Even the happiest couples and best marriages can use a little boost from time to time. A little “pick me up”. We’ve all been there. Maybe not a marriage counselor, but time to learn a little more about ourselves and our partner and what makes them tick.
Marriage books are a dime a dozen. Whatever the reason, whatever the issue, there are books out there. Even if you’ve picked up one or two of them in the past, put these 5 books on your list. They will transform your marriage.
My husband and I have had a little “experience” when it comes to marriage. We are not experts, but we know that it takes constant focus to keep our marriage in the best possible condition.
Not long after we got married we watched the movie Fireproof. We stumbled across it while trying to find something to watch one Saturday night. Wow!!! It really struck a cord with us. We weren’t experiencing any issues like the characters in the movie, but it reminded us how easily things than can unravel when you’re eyes are not fixed on what really matters.
We immediately went out and got the *book The Love Dare from the movie (Fireproof). The book takes you on a 40-day journey toward closeness and unconditional love for each other. You can go thru the book by yourself (as it was done in the movie), but it can easily be done together. We chose to do it together. Each day there is a small task for you to complete that makes you think about your spouse in a different way while opening your eyes and your heart. There is also a daily devotional based on The Love Dare book. Click here to see the daily devotional.
We loved The Love Dare so much, we couldn’t wait to read another book together. The next one we picked up was The 5 Love Languages. This one truly transformed our marriage!!! We all know that women and men think differently. But this book showed us how to demonstrate love based on the other’s needs. You definitely find out that saying I Love You is more than flowers for women and sex for men. We learned so much about each other and ourselves.
My husband enjoyed The 5 Love Languages so much, he is always looking for opportunities to tell other couples about it.
Our next book was a good read. Less about learning and more about growing closer and appreciating each other’s strengths. When Couples Walk Together was easy to read, with great stories and it led to some very interesting conversations. I really recommend this if you have children and have forgotten what it’s like to be “a couple”. We often get this book out and just read a chapter at random to remind us what we loved about it.
The next book we picked up has a completely different, but interesting perspective. It breaks down the bible verse Ephesians 5:33 in a way most of us have never heard. Love and Respect will shed a new light on what men and women need most from their partners. You can read it with your spouse. But if you read by yourself, you’ll find yourself saying things out loud like “that’s so true” and “I do that”!!
Finally, Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband and Thirty-One Prayers for my Wife are both incredible for praying transformational prayers for each other. The words in these prayers were things I didn’t even know I wanted to pray, but every prayer is amazingly written and thoughtful.
Whether your marriage is solid or in a place where you can use a boost, these books can transform your marriage in ways you can’t imagine.
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