Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

I'm taking a marriage class this semester and this is one of our texts. As you've probably noticed, I don't read a lot of self-help type books. I'm not a non-fiction kind of girl. But now that I've read this, I think that I should definitely add a little more non-fiction into the mix. I really enjoyed this book and felt enlightened by it. I think that Gottman has some seriously good common sense and lots of research to back it up and I learned a lot from this book. It surprised me. Now, if you're reading this and you know of other similar books that you've liked, leave me a comment and let me know. I'd like to find some good ones, and I'm particularly interested in finding some good parenting books.


Bonnie Parks said...

I haven't read this one, but I've seen it. Glad to know it's a good one. I have learned a lot through self-help books - parenting, marriage, and mental health are my favorite topics. They aren't always as fun, light, and quick as some of my fiction preferences, but I do think they help me become better (some of them.)

So I'm looking back through my old lists for good parenting ones. I like the 5 Love Languages a lot and know there is one about kids' love languages. I'm interested but haven't read that one yet. Gary Chapman is that author.

Let's see what else...

There's a series called Positive Discipline with focuses on different age groups. Don't remember much about it, but I recorded that I liked it. Jane Nelsen.

Christlike Parenting by Glenn Latham.

Love and Logic Magic - I personally have mixed feelings. Some parts I liked, some not as much. I really tried to implement the concept that is big in this book about giving children decisions. That's been great.

Since doing Joy School I have discovered Richard and Linda Eyre. I like their works and their example. So far I've read Teaching Your Children Joy and I Didn't Mean to be a Witch. Both good.

I'm sure there are more that I read and liked. There were quite a few books that were feeling good about being a mom type, not as much self help. Usually those are by LDS mothers - the ones I've read. Some of those are good too.

If I think of more, I'll let you know (and I'll check back to see what anyone else may recommend.)

Kristen said...

I loved this book. I read it several years ago in a Psychology class at BYU and kept it. I just recently re-read it and remembered how much I enjoyed it.

Another one Carl and I both really like is "Then Comes Marriage" by Mark Ogletree and Douglas Brinley.