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If you want true intimacy and lasting fulfillment in your marriage, don’t look to books like Fifty Shades of Grey or sexually explicit novels. They only work to distort and destroy God’s plan for sexual fulfillment in marriage. Here is a resource list of books to help you find the lifelong love and fulfillment God designed for your marriage.
Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat, M.D. – “This book has helped more than a million people understand and enjoy the gift God intended for pleasure.”
Lifelong LOVE AFFAIR, How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage by Jimmy Evans – “God didn’t create marriage to frustrate men and women or make them feel inadequate. He created this covenant relationship to meet our deepest needs and desires. He created marriage to be filled with passion, purpose and excitement. Even better, God created marriage to last a lifetime…learn how to embrace God’s dream for your marriage, how to cultivate romance and fun, and how to fulfill your spouse’s spiritual, emotional, and sexual needs. Transform your marriage into a lifelong love affair!”
the key to sexual fulfillment in marriage, creating an atmosphere of sexual pleasure in your marriage by Jimmy Evans – “God intends for married couples to enjoy sex! In fact, He designed this experience to bring tremendous pleasure and fulfillment to marriage…Jimmy Evans shatters the lies of the media where sex is concerned. And he reveals the powerful truths of God’s perfect plan for sex within marriage. Your sex life will dramatically improve as you and your spouse: Understand the Sexual Differences Between Men and Women; Eliminate the Common Enemies of Sexual Fulfillment; and Work to Create an Atmosphere of Sexual Pleasure.”
Sexual Intimacy in Marriage by Sandra Glahn, ThM and William Cutrer, M.D. – “Every couple has those questions they don’t know how or whom to ask! Sexual Intimacy in Marriagediscusses the basics, like the definition of marriage, and the not-so-basic topics, such as achieving sexual pleasure and biblically “OK” sexual activity. This highly acclaimed, medically and biblically accurate book covers all the bases about sex in marriage with a sensitivity and frankness that every couple will appreciate.”
God on Sex: The Creator’s Idea About Love by Daniel Akin – ” Having lead over 300 marriage seminars across the United States, he is in touch with the distorted contemporary perceptions of sex. But the Bible is not silent on this subject. As a matter of fact it has much to say. As the creator of sex, God makes clear the conditions for sex at its best . Akin sets the many and varied misconceptions about sex alongside God’s design to reveal His intention and blessing for this vital dimension of life.”
Now for three resources that warn of the dangers of seeking sexual fulfillment outside of God’s design for marriage.
The Fantasy Fallacy – Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts by Shannon Ethridge – “Many are looking to sexual and emotional fantasies as avenues to fulfillment. Our fantasies, however, are not reliable guides into the future—they are actually rocky road maps from our past. Best-selling author Shannon Ethridge theorizes, “Fantasies are simply the brain’s way of trying to heal itself from unresolved tragedies and traumas. We mentally compartmentalize our pain to make room for pleasure.”
Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time by Stephen Arterburn – “Shattering the perception that men are unable to control their thought lives and roving eyes, Every Man’s Battle shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity-perfect for men who have fallen in the past, those who want to remain strong today, and all who want to overcome temptation in the future.”
Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge and Stephen Arterburn “When does an affair begin? Not with the first forbidden touch…but with the first forbidden thought. Unexpectedly, you find yourself enjoying a powerful emotional bond with another man. You feel like you matter to someone again. And the door you thought was locked so firmly–the door to sexual infidelity–is suddenly ajar. The only way women can survive the intense struggle for sexual integrity is by guarding not just your body, but your mind and heart as well.”