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4601 Avocet Road Northwest
Albuquerque, NM, 87114
United States

(505)896-2800

Welcome to Church Alive in Albuqueruqe NM. Our mission is to reach people with God's love, restore everyone into the full fellowship of Christ and others, renew our minds to think God thoughts according to His word, and Reproduce the life of Christ in others. 

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Marriages, Parenting, and Relationships

This category is for those who are interested in tools which can help in your marriage or relationship

These books are available in our CA library, and can be checked out to read. You may also purchase these book if you wish to keep it. Also if you have other books you wish to contribute to the library, feel free to bring them in! We also included a link to be able to purchase the book online for family and friends as a gift

 It is, in fact, a great devotional book, but it is geared more towards married couples than dating couples. They're about making marriages work and striving toward God together in your marriage. While we took some of the messages and have applied them to our own relationship, it would be great to see more devotionals geared toward dating couples!

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Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage
By Gary Smalley, Norma Smalley

Fulfilling Marriages Don’t Just Happen Truly joyful marriages are a lot of work! In Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage, best-selling author Gary Smalley shares the principles of strong marriages. He points out the common problems between husbands and wives. And he shows how to turn those troubles into teamwork. Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage explores: * Two reasons why marriages fail * How to meet the needs of your spouse * How a husband’s lack of affection weakens a marriage * Crucial differences between men and women * How to motivate your spouse to listen to you This book is a combination of Smalley’s earlier published works, If Only He Knew and For Better or For Best. The first half of the book discusses the husband’s part in building a successful relationship. The second half of the book shows how wives can nurture their marriages. Good marriages require both husband and wife working together to understand, appreciate, and honor one another. This book shows you how to do just that.

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Make your marriage the safest place on earth.

Of all the best-selling books and award-winning videos Dr. Gary Smalley has produced for couples, I Promise is his most important and most revolutionary work ever. A decade of focused research has brought him to this startling new conclusion: Great marriages are built on a foundation of trust, not behavioral skills.

So not only is a harmonious, long-lasting relationship within every couple's grasp, but emotional security is the cornerstone for the relationship you've always wanted. That  means you don't have to be a relationship guru to connect deeply with your spouse after all! You simply need to feel secure in your marriage – and to help your spouse do the same. Then the best relationship possible will happen naturally.

Creating security is easier than you think. It takes only five simple promises to each other. Promises you can most certainly make – promises this book will equip you to keep.

Writing in his trademark style, Dr. Smalley delivers a lifetime of information, true experiences, encouragement, and wisdom for anyone who wants their marriage to be not just safe, but the safest place on earth.

 

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A classic for thirty years, Intended for Pleasure is an easy-to-read reference book that combines biblical teaching on love and marriage with the latest medical information on sex and sexuality. This popular resource gently encourages married couples to make their sexual relationship the fulfilling experience it was meant to be. This is a complete sex manual, with basic facts, illustrations, and frank discussion of all facets of human sexuality. A perfect gift for newlyweds and a source book for pastors and marriage counselors, this book has helped more than a million people understand and enjoy the gift God intended for pleasure.

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Joy That Lasts
By Gary Smalley

Discover what it means to truly trust God, and how a deep relationship with him can bring life and joy into marriage. Renowned family counselor, seminar speaker, and author Gary Smalley gives insight into five truths that can transform marriage. Sharing openly from his own relationship with his wife, Norma, Gary shows why both husbands and wives need * An independent energy source to recharge their spiritual batteries * Someone each can talk to about anything and at any time * An understanding of their emotions and what they mean * Reassurance that their trials have meaning * A shared mission they can strive for together.

 

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Relationship expert and bestselling author Gary Smalley finally tackles a topic that's on everybody's mind: sex. With his pastor and friend, Ted Cunningham, Smalley nudges past our hang-ups and sacred cows to answer the question, How can I have the best sex of my life? The answer may surprise you. Did you know that great sex begins with security, which leads to intimacy, which leads to incredible sex? It's only as we take an honest look at the differences between men and women and find ways to bridge the gap that we can create the security and intimacy that great sex needs to flourish. In The Language of Sex, Smalley and Ted Cunningham peel back the layers of mystery and show us how to do just that!

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The predominant message in our culture is that it's okay to have sex whenever, wherever, and however we want. Sex has become just sex. But while society has taken sex too far, the church hasn't taken it far enough.

God wants couples to make love in marriage-with passion, with purpose, and with pleasure. Marriages aren't experiencing all the benefits that come from a healthy sex life. Couples are facing a barrage of influences that keep them from connecting with each other regularly-the kids, the career, the house, the errands, etc.

SEXPERIMENT shows people that sex in marriage is more than just sex, and it's more than a chore. The Youngs believe it's time to get back to understanding the context of sex in marriage and that it's time for couples to break the barriers keeping them from a healthy sexual relationship. Couples ought to experience the benefits of having sex regularly, intentionally, and creatively. SEXPERIMENT will allow couples to discover that the intersection of God and sex can lead to a life punctuated by exclamation marks!

 

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Dr. Kevin Leman knows even married people have lots of questions about sex, but sometimes they feel too embarrassed to ask or don't know where to turn for the best answers. For all those questions readers couldn't imagine asking their pastor or even their close friends, Dr. Leman is ready with open ears and expert advice.

With his trademark humor and wit, he offers frank answers to the burning questions all of us have about sex. Covering such topics as God's original intentions for sex, body image, attraction, expectations, sex drive, sex after children arrive, and much more, Turn Up the Heat is comprehensive in scope and just what the doctor ordered. Readers will get not only the answers they crave but plenty of the hearty chuckles they expect from Leman. Perfect for newlyweds or couples who have been married for years. Now in trade paper.

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The Marriage Checkup
By H. Norman Wright

 This book, with an accompanying questionnaire, provides a perfect tuneup for all married couples:  those happily so; those who seldom think about their marriage; and those who simply deny that problems exist and never discuss possible ways to improve the way they relate to one another.  This interactive tool includes a marriage history, communication inventory, marital satisfaction assessment and much more!  It's an interactive journey that helps couples diagnose the health of your marriage with a self-guided quiz and tools to show you  strengths and weaknesses to improve your  marriage.

 

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What speaks volumes to you may be meaningless to your spouse.  The key to a closer relationship is understanding each other's unique needs.  By learning the right "language" - quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touches - and applying lessons learned in this book, your spouse will naturally respond to your expressions of love in a more mutually joyful and satisfying union.

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The Love Dare
By Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.  Regardless of the state of your marriage - on the ropes, or healthy and strong - taking this journey together will help you learn the keys to finding true intimacy and develop a more dynamic marriage.

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Truly loving another imperfect person is more than a romantic feeling - it's a daily decision.  This book is a one-year devotional designed to challenge husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.  It is based on the foundational principles of the original Love Dare, but provides fresh content and deeper studies, including prayers and questions for self-examination.  Taking this year-long journey together might not only change your marriage, it could change your lives.

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Raising a Modern-Day Princess
By Pam Farrel, Doreen Hanna

Designed to equip parents to cultivate strong relationships with their adolescents,  Raising a Modern-Day Princess stresses the importance of creating a rite of passage for teen girls―a defining moment in which girls can be blessed by significant adults in their lives, and a call for their families and communities to celebrate and support them as they enter womanhood.  This book offers practical help in raising a generation of women to see themselves as God sees them―as daughters of the King.

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No parent wants to admit that their child-even their well-educated, well-grounded, Christian child-could be having consensual sex before graduating middle school. Promise rings, parental contracts and disease warnings provide but meager defense against a culture overrun with weapons of mass seduction.   Many factors contributing to the misguided messages received by children stand outside the realm of parental control, but the meaning of true love, can, and should be fostered at home.  This book presents the shocking, unvarnished realities of today's sexual climate but the bitter pill is balanced  with a large dose of hopeful, practical advice for parents.

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Get to the bottom line when it comes to raising your teens.  This book will help you discover how you can provide spiritual direction to your teen:  you can help your teen plan a fantastic future; find favor in friendships; be protected from dating dangers; win respect with authority, (including yours); develop discipline and work ethic; and much more.  Your kids are worth your best efforts!   

 

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Protecting Your Family in Dangerous Times
By Kellie Copeland Swisher

This book outlines important keys to keeping yourself and your family safe during the uncertain days ahead. These life-changing principles will place you under divine protection as you learn what it means to plead the blood of Jesus; how to release angels to operate on your behalf; how to really listen to your spirit; and how to live in peace.  We are at war with the enemy like never before.  Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean that God’s protection is automatic.  Like all the other promises of God, we must exercise our faith in order to walk in the fullness of those promises. 

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The Power of a Praying Parent
By Stormie Omartian

After 20 years of raising her son and daughter alongside her husband, the author looks back at the trials and joys of parenting and the power in praying for her children.  In these easy-to-read chapters based on personal experience, you will learn how parents can pray for their kids' safety; character development; adolescence; peer pressure; school experiences; friends; and their relationship with God.  This resource will help you to be an amazing praying parent whether your kids are three or thirty-three.

 

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You already know that women and men are different . . . and those differences can make your marriage tricky -- and some days, seemingly impossible!  To realize a healthy, passionate and life-giving relationship for the long haul you need more than the fairy tale kind of love that lives "happily ever after" once a single measly dragon has been slain. (There's always more than one dragon in real life.)  The authors describe their long-term partnership with humor and transparency to demonstrate how to create a real and remarkable everyday love --day in and day out, never giving up or backing down. 

 

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This book  provides practical advice and step-by-step guidance on being a better wife; improving sexual intimacy; communicating more effectively, becoming a better team player and having more fun in your marriage.

 

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Based on 20 years of experience, Tedd Tripp teaches how to speak into the heart of your child with Biblical principles and methods.  There are training objectives and procedures for understanding and leading children through all the stages of their development, from infancy to childhood, and from being children to becoming young adults.

 

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With practical helps and inspiring real-life stories, this books will equip parents and grand-parents to teach and mentor children in the life-long habit of praying. It will recharge your own prayer life and help them discover and fulfill their purpose in life.

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