You've seen Crosswalk's top movie picks for 2007, and we've seen the numbers on the Spiritual Life articles that interested you, our readers, most. Now, let's take a look at what grabbed your attention in a more personal realm - your relationships. Here are some of the most-read Family (and those seeking to start a family!) articles of 2007:

1. Sex and the Christian Marriage by Betsy St. Amant, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

Abstract: For your spouse's sake, filter what you pour into your mind – it’ll eventually seep into your heart.

Key quote: "During their most formative years Christian teenagers, especially young girls, are often expected to push the topic of sex aside…Those who remain pure during the trying years of hormone overload get married and suddenly expect to experience everything they’ve seen on TV, read in books, or heard in the locker room at school. And why wouldn’t they? It’s all they know."

Reader comment: "Great article! And I wholeheartedly agree about Christian fiction. It is a wonderful way to illustrate what a beautiful marriage should look like. I grew up reading Janette Oke's books and they truly helped me love and appreciate my husband and my children more. There is so much excellent fiction there now that does NOT contain the graphic sex, violence and language of most novels in the bookstore. I always enjoy Betsy St. Amant's articles. Keep them coming!"

2. Love Your Husband Even When He Drives You Crazy by Whitney Hopler, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

Abstract: Drawing from concepts in Susie Davis’s book Loving Your Man Without Losing Your Mind (Regal Books, 2007), Hopler summarizes practical ways wives can choose to love their imperfect husbands.

Key Quote: "Get rid of Prince Charming. Forget the mistaken idea that your husband should look like a perfect prince ready to rescue you from all your troubles and meet all your needs. Realize that he is just what God made him to be – a regular guy who’s your companion through life. Let go of your unrealistic expectations. Instead of turning to your husband for your happiness, strength, and security, depend on the only One who can truly provide that – God."

Reader comment: "Thank you Susie for giving practical advice on how to love even when going crazy. God commands us to love...it's not an option, but knowing how is the hard part. I appreciate the practical side because so often people are told to give up the relationship...you just aren't compatible. Truth be known...no couple is ever fully compatible and only by agreeing to work through differences of any size and being committed to that does compatibility grow. It's a process and not an instant answer, as Susie says that you realize it's not easy. So plan on working hard and then love unconditionally using these to do that. If I gave up every time someone failed me...I'd have no friends...and that's where our society continues to misunderstand relationships. Life is hard, so grow up and face the hardness of it, and then work the ‘rough’ soil to grow plants that give seed to fruit that can be tastefully enjoyed. It's worth the effort. “

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3. Why Some Evangelicals are Throwing Out Birth Control by Barbara Curtis, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

Abstract: Writer Barbara Curtis shares how she and her husband made the decision to forgo artificial birth control and discusses why other Christian families are increasingly choosing a similar path.