It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Rather than spend several hundred words waxing eloquently about marriage, I thought I’d share some of the most-read, most-recommended, and top-reviewed Christian books on marriage. Next week I’ll share a similar list for singles. (How’s that for a Valentine’s Day set of bookends?)
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A few quick notes…
NOTE 1: Rather than attempting to “rank order” these, I decided to simply list them in the order they were originally released. If they’ve been updated, I have noted that. So…If you like the classic, time-tested books, start at the top. If you’re more into the latest, hot-off-the-presses titles, work from then bottom up.
NOTE 2: Several of these books have devotionals, DVDs, or study guides. When available, I’ve provided a link to those as well.
NOTE 3: Speaking of links…all of these are links to Amazon, so you can read reviews rather than just my opinion. (Since the least-reviewed book on this list has 56 reviews and the most-reviewed has 6,875, there’s plenty to chew on!)
NOTE 4: While I haven’t read all of these, I trust the people who recommended the ones I haven’t read.
NOTE 5: If you’d like to print, save, or share this (totally ok with me), click here to get your free PDF copy of The Most-Recommended Christian Marriage Books.
From Classic to Brand-New…
The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition by Mike Mason – 1985 (updated in 2005)
His Needs, Her Needs: Building and Affair-Proof Marriage by William Harley, Jr. – 1986 (updated in 2011)
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman – 1999 (updated in 2015)
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas – 2000 (updated in 2015)
- Sacred Marriage Participants Guide with DVD
- Sacred Marriage Participants Guide
- Devotions for a Sacred Marriage
Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend – 2002
Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life, The/The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life by Robert Wolgemuth -2003
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs – 2004
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman – 2004 (updated in 2015)
Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands by Gary Thomas – 2007
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller – 2013
A Lifelong Love: How to Have Lasting Intimacy, Friendship, and Purpose in Your Marriage by Gary Thomas – 2015
[reminder]What is your favorite Christian marriage book? [/reminder]