For Women Only, by Shaunti Feldhahn. Wow, what an eye-opening, excellent book. Most of the contents of the book I had known already, or at least had heard of, but the thing I loved about it is the fact that it gives scientific facts and data that back it all up, as well as multiple studies and interviews by men of all ages and walks of life.
I'm telling you, if this book doesn't rock your world and give you more compassion, love and respect for your husband, and the other men around you, I don't know what will! I would encourage EVERY woman to read this book. It's not only for the married woman, but for the singles out there as well. It will give you some much needed insight into the lives and mentality of a man that will help you support and encourage them, as you walk beside them on their journey for purity.
Kiss Me Like You Mean It, by Dr. David Clarke. I'm only a few chapters in, but just the intro had me hooked, and laughing my butt off at the reality of the woman/man dynamics he portrays.
The thing is, I don't view my marriage as falling apart or struggling. I think Josh and I do a fairly decent job at communicating our wants, needs and struggles (which I couldn't have said about 12 years ago, ha!). He is, by far, my best friend.
But on the other hand, I know that no marriage is perfect (that's exactly what Satan wants you to believe, so he can swoop in at any given weak moment and destroy it all!) . Josh and I are far from perfect people. As a matter of fact, we are sinful, selfish people, but we have committed to do life together, even through the stresses of daily foolish choices, mistakes, financial crisis, communication breaches and demanding children.
As I wade through these books I have noticed something stirring in my heart.
I WANT TO FIGHT FOR MY MARRIAGE!
Not because I'm afraid it is unraveling or on the brink of destruction, but because I know that we are NOT exempt. We will never be exempt from the daily temptations that Satan throws at marriages, and we need to live with guarded hearts, always.
So yes, I am fighting for my marriage. Today, tomorrow and every day. Because it is a battle worth fighting the rest of my life for.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the forces of evil in the heavenly places."