Here are seven marriage books that are excellent resources. Each covers a different aspect of marriage. My wife and I are both familiar with these resources. As we continue to benefit from these seven marriage books, I trust they can make your marriage stronger as well.
The Intimate Mystery: Creating Strength and Beauty in Your Marriage
By: Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III
Based on Genesis 2:24, The Intimate Mystery helps couples, “leave, weave and cleave.” It is impossible for spouses to be intimately close with one another, while they are still attached to their parents. This book on marriage helps all couples, but especially those who struggle with relatives.
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
By: Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
If you are unfamiliar with Tim Keller, he will challenge your presuppositions about marriage and cause your relationship to grow. Keller does not believe marriage only exists for our happiness. Rather, it an instrument God uses to change people. Spouses should be honored to have a role in this process. In chapter 7, marriage concepts are discussed with regards to singleness. The Meaning of Marriage is a profound book on marriage, which could transform yours.
When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage
By: Dave Harvey
When Sinners Say “I Do” explains what it means to be a sinner in relationship with another sinner. Each spouse wants his or her way. This causes conflict. This book on marriage shows couples how to come together, overcoming sinful inclinations.
What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
By: Paul Tripp
In What Did You Expect?, Paul Tripp applies profound theological insights about God and people to marriage. This is practical, yet deep, book on marriage.
This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence
By: John Piper
This Momentary Marriage extols life-long marriages’ virtues. When marriages often fall apart, John Piper provides Biblical reasons to build a life-long marriage. He describes marriage as, “the doing of God,” and explains what that means. A PDF of this book on marriage is free at Desiring God’s website.
Crown Financial Ministries Biblical Financial Study: Special Edition
By: Dave Ramsey, Crown Financial Ministries
Crown’s Biblical Financial Study is not specifically a book on marriage. However, it provides sound financial principles couples can implement in their marriage. The regular study deals with paying bills, but The Special Edition deals with values and principles. Discussing these can strengthen marriages.
A Lasting Promise: A Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage
By: Scott Stanley, Daniel Trathen and Milt Bryan
This is the most practical of these 7 marriage books. Well researched by university professors, A Lasting Promise, is a Christian book based on “Fighting for Your Marriage.” It helps couples communicate better in their relationship.
These seven marriage books are great resources for couples who want to strengthen their relationship. Not every book on marriage is helpful, but each of these resources can be trusted. My wife and I are still benefiting from them.
Though these seven marriage books can help your relationship, they cannot love your spouse. Please, consider reading a book on marriage and leave comments here with your thoughts. But, most importantly, go and love your spouse.
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