5 Books on Marriage

As I’ve mentioned, we celebrated my sister’s wedding this past weekend! The day was stunningly beautiful and now we are left in the bittersweet haze of the celebration being over, family and friends leaving town, and settling back into our daily routine at home. There are thousands of photos and I cannot wait to weed through them and recap bits of the whole weekend’s festivities. 

In the meantime, with wedded bliss on the brain (and our 5 year anniversary coming up next weekend!!!), I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite books on Marriage!

Sacred Marriage

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

I read this just last year and wrote some of my thoughts and favorite quotes HERE; the question the book hinges on is, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy instead of happy?” If I had to recommend only one book on the topic of marriage (eek, that is tough), it would probably be this (and then I’d start listing these other ones, too :)

Love and Respect

Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs 

Andy and I read Love & Respect and His Needs, Her Needs when we were engaged and they are both fantastic resources to acknowledge the substantially different ways men and women communicate and the different needs/expectations we bring into the marriage relationship!

His Needs her needs

His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Jr. Harley

mystery of marriage

The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason

My Nono passed away shortly before Andy and I got engaged. When I was in Arizona for his funeral, we spent a great deal of time as a family, reminiscing about this wonderful man who was married to Nana for 61 years (at the time) and