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Total Honesty is the Secret!

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How to make your Marriage Exciting
Hunter and Hunter
1972

Doesn’t everyone want an exciting marriage?

The author asserts that TOTAL honesty is the key for an exiting and successful marriage. As I celebrate 35 years of marriage this month, I am here to tell you denial and lying is a much better strategy.

“Honey, that pocket protector does look cool!”

“I really do think this is the year for the Detroit Lions”

“Ice cream is healthy. It’s made with milk.”

#problemsolved

Mary

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Magic Marriage

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The Secret of Married Love
Mow
1970

Another Christian marriage advice book that evidently depends on women just cooperating with their designated role. Remember God is all about women shutting up, obeying your husband and keeping a nice house. Let him do all the thinking for you.

In a few weeks, I will be having my 35th wedding anniversary with my husband. (We refer to it as “surviving” rather than “celebrating”.) I am of the belief that marriage is a function of luck, security and low expectations.

Shutting up now.

Mary

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Leave Room for the Holy Spirit

Love, Dating, and Marriage
Eager
1987

Submitter: While some of the info may still be useful, like the difference between true love and infatuation, many of its assertions are probably too old fashioned for Canadian teens today.  The book asserts that Satan loves to mess up the lives of young Christians by marrying them to the wrong people. He  makes Christians sexually attracted to non-Christians, causing them to go on dates, but of course a Christian can never be happily married to a non-Christian as it is against God’s will. The book is also very big on the “just say no” idea and how sex is only for marriage.  There are lots of passages about how if a girl loses her virginity before marriage, she will end up unhappy,  ashamed, and will ultimately marry the wrong person. As such, the book offers tips on how to keep oneself pure.  Aside from the obviously dated cover, I think this book is long past the point of usefulness, as society’s views on women, marriage, and sex have changed considerably.  I can’t see the teens in my community finding this book particularly relevant or useful for anything other than a good laugh. Looking through it, this book even seems dated for 1987…  On a side note, it was a bit of a surprise to find a book on love and marriage written in 1987 in our teen collection, especially since our teen collection was only established in 2007. I did not work here back then, but I can’t imagine how this book made it past several departments to be transferred from one collection to another.

Holly: There will always be an audience for books with this message in public libraries, but Christians want up-to-date books too! Even if the doctrine hasn’t changed, the books in your community library should reflect…well, your community. 1987 was a lovely year for Christianity, I’m sure, but 2016 is not bad either. This particular copy looks like it could use some Goo-Gone to the cover, too. It’s all sticky.

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