Marriage Book Library

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I thought it might be a good idea to create a “library” of marriage books to recommend to y’all. If you want to build your marriage, these books are really solid. They are high on substance and low on chaff.

Please feel free to leave reviews of helpful marriage books as a comment to this page. I’d like for this list to help ladies find great book resources.

My Top 5 Book Recommendations
General Marriage
Devotionals
Lovin’ On Your Spouse
Communication & Resolving Conflict
Married Sexuality
Sexual Problems
Growing Up, Getting Healthy
Lifestyle
Parenting
Finances
Other Books I’ve Recommended

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My Top 5 Book Recommendations

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THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE by Shauti Feldhahn

Take the 30 day challenge! Shaunti shares her research and many practical ways to bless your man and  your marriage. 
Hardcover or Kindle

GRACE FILLED MARRIAGE by Dr. Tim & Darcy Kimmel

If I could get everyone to read one marriage book, this would be the book. Beautiful writing style, humor, and clearly defined concepts that will help you pour more grace (and joy) into your marriage. 
Paperback or Kindle

BREAKING BUSY by Alli Worthington

Stories, wisdom, action steps, and more to help you break busy in your life.
Paperback or Kindle

PASSION PURSUIT by Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery

Passion Pursuit is a solid Bible study for women on married sexuality. It’s time to receive God’s good gift of sex in marriage with joy!
Paperback or Kindle

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER by Dave Ramsey

This is the textbook for Financial Peace University. I highly recommend you attend an FPU near you, but, in a pinch, the book itself is a great resource. Get a handle on your finances before they get a handle on your marriage.
Hardback or Kindle

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General Marriage

      

GRACE FILLED MARRIAGE by Dr. Tim & Darcy Kimmel

If I could get everyone to read one marriage book, this would be the book. Beautiful writing style, humor, and clearly defined concepts that will help you pour more grace (and joy) into your marriage. 
Paperback or Kindle

CHERISH by Gary Thomas

Learn to notice your spouse, appreciate them, honor them, encourage them, and hold them close to your heart.
HardcoverKindle and Study Guide

THE INTIMATE MYSTERY by Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III

This is an amazing marriage book. Their understanding of leaving, cleaving, and becoming one is foundational to a strong, happy marriage. It’s one of my go-to marriage book recommendations.
paperback or Kindle

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Devotionals

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LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT

This book has 52 meditations, each one featuring “He Said, She Said” stories, Scripture, a prayer, action ideas, and inspirational quotes from other married couples. It’s guy friendly and low on fluff.
Paperback or Kindle

THE LOVE DARE: DAY BY DAY

Love is a daily choice. This devotional can help with 365 devotional readings and 52 weekly dares.
Paperback or Kindle

THE LOVE & RESPECT EXPERIENCE by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

This husband-friendly book has 52 chapters (one a week) designed to help you stop the Crazy Cycle, build upon the Rewarded Cycle, and use the Energizing Cycle.
Imitation Leather or Kindle

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Lovin’ On Your Spouse

   

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES by Gary Chapman

This is a fairly old book, but it’s solid and because of that has become a classic. I think understanding the concepts and terms used in this book would help in understanding your spouse and could be used to make communication easier (always a good thing).
Paperback or Kindle

THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE by Shauti Feldhahn

Take the 30 day challenge! Shaunti shares her research and many practical ways to bless your man and  your marriage. 
Paperback or Kindle

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Communication & Resolving Conflict

             

THE RELATIONSHIP CURE by John Gottman

An amazing resource for understanding communication and building a more intimate relationship.
Paperback or Kindle

THE 3RD ALTERNATIVE by Stephen R. Covey

This book is not specifically a “marriage book,” but the concepts are so important to dealing with conflict that married couples will benefit. The book talks about creative options that meet the heart needs of those involved in conflict. There are really many possible options beyond the usual two options proposed.
Paperback or Kindle

RESOLVING EVERYDAY CONFLICT by Ken Sande

If you are looking for a practical, biblical, concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life, this is the book.
Paperback or Kindle

LOVE & RESPECT by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

You can break the Crazy Cycle and build love and respect into your marriage.
Hardback or Kindle

THE EMOTIONALLY DESTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP by Leslie Vernick

This is an amazing book about understanding the destructive factors in a relationship and how to deal with them graciously and wisely.  
Paperback or Kindle   
(Also available by the same author ~ The Emotionally Destructive Marriage)

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Married Sexuality

            

THE PASSION PRINCIPLES by Shannon Ethridge

Written for husbands and wives, this books examines a number of sexual topics to help couples build a healthy delightful sexual life. Includes end of chapter questions for discussion.
Paperback or Kindle

THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO GREAT SEX by Sheila Gregoire 

This a wonderfully encouraging book. It addresses a lot of sexual issues that usually get ignored and puts sex into a healthy perspective, exploring not just the physical side of sex, but also the emotional and spiritual aspects of sex. And, boy howdy, she will make you laugh.
Paperback or Kindle

Sheila has also authored the ebook 31 Days to Great Sex.

