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best marriage books for couples

For the past five years, we have learned that reading marriage books together as a couple is a great investment for every marriage.

Because of the marriage books we have read, we have been able to improve our marriage in many ways. Our relationships with friends and family have also benefited.

That being said, we have read or will be reading these marriage books together as a couple. Most, if not all of these books are written by the top or best-selling marriage book authors.

Top 13 best marriage books for couples to read together

Below is a list of the best books on marriage and relationships that we plan to buy and read, or have read.

1. Communication in Marriage: How to Communicate with Your Spouse Without Fighting by Marcus and Ashley Kusi. (We authored this communication in marriage book.)

Do you find it difficult communicating with your spouse? Do you want to feel heard and understood, without fighting again?

In this book, you will learn how to communicate with your spouse without fighting. Plus the 7 simple and proven communication steps we use to communicate effectively in our marriage.


2. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman.

This best-selling book is the must-read marriage book for every couple.

In this book, you will learn about the 5 Love Languages which will help you to know how your spouse gives and receives love. You will also be able to improve communication in your marriage.

In fact, this book is the best-selling marriage book which has transformed millions of marriages worldwide.


3. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver.

Are you looking for the secret to marital success? Well, there is no secret. However, the seven principles shared in this book can help you to have a fulfilling marriage.

Based off of his studies of thousands of married couples, John Gottman’s book guides you through new approaches to handling conflict and reaching greater levels of intimacy.

If you and your spouse have any marriage issues, this book will help you to approach and work through them.


4. Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.

Unconditional love is as needed and essential to your wife as much as unconditional respect is essential to your husband.

As the title suggests, this marriage book is about learning to love and respect your spouse in a healthy way. It talks about the single greatest secret to a successful marriage that helps married and engaged couples to build a great marriage.

When both partners choose to provide unconditional love/respect, the other spouse will be more apt to show love/respect. Thus begins a beautiful cycle of love and communication.

Whether you are using this book for biblical reference, or just need a good book to rekindle or save your marriage, Dr. Eggerichs book is a great one for your relationship.

Another must-read marriage book for couples.


5. Emotional and Sexual Intimacy in Marriage: How to Connect or Reconnect With Your Spouse, Grow Together, and Strengthen Your Marriage by Marcus and Ashley Kusi.

We authored this book to help couples strengthen intimacy in their marriage.

It’s just shy of 190 inspiring pages and will show you to how to connect or reconnect with your spouse. Even if you are busy and stressed out.

Read this intimacy book if you aren’t sure where to start or what to do, to rekindle intimacy in your marriage.


6. How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It

This marital book takes a different approach than the “communication is key” adage.

Co-author Patricia Love states that asking your man to share his feelings and talk with you about your relationship is like asking him to be a woman.

Learn how to strengthen your marriage without having to talk about it in this book filled with advice and real couples’ success stories.

This book will also help you to better understand how connection plays a huge role in a fulfilling marriage.


7. Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud.

One of many of the “Boundaries” books written by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, this book takes couples through the ten laws of boundaries that every marriage should have and understand.

Read this book to move from hurt and betrayal in your relationship to mutual care, respect, and intimacy with your spouse.

Struggling to build boundaries in your marriage and with your friends or family? Read this book to learn how to set healthy boundaries for your marriage.


8. Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage: America’s Love Lab Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your Relationship

More from John Gottman, his wife now joins him in this book based off of their scientific study results of ten different married couples.

This book is designed to help couples work through situations such as affairs, workaholism, parenthood adjustments and lack of intimacy, this book may just be the last thing to help your failing or struggling marriage.

You will learn how to transform your marriage with the 10 lessons shared in this book.


9. Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starters for Connecting, Building Trust, and Rekindling Intimacy

In this book, you will discover 469 thought-provoking conversation starters for couples.

Fun, engaging, and open-ended questions that will lead to some of the best conversations you have had in a while, bring you closer and really get you learning about each other.


10. His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard F. Jr. Harley.

As the title suggests, you learn what the needs of your spouse are and how to satisfy those needs. It will walk you and your spouse through the top ten of each other’s needs; the needs that are vital for a healthy marriage.

This book is designed specifically to help couples prevent extramarital affairs.


11. Men Are Like Waffles – Women Are Like Spaghetti: Understanding and Delighting in Your Differences by Pam Farrel.

You and your spouse will enjoy reading this humorous marriage help book. You will both gain biblical wisdom for your marriage too. It will teach you to keep communicating, relieve stress, be fulfilled in your marriage.

In this book, you will also learn how to appreciate your spouse’s differences, especially if you do not know why they do things in a different way.


12. The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey.

Do you struggle with your finances? Not sure about how to pay off your debt or plan for your future?

Get a copy of this book to read today. You will learn Dave’s step by step plan for building or rebuilding your financial life.


13. Passionate Marriage by Dr. David Schnarch

Dr. David Schnarch seeks to give couples the tools to have a deeply passionate marriage through sexual and emotional fulfillment.

In this book, you’ll learn how to remove the blocks that prevent you from total satisfaction and that you will reach it once you have a mature sense of self.


A note for our list of the best marriage books for couples.

This list is not an extensive list of all the best marriage books under the Sun. But rather, a list of great marriage books for couples and anyone interested in marriage.

If you are looking for the best marriage advice books to read with your spouse or to improve your marriage, you will love reading any of the best-selling books listed above.

Even though some are Christian books, you can still learn a ton by reading them.

The marriage books above provide marriage advice on different marriage issues such as communication, finances, intimacy, sex, etc.

Some of them are written primarily for married couples. But engaged couples or anyone interested in marriage will enjoy them too.

You can easily apply the marriage lessons you learn from these books to improve other forms of your relationships too.

These books on marriage will definitely provide insights into how you can improve or enhance your marriage.

Marriage books are some of the best relationship books for couples to read.

Reading marriage books with your spouse is definitely a great way to connect as a couple.

You will also be able to communicate better with your spouse, spice up your sex life, and grow together as a couple. The three things needed for a happy and healthy marriage.

If you are thinking about marriage counseling or therapy, please get some of the books above today. And read them.

You can also check out this list of the best marriage counseling books.

Read at least one marriage book every year.

As part of our family and marriage goals for each year, we read or re-read one marriage book together as a couple.

If you have a reading list, be sure to check out all of the above marriage books for couples and add some to your reading list.

Feel free to share the marriage books you will be reading this year in the comments section.

Final thoughts

Whether you are looking for marriage books for men, women, husbands, or wives, you should definitely check out some of best marriage books from this list.

“The book you don’t read won’t help.” Jim Rohn

Your turn

What are some of the best marriage books that have helped or improved your marriage and relationship?

Have you read any of the above marriage books for couples? What did you like or not like about them?

P.S. Want more marriage books to read?

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