The book I’m recommending this month is Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives.
I’ve mentioned this book a number of times, and the ideas in this book show up regularly in my posts. The bottom line of this book is we are too busy and lack necessary margin, or uncommitted time. Richard Swenson, an M.D., says life happens in the margin, and without margin we don’t have much of a life. Swenson is convinced more margin results in greater physical and mental health, better financial stability, more fulfilling relationships, and being able to do what God calls us to do. I could not agree more! I realise many of the marital problems I see are a direct or indirect result of a lack of margin. I’ld also say a lack of margin is a major underlying factor in the majority of divorces – if nothing else a lack of margin prevents (or is used as an excuse for) working out the problems.
This book, and Love Does (see below) are the two books on my personal “read yearly” list. I think anyone would benefit from reading and rereading Margin.
Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives
Other Must Read Marriage Books:
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman