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Best Books for Intimacy in Marriage

Best Books for Intimacy in Marriage

The Mingling of Souls

In this book Matt Chandler addresses topics of romance and sex. This book focuses on the marital process as a whole and gives tools to be understand your partner and plan ahead for greater intimacy. (Buy on Amazon.)


Now You’re Speaking My Language

This book is specifically from a Christian worldview and is a useful guide to building a strong marriage that is based on intimacy. (Buy on Amazon.)


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Pastor Encourages Pornography to Stop Shame

Should pastors encourage people to look at porn to avoid shaming them?

“I’m not going to shame people when they already feel ashamed,” said a well known Lutheran pastor in an interview. She believes that consumption of pornography should not be shamed. I agree. We should never shame someone for viewing porn, but this doesn’t mean we should encourage it. 

Shame is thinking something is wrong with the core of who we are. Shame creates a fear of unworthiness, specifically of the love of God and others. Without feeling worthy of that love, sometimes, we continue to live in our sexual sin. Trapped, we find that sexual shame hinders our ability to give and receive love and keeps us in a vicious cycle of sin and unworthiness. Shame lies to us, telling us that no one will ever love us.

If you struggle with watching porn, you are not shamed. But I can’t lie to you and tell you that watching porn will free you from shame.

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Did you read I Kissed Dating Goodbye?

“When I was 21 years old, I wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye. And in it I argued that dating was a bad idea. And not just a bad idea, it was selfish. And only lead to heartbreak,” Josh says as he started his documentary. Josh thought he had all the answers to solve the problems he saw in romantic relationships. 

The book sold over a million copies. And now Josh Harris has announced that he asked his publishers to stop printing this book and two other books he wrote after it about similar content. 

“My book made people feel like they had to do things a certain way and I regret that,” said Josh.  Does he still agree with the book? Josh states that his thinking has changed since he wrote it. 

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18 Books to Improve Your Sex Life in Marriage

18 Books to Improve Your Sex Life in Marriage

3 Ways to Help Women Addicted to Porn

“Porn for women” ranked number one in searches on Pornhub in 2017, increasing by over 1,400 percent since 2016. Despite the increase of women addicted to porn, Christians fail to talk about pornography and women. When scrolling through Twitter, one can find article headlines that read, “Talk to Your Son About Porn,” and “A Letter to My Sons About Porn.” Christians successfully talk about the dangers of porn for sons, but what about for daughters? Most articles about pornography use masculine pronouns, isolating women, yet, one-third of women report using porn on a regular basis.

Girls need rescuing from the chains of pornography, too.

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Galatians Bible Study Giveaway!

Dr. Sue Edwards Galatians Bible Study Giveaway Looking for a new Bible study for yourself or your small group? Enter to win a free copy of Galatians: Discovering Freedom in Christ through Daily Practice and get to know one of the authors, Dr. Sue Edwards.

About the Author

“I live to raise up women like you all,” explains Dr. Sue Edwards as she sits across from seminary students and shares her passion. She shares that God created her to invest in the lives of women and watch them blossom and thrive. Dr. Edwards accomplishes her mission through writing inductive Bible studies as part of a series, The Discover Together Bible Study (Kregel). Dr. Edwards created these studies to help women dig deep into the Word and discover God’s grace. (more…)

7 Ways to Empower Women During the #MeToo Movement

#MeToo Movement - Joy Pedrow Skarka Every 98 seconds, an American experiences sexual assault. Raped my freshman year of college, I joined the 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) who experience rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. As a victim of sexual abuse, I joined the many women who spoke out in the #MeToo movement.

After last October, when the #MeToo movement went viral, I posted on Facebook and Twitter. It felt empowering to think—others struggle too. This wasn’t the first time I posted online for the whole world to see about my abuse. I’m a blogger who often writes about my abuse. But for the first time, others joined me in speaking out. Friends I had known for years, speaking out for the first time. Friends I could connect with and share how Jesus had healed me from the emotional destruction of sexual abuse. However, #MeToo has created more than cathartic relief. (more…)

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