Everything from money and household chores to balancing friendships and work with family obligations and romance can be overwhelming in the first year of marriage, especially for the newlywed husband. New wives have an easier time settling into married mode than men. They've been preparing for and dreaming of this stage of their lives, well, for most of their lives.
But what about the newlywed husband? Things are a bit different, because the change in roles is more significant. Juggling a solid Christian household and learning how to be a fantastic husband is a complex job, and should come with a manual.
Unfortunately, when I was a young husband, there wasn't such a thing. I had to wing it, just like generations of Christian men before me. I've since found that there has been such a book written, and look forward to sharing it with my sons someday, so they won't be as in the dark as I was.
If you're looking for a fun, fast read about being a modern Christian newlywed husband, I recommend you check out Jess MacCallum's book, Put the Seat Down: And Other Brilliant Insights for an Awesome First Year of Marriage.
The book is a well-balanced read of humor, practicality and applied scripture for the new husband. It's a great read, and while I've been married for well over a decade, the refresher was nice, and my wife has appreciated the change in me, too. Put the Seat Down is a charming book, filled with useful tips on how to be the best Christian husband you can be.