christianity has been permanently affected by this change. According to a leading Time magazine article entitled "The Second Reformation," religious feminists "believe they are caught up in one of Christendom's great and historic transformations." In reality, the gender transformation taking place within the worldwide Christian community is not a sign of a "second reformation" (the first being Martin Luther's back-to-the Bible, sixteenth-century reformation) but of a radical departure from biblical, apostolic Christianity. Among Bible-believing Christians, the gender revolution has spawned intense, emotional controversy over what the Bible says about the roles of men and women. There are two major viewpoints in this debate, the evangelical feminist view and the complementarian view, or the non-feminist view. Men and Women: Equal Yet Different states and defends the complementarian viewpoint. Written in outline form, the book presents biblical evidence that Jesus Christ taught that men and women are equal yet different and introduces the key terms, arguments, and most recent research related to the complementarian position. It also provides an easy-to-read summary of all the key Scripture passages commonly used in the gender debate. The book is written for people who are unfamiliar with biblical passages on gender and probably will not read a lengthy technical book on the subject.

Family at churchFamily at Church, The: This book contains practical guidance on two important areas of family life. First, it explains how we should prepare our families for public worship, how we should receive the preached Word, and how we should put that Word into practice. Second, it addresses the subject of prayer meeting, showing the scriptural and historical warrant for them, explaining their purposes, and detailing how to implement them.

 

 

 

Family WorshipFamily Worship: In this installment of the Family Guidance series, Joel R. Beeke presents a heartfelt plea for the renewal of family worship in Christian homes. The family is modeled after the very being of God, providing a divine foundation for family worship from creation. This is not a mere idealistic suggestion for the godly family, but is presented in Scripture as a solemn duty. With great pastoral care, the author gives valuable insights into implementing family worship, answers common objections raised against it, and motivates the reader to follow through with it faithfully.

 

 

Love that lastsLove That Lasts: Marriage is a profound and marvelous mystery established by God for his glory-and that is for our good. So many marital relationships never reach their greatest potential because they have the fatal limitation of being focused on one another. When our focus is solely on God, our marriages have the potential to thrive and not merely survive.

 

 

 

marriage mattersMarriage Matters: Can Ordinary Marriages Become Extraordinary? He snapped at her at breakfast. She brought up a past mistake. He walked out angry. She left without saying good-bye. Just one day in an ordinary marriage. But what if things could be different? What if the ordinary moments of annoyance, conflict, pain, or cold indifference could become moments to understand God’s incredible agenda for love and begin something new? This book offers a simple, yet powerful prescription for changing marriages one ordinary moment at a time. Change begins with understanding how and why small disagreements evolve into major problems, taking practical steps to love one another more effectively, and learning how to take those same steps over and over again. Interactions that used to devolve into pointless annoyances and fights can become opportunities for God’s love to become increasingly evident and powerful. Winston T. Smith takes abstract, biblical principles and applies them to the concrete details of life so that ordinary marriages can become extraordinary.

 

Neglected graceNeglected Grace, A: Whether your home includes a single mother with her children, three generations of a family, the immediate family and Uncle Bob, who is living in the spare room, or the traditional mother, father, and 2.5 kids, it is our joyful responsibility to lead our home in worshipping the Lord. In the history of the church, family worship has been one of the Christian family's strongest characteristics. In the last century, however, this great tradition of the faith is vanishing. In A Neglected Grace Pastor Jason Helopoulos graciously calls church leaders and individual members to reclaim the practice of family worship as a glorious expression of our Christian faith. This indispensable means of grace directs our families to seek and enjoy the love and beauty of Christ daily.

 

preparing teens collegePreparing Your Teens for College: Will my teens' faith be strong enough to withstand the tests of college? Will they focus on their studies or squander their free time? Will they form healthy friendships or join the wrong crowd? Dr. Chediak has watched too many college students flounder over these and other issues. Sadly, 45 percent of those who start off at a four-year college will not complete their degree. At a time when college has never been more expensive, too many of our children are failing. What makes the difference? Character, a strong faith, and a willingness to delay gratification. And where are those traits learned? Ideally, at home. Prepare your teens to thrive at college and beyond.

 

Renewing marital intimacyRenewing Marital Intimacy: You started out telling each other everything. Time flew by when you were together. It all seemed so easy then. But now it seems like there’s nothing to say. The intimacy and trust you once enjoyed are gone—replaced by bickering, long silences, and hurried conversations about your schedule. But it isn’t too late to renew intimacy in your marriage. David Powlison takes a close look at those things that destroy intimacy in marriage and shows how renewing your marriage begins with a renewed relationship with God. Then he offers practical steps to achieving closeness in your marriage, including three questions to ask each other every day.

 

When sinners say I doWhen Sinners Say 'I Do': Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. Dave Harvey’s When Sinners Say “I Do” is about encountering the life–transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage. Dave’s writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God’s word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say “I do”.