PASSION PURSUIT by Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery

This is a solid Bible study for women on married sexuality. 
Paperback, Kindle or DVD series 

A CELEBRATION OF SEX by Douglas E. Rosenau

I would recommend this book as a first book about married sexuality as there is a good deal of foundational information. I think it would also be an excellent book to read and discuss with your spouse as a way of opening up discussion on a number of topics.
Paperback or Kindle

SHEET MUSIC by Kevin Leman

This is a delightful book about married sexuality. “It’s not just a how-to-do-it manual,” writes Leman. “This is more of a do-it-yourself look at why to do it and how to do it better.” He addresses a number of sexual issues quite frankly.
Paperback or Kindle

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Sexual Problems

            

HEALING THE WOUNDED HEART by Dan B. Allender

This is the best handbook on healing from sexual abuse that I know of. It’s very thorough and offers good insight into the injury and healing process. Be sure to get the workbook.
Paperback and Kindle

SURPRISED BY THE HEALER by Dr. Juli Slattery & Linda Dillow

Slattery & Dillow share their insights in tandem with a number of stories of women who have found healing from sexual abuse. An amazing book of encouragement and truth. Includes a 10-week Bible study.
Paperback and Kindle

PULLING BACK THE SHADES by Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery.

The call of erotica and pornography is strong in our culture. We can download “mommy porn” on our Kindles and view porn with the click of a mouse. It’s a growing issue for many women. Gresh and Slattery address the issue with biblical wisdom, gentle encouragement and deep insight. There is a way out of this bondage. (Even if this is not a problem for you, guaranteed it is for someone you know. The insight and encouragement in this book would be great tools for helping those you love.)
Paperback or Kindle

THE FANTASY FALLACY by Shannon Ethridge

This is an difficult and challenging book. The numbers are growing when it comes to people caught in sexual woundedness and sin and God wants to help, heal and set us all free. This is an amazing tool that can help.
Paperback or Kindle

FALSE INTIMACY by Harry Schaumburg

The subtitle is Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction. This is an insightful book that can help you understand how porn addiction develops and how to walk toward restoration. It includes a chapter on porn proofing your kids. 
Paperback   Kindle

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Growing Up, Getting Healthy

      

EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY by Peter Scazzero

The author writes about the critical link between emotional and spiritual health. He’s shares his own story (which is a wild ride) and explains how we need to face and address our emotional condition within the framework of our spiritual walk. A life changer.
Paperback   Kindle   workbook

Geri Scazzero has also written The Emotionally Healthy Woman.
Paperback   Kindle 

CHANGES THAT HEAL by Henry Cloud

Cloud talks you through the necessary steps of healing and maturing. Amazing read.
Paperback   Kindle   workbook

YOU’RE ALREADY AMAZING by Holley Gerth

Reading this book is like a hug, a great cup of coffee and the best encouragement you’ve ever had all rolled into one.

Holley walks you through a number of simple exercises to discover your unique design and, in doing so, helps you toss a load of lies and wrong expectations off of your back. Each page offers an insight, a bit of wisdom or an encouragement. 
Paperback or Kindle

Holley has also authored You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream and Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream.

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Lifestyle

         

MARGIN by Richard Swenson

This is another “not a marriage book,” but it could very well save your marriage. Busyness and stress are killers of relationships. We need to slow down, appreciate our loved ones and build a sane lifestyle.
Paperback or Kindle

BREAKING BUSY by Alli Worthington

Stories, wisdom, action steps, and more to help you break busy in your life.
Paperback or Kindle

THE MORE OF LESS by Joshua Becker

In a similar vein, I would recommend this book on minimalism. It will help you sort out your values and dreams and point you toward a sane and simple lifestyle. A great marriage building tool.
Hardcover or Kindle

LOVE DOES by Bob Goff

Wow, what an amazing book. It’s full of stories about love in action, not love in thought, talk or hope. Love does.
Paperback or Kindle

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Parenting

   

MAKING CHILDREN MIND WITHOUT LOSING YOURS by Kevin Leman

Leman writes with wisdom and humor, helping parents use age appropriate natural consequences to train their children.
Paperback or Kindle

COURAGEOUS PARENTING by David Hutchens

This is a workbook designed to help parents develop their communication skills (for parents with children between the ages of 10 and 20).
Paperback

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Finances

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER by Dave Ramsey

This is the textbook for Financial Peace University. I highly recommend you attend an FPU near you, but, in a pinch, the book itself is a great resource. Get a handle on your finances before they get a handle on your marriage.  
Hardback

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Other Books I’ve Recommended

          

YOUR BEST YEAR EVER by Michael Hyatt

This is an amazing book that can help you understand your why in life. From that you can choose and achieve your most important goals.
Hardback or Kindle

A YEAR WITH GOD by Richard J Foster and Julia L. Roller

This is the devotional I am using in 2018. I like Foster’s spiritual discipline theme.
Hardback or Kindle

THE PATH OF INTIMACY by Scott Means

The first in a series of ebooks, Scott shares about our heart cry for intimacy and some profound truths about building intimacy in your marriage.
Kindle

LOVE BUSTERS by Willard F. Harley, Jr.

This is my marriage book for April. I’ll let you know what I think of it at the end of the month.
Paperback or Kindle

LEADERSHIP COACHING by Tony Stoltzfus

This is my favorite coaching book. Ignore the “Leadership” in the title. The book is good for everyone.
Paperback or Kindle

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