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Some of my favorite books! Some I wish I had read much earlier in life.


If you only ever read one book for the rest of your life,  Captivating should be it. An amazing journey into what makes us tick and why we long for certain things. We were made to offer our beauty to the world in a powerful way.

Lady in Waiting
   A beautiful book. One that is rare among its kind because it focuses on who God made us to be as women, instead of focusing on "catching" a man.

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This book explores what we can do before marriage to begin cultivating love and respect for the single men in our lives in purity and friendship.

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You can't spend the rest of your life loving someone else if you're not first secure in yourself and your purpose. This book gave me a lot of confidence and security in being who I am and doing what I love.  

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Womack is Joseph's favorite speaker and writer.  He is a no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, don't-give-a-rip-about-the-status-quo, country boy. I love this little book because it's very practical and to the point.

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The caption on the front says it all:  "Discover a love your heavenly Father offers that an earthly father can't."  I didn't read this book until after I was married, but I have used it with several girls who have been abandoned, abused, or emotionally neglected by their fathers.  It took me ten years to learn about my Father the things that Jakes tells in this book. Great for the little girl in all of us.


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My mom bought me this book while I was still courting.  It brings the sacredness of the wedding day back into focus.  It opens up the emotional aspect of the wedding day as a rite of passage, as a new beginning, and it helped me clear away a lot of the insecurity I had about getting married.
There are pages for writing your thoughts as you approach the big day, there are practical charts for helping you get organized, and most of all it walks you through how to create a wedding day you'll actually enjoy and remember, instead of one you'll dread and suffer from financially.

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I received this book as an engaged woman by my mom-in-law and it is by far my favorite book on marriage.  It speaks of the great responsibility and privilege we have as wives and mothers.  

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I read this book a couple years before I met Joseph, and I'm glad I did. Delves into the heart of a married man in the areas of sex, respect, and insecurity.

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It seems that our culture knows a lot about sex, but very little about the actual beauty of the female body. I was also surprised to find out how little Christian women in particular, know about their reproductive organs, and how clueless we are about how pregnancy occurs or doesn't occur. It's time to debunk the myth that our "down there" parts are somehow dirty. I am a big advocate of natural remedies and taking as little medication as possible. So when I was thinking about getting married, I knew I didn't want to go on the Pill or other contraceptive. This book explains the cycle of a woman's body and how to work with it to promote or prevent pregnancy and keep our reproductive system healthy throughout our lives.


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Very practical book on the languages of the two spouses:  "the love she most desires, the respect he desperately needs."

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Before you and your husband even consider having kids, get to know the promises in Scripture regarding pregnancy and children. Jackie Mize is a woman who had several miscarriages and was told she could never have children.  She has since raised 4 children, all born naturally and without any medical interference or pain. She tells her story and shares the testimonies of women all around the world in this little book.


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For the organizational junkie in all of us who is just dying to come out. Inexpensive, time-saving, sanity-keeping tips for stuff around the house.

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Marla is warm and personal as she shows women how cleaning and organizing can be a way to bless our home.  Very encouraging when you don't know where to start.

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The only book I use every day, given to me by a dear friend and mentor.  Charts and pictures and definitions for the culinary items that stump us. Recipes and meal plans for two!


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