Life Stage: Married

Recommended Books:

  • It Starts At Home (by Kurt Bruner and Steve Stroope) explains why marriage is a key path of our spiritual formation and provides practical advice for intentional couples.

  • The Marriage Masterpiece (by Al Janssen) unveils the beauty of God’s design for every marriage.

  • Building Your Mate’s Self-Esteem (by Dennis and Barbara Rainey) shows why one of the most vital ingredients in a marriage today is to build one another’s self-esteem.

  • Love and Respect (by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs) discusses a powerful biblical model for each spouse understanding and meeting the other’s most deeply felt need.

  • The Five Love Languages (by Gary Chapman) describes how to discover and serve your spouse’s unique love language.

  • A Celebration of Sex (by Dr. Douglas Rosenau) is a guide to enjoying God’s gift of sexual intimacy.

  • Simply Romantic Nights Kit (from Family Life Ministries) Discover intimacy in a new light using a series of his/her date night ideas.

Click here to find out information on our Marriage Ministry.

Empty Nesters

Life Stage: The Empty Nest

Recommended Books:

  • Half Time (by Bob Buford) Reaching midlife doesn't have to be a crisis. It is actually an opportunity to begin the better half of life.

  • Second Half of Marriage (by David and Claudia Arp) addresses eight challenges of the empty-nest years.

Unbelieving Spouse

Life Stage: Unbelieving Spouse

Recommended Books:

  • Beloved Unbeliever (by Jo Barry)

  • Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage (by Lee Strobel) provides hope for Christians married to an unbelieving spouse.

Recommended Websites:

Click here to contact a counselor at Concordia, and click here to see our current Bible studies.

Considering Children

Life Stage: Considering Children

Recommended Book:

  • Start Your Family (by Steve & Candice Watters) provides inspiration for those considering children and practical insights from his and her perspectives.

Preparing For a Baby

Life Stage: Preparing For a Baby

Recommended Book:

  • Your Marriage Can Survive a Newborn (by psychologist Glenn Williams and occupational therapist Natalie Williams) helps couples thrive during the stress and strain of having a newborn. With chapters about anxiety, expectations, money, sex and fun, the Williams’ speak from their own experience of having three children, as well as from the stories of other overextended parents, to show couples how to nurture their relationship even as they nurture their new baby.


Click here to visit our Child Care Center page.

Family Finances

Life Stage: Family Finances

Recommended Books:

  • The New Master Your Money (by Jeremy White and Ron Blue) offers a financial planning book that presents concepts in an easy-to-understand format.  Do you know if you have enough?  Do you know how much is enough?

  • The Treasure Principle (by Randy Alcorn) explores Jesus teaching on our finances - something about which he had more to say than most topics, including heaven.

Difficult Marriage

Life Stage: Difficult Marriage

Recommended Books:

  • Love and Respect (by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs) discusses a powerful biblical model for each spouse understanding and meeting the other’s most deeply felt need.

  • Breaking the Cycle of Divorce (by Dr. John Trent) helps those who had no model of marriage stability break the cycle by creating a successful relationship.

  • Boundaries in Marriage (by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend) shows couples how to apply the 10 laws of boundaries that can make a real difference in relationships by learning when to say yes and when to say no.

  • Love Must be Tough (by Dr. James Dobson) offers hope for marriages in crisis—including those who have an unfaithful spouse.

Click here to contact a counselor at Concordia.

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