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Recommended Marriage Books

The best relationships are always studying each other and the truth about marriage. Reading and discussing a marriage book together is one of the best ways to accomplish both. Here are some of our favorites.

Marriage: 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make

When you say “I do,” you begin the journey of a lifetime― and you have dreams of that journey being perfect. But it won’t take long for expectations of the perfect marriage to fade away in the struggles of everyday life. A long-term, vibrant marriage needs to be grounded in something sturdier than romance―it needs the life-changing power of the gospel.

Marriage Matters

What if the ordinary moments of annoyance, conflict, pain, or cold indifference could become moments to understand God’s incredible agenda for love and begin something new? This book offers a simple, yet powerful prescription for changing marriages one ordinary moment at a time. Change begins with understanding how and why small disagreements evolve into major problems, taking practical steps to love one another more effectively, and learning how to take those same steps over and over again.

When Sinners Say, “I do”

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say “I Do” is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

Sacred Marriage

Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy. . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?

Thriving Despite a Difficult Marriage

It’s a hard reality for some: Marriage is difficult, disappointing, and painful. Your spouse is unwilling to change. How do you continue, and not just exist but thrive?

Christian psychologists Michael Misja and Chuck Misja show you how to be free from shame when your marriage is not “successful” by conventional Christian standards. Their relational process for shifting from hoping in your marriage to hoping in God will help you move beyond suffering and mere surviving to finding joy and supernatural thriving.

Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires – The Respect He Desperately Needs

Discover the Single Greatest Secret to a Successful Marriage.  Psychological studies affirm it, and the Bible has been saying it for ages. Cracking the communication code between husband and wife involves understanding one thing: that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. It’s the secret to marriage that every couple seeks, and yet few couples ever find.

The Meaning of Marriage

Modern culture would make you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. All those modern-day assumptions are, in a word, wrong. This book shows everyone-Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged-the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

This Momentary Marriage

Reflecting on forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant for all the best reasons.  This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.

Rocking the Roles

Rocking the Roles explains how marriage can be a perfect blend of structure and equality, balance and beauty.  Transform your relationship by learning about  common misunderstandings about marriage, core roles that don’t limit choices, what spouses most need to understand about each other, what submission and authority is and is not, and sexuality. 

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

The Bible has a way of shocking us. If Americans could still blush, we might blush at the words, “Rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. “Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love” (Proverbs 5:18-19).  But, of course, sin always tries to trash God’s gifts. So we can’t just celebrate sex for what God made it to be; we have to fight what sin turned it into. The contributors to this unique volume encourage you to do both: celebrate and struggle.

Catching Foxes

In this interactive study, biblical counselor John Henderson uses a workbook approach to guide you through your marriage preparation—helping you to understand the purpose of marriage, to handle conflict, to glorify Christ in your union and finances, and to get to know your own heart and expectations. Many threats to a marriage can be identified even before the wedding takes place. Even better, God’s gospel provides the means of overcoming them.

Tying the Knot

Advised by both tellers of fairy tales and harbingers of doom, many engaged couples simply don’t know what to expect from marriage, so they focus their anxious energies on the wedding day. Rob Green, a pastor, counselor, and veteran of many premarital counseling sessions, shares that the joy, fun, companionship, and love couples hope for before marriage are not only possible, they are actually God’s plan for marriage.

Finally Free

In Finally Free, Dr. Heath Lambert, a leader in the biblical counseling movement, lays out eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming the deceitful lure of pornography. Each chapter clearly demonstrates how the gospel applies to this particular battle and how Jesus can move readers from a life of struggle to a life of purity.

New Morning Mercies

Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

Never Alone Couples Devotional

This 365-day companion devotional to Never Alone (released in March 2001) helps strengthen a couple’s ability to join with Christ in meeting their spouse’s emotional needs. The devotional is arranged into 52 themes such as acceptance, affection, and forgiveness, with a week’s worth of meditations on each theme. Each daily entry includes a Scripture verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a statement of commitment.

Gospel Primer: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love

God did not give us His gospel just so we could embrace it and be converted. He offers it to us every day as a gift that keeps on giving us everything we need for life and godliness. Here is a valuable tool to preach the gospel to yourself daily to strengthen your faith and define what you believe and why.

The Story of Us – A Couples Devotional

Drift is common in marriage. When the newness wears off, familiarity takes over and couples begin taking each other for granted. Intimacy gives way to isolation. But we believe you can stop the drift and return to oneness–by moving together toward God.

Inspired by the teachings of FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage getaway, these 52 devotional readings deliver stories of success and struggle, joy and heartbreak. Together, you and your spouse can learn what Scripture says about marriage and begin to discover God’s “happily ever after” for your story.