Saturday, June 27, 2009

Love & Respect: Pre-Marital Reading

While the bulk of this blog is certainly dedicated to the aesthetic of our wedding day, J and I are actually spending a good deal of our betrothal (?) working on becoming the best partners we can be for one another (awe, sappy and wonderful).

We are both looking forward to starting our pre-marital counseling through our church in a few months albeit I'll be honest, we're not too sure what to expect. But before then we were given a few book recommendations from some of our recently married friends to get us started.

Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs (whew, that name's a mouthful) was one of the most highly recommended and upon further research I see they have an entire website with blogs and conferences and intensives, oh my!

The 10 Conversations You Must Have Before You Get Married by Guy Grenier was another recommendation that seems to have some fairly obvious advice but offers some unique perspectives.

There are so many "marriage preparedness manuals" out there, it's quit overwhelming. The bulk of these seem pretty lame (discuss finances before you marry! decide how many children you want!) so it's hard to know what's worth reading, which is why we are looking for your suggestions.

Has anyone read either of these books? Any other good pre-marital reading out there that isn't too sappy or preachy?


Erik said...

haven't read either, but heard good things about both of them. If you really take the pre-marital counseling seriously and put time into it, your future marriage will only be stronger because of it.

MrsFord said...

Thanks Erik! That's good advice and we plan to follow it :)