Lists to Love By by Mark + Susan Merrill
Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands – Scott’s Point of View
Both books are intended to overcome the mate’s past experiences, communication difficulties, unreasonable expectations and fantasies about married life that I think some couples, will find difficult to overcome without structured assistance which a book like this provides.
My wife and I have been together for nearly 28 years and married for just over 27 of them. Obviously, people from different backgrounds and experiences will read a book like this with an eye to improve something else in their relationships than my wife and I would, but there is something very practical in this for both sexes.
From a spiritual standpoint, these books are written for Christians and intended to improve Christian marriages. Even if you are at a different place in your walk than a couple who has been a lifelong Christian, a church leader (as my wife and I are) or a new convert (one or both of you) Lists to Love By will give the reader a sound foundation based on prayer, Scripture reading and observations of life lessons from the culture.
The Merrill’s attention to those things that they focus on in their marriage, and that have made their life’s work so successful is a model for all of us and an inspirational source, even if only one-half of the couple reads their book. This is just my opinion, but if one partner focuses effort on improving the marriage and all that goes into it, the other one should eventually join in on the fun if they are paying enough attention.
Lists to Love By for Busy Wives – Sandy’s Point of View
Available on January 3, 2017, the Lists to Love By books from Mark and Susan Merrill were the compilation of their blog posts and organized into 30 lists. Each book can be used as a daily devotional or used as a reference when dealing with a particular subject.
While the wife is reading 7 Truths About Marriage her husband is reading a chapter on the same topic. The best thing is that it’s not the same writing. The list itself is the same but the story for the women is from Susan and for the man it’s from Mark.
Ideally, it would make sense after reading your chapters to come together and discuss what you’ve read. Then you could discuss the “Taking the next step” questions at the end of each chapter. The questions allow you to take what you’ve just read and put it into use every day.
Ultimately, when reading Lists to Love By it’s about how the reader can change to be a better spouse. Reading the book so that you can change your spouse will never work. By changing yourself to be a better husband or wife you make your spouse want to be better as well.
If you click on the book covers below you can order your copies of Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands by Mark and Susan Merrill. It’s a great way to keep your marriage healthy, strong, and growing closer each day. It makes a great gift for an engaged couple or for a wedding gift. It also makes a great anniversary gift. But you don’t need a special occasion to improve your own relationship.
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