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Here is my personal list of books I recommend on marriage. My husband and I will celebrate ten years of marriage this month, and since he is a pastor, we’ve had numerous opportunities to meet with couples for marriage counseling. Whenever someone asks me for a good book on marriage, these books are included in my answer:
Love and Respect, by Emerson Eggerichs
“Love and Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs is my #1 marriage recommendation book. It talks about a woman’s need to be loved and a man’s need to be respected, and the vicious cycle that happens when one or both of those are lacking in a relationship. Every person I know who has read this book has raved about how much its message resonated with them and their own situation.
Strengthening Your Marriage, by Wayne Mack
This book has great doctrine and theology on marriage, but what I most appreciate are the discussion questions. The questions are so thorough and deep that they addressed issues my husband and I had never talked about even after a year-long engagement and eight weeks of pre-marital counseling. We use this book often when conducting pre-marital counseling with other couples, but is very useful for those who have been married for a long time as well.
Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas
This book asks the question, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?” Of all the books, I would say this one provided the biggest challenge for me personally. It caused me to think of marriage as growing in holiness and selflessness, as opposed to thinking about “what I can get out of this.”
This book was just released, and is very light and conversational. It gives good tips on how to work together as a team in marriage, when the temptation is often to veer towards a “Me” vs. “Him” mentality. It also has great discussion questions at the end of each chapter which will promote unity and oneness in the marriage relationship.
Read my review here:
What about you? What books have been most beneficial in your marriage?