(Closed) Need help!! Your favorite books on marriage101??

posted 11 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re big fans of Gary Chapman. Although he does include biblical passages and other Christian points in his books, they are very, very, very good books that open your eyes up to things you might have missed before…especially when it comes to communication. My husband and I have read almost every single one of his books and even attended one of his conferences before we became engaged. He gives great strategies and real life stories on different problems that everyone faces and great ideas and ways on how to over come them. Good luck! 

Post # 5
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - Oakland Manor

Several of John Gottman’s books are also highly recommended. good luck!

Post # 6
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree with Gary Chapmen-The Five Love Languages was a great book!

Post # 7
631 posts
Busy bee

I second the John Gottman recommendation.  I think "The Seven Principles of Marriage" is an amazing book.

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love all the books by Dr. Gary Smalley. http://store.dnaofrelationships.com/  “The Engaged Couples Roadmap” is great if you’re ok with spending a little extra money.  Also go to http://www.garysmalley.com/ for some great resources.

“Love and Respect” by Dr.Emerson Eggerichs is an amazing book.  Many churches actually require it during premarital counseling.  The neat thing about it is that, while most couples devotions are focused on the man leading the relationship, this book is focused on both people.  It talked about “The Love She Most Desires” and “The Respect He Desperately Needs.”  http://www.loveandrespect.com/

“The Love Dare Book” Based off of FIREPROOF the movie is a really fun devotional.  It is more intended for married couples, but it can be a good one to build up the anticipation, and learn how to really appreciate each other.  http://thelovedarebook.com/

Post # 9
246 posts
Helper bee

We love reading marriage/relationship books together!  (i.e. we both read the same book but separetly)  Not only does it give us lots of good info, the authors often put into words things that we’re feeling but don’t really know how to express.  It’s so nice to be able to say, “Read this, THAT’S how I feel!” pr “Wow, is that how you feel with I do that?”

Keep in mind that we’re Christians so the books that I’m recommending are from a Christian perspective.  Not sure if that’s your cup of tea or not but these books have been very helpful to us!

  1. Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman, This book really helped us to express to learn how to love & respect each other effectively.
  2. Sacred Marriage – Gary Thomas, Awesome book in general!  We went through this book in our premarital counseling.
  3. Men are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti – Bill & Pam Farrel, Very cheesy at times but great practical info about gender differences & how they impact a relationship.

Enjoy! Cool

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