Marriage Preparation

As my days as a single man wind down by the day, I am trying to be as diligent as I can be to learn more and more on how to be a Godly husband. It is sad how we will spend the majority of our lives studying to be a doctor, basketball coach, nurse, or whatever it may be. I mean, we spend at least four years in college preparing for whatever career we may be pursuing. As redeemed people, unless we are called to celibacy (which Paul would say is very good in 1 Cor. 7), then our primary calling is to be a husband or wife. I may end up having several ministries, but my primary ministry is to my wife. We are first husbands and wives, then pastor, teacher, nurse, or businessman. It is sad that so many Christians will not start studying to be a Godly spouse until they are already married. We should started learning to be Godly spouses from day one. Me and Alicia have already decided that if we have a girl some day, we are first and foremost teaching and training her to be a Godly wife. The same goes for a boy. So because of these things, I have been immersing myself in bible-saturated books on marriage. Here are some that I have read, and highly recommend that you read, specifically if you are male:

The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott (this one kicked me in the throat several times, very good and challenging)
Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson (excellent!)
The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason (painfully honest)
Federal Husband by Douglas Wilson (watch out for the covenant theology)
Her Hand in Marriage by Douglas Wilson (mainly about biblical courtship)

The Fulfilled Family by John MacArthur (Johnny-Mac, need I say more)
Boy Meets Girl by Josh Harris (more courtship)

Here are some future reads sitting on my shelf:
Fidelity by Douglas Wilson
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
The Act of Marriage by Tim and Beverly LaHaye
Each for the Other by Bryan Chapell
(actually on Alicia's shelf)

Alicia is reading/has read:
The Fruit of Her Hands by Nancy Wilson
Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper