The mystery of love? Whether it’s Valentines Day, Christmas, your birthday, or any day of the week…who doesn’t want to unwrap that mystery?
A friend of mine recently gave me a copy of Edward Sri’s Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love. I admit I prefer fiction to non-fiction, but I am enjoying this book so much that I want to tell everyone all about it!
Easy to read, this book provides practical insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. It has discussion questions at the end of each of fourteen chapters, making it ideal for a book club or for digging deeper into what you’ve just read. The topics are ones we all can relate to, but it contains many eye-openers that will likely change the way you think about love and relationships.
It is one I will read over and over so I can more fully grasp the messages and so I can grow in my relationships—especially my relationship with my husband. Honestly, as a writer, I’ll also use it as a resource for relationships in my stories!
The book covers real-life relationship issues:
- What makes a true friendship and how can this kind of friendship lay the foundation for love?
- What are the two main ways men and women are attracted to each other?
- How can these attractions lead to either friendship and selfless love or to a relationship where someone is being used?
- How do I know if I am in a relationship of authentic love or just another relationship that is doomed to failure?
- What ingredients are necessary for true love?
- The differences between men and women and the particular needs of a man and a woman in marriage.
- Two aspects of love and knowing the difference is crucial for any relationship with the opposite sex.
- The difference between feeling “I’m in love” and love itself.
- Why should people wait for marriage to have sex?
- The problem of pornography.
- How can I be a better spouse?
- How can I grow in self-giving love?
- How to win the fight for purity in our relationships and in our hearts.
There is a lot more about friendship, attraction, relationships, emotions, love, sexuality, marriage, and chastity in the book too.
“Friendship… consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person’s good.” ~John Paul II,
While I find this non-fiction book indispensable, I believe fiction is another great way to grow in our understanding of these themes and to unfold the mystery of love.
Full Quiver Publishing is a great place to find fiction that celebrates the Church’s teachings on sexuality and marriage. Check out their website for books in a variety of genres.
Author Carolyn Astfalk writes contemporary Catholic romances, sometimes also referred to as Theology of the Body fiction. Her book Ornamental Graces is #FREE on Valentine’s Day!
After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend. Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of–sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.
Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?
An inspirational Christmas romance that spans every season.
A young adult fiction, faithful to Catholic truth, that unfolds the mystery of love:
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With interesting characters and a fun story-line, this story addresses themes such as courtship vs. current dating practices, struggling with purity, obedience, finding the beauty within, Eucharistic miracles, supporting a friend faced with a crisis pregnancy, abortion vs. adoption, speaking the truth when it’s hard.
For young adult fiction, in a variety of genres, that unfolds one mystery or another of faith and/or love, check out CatholicTeenBooks.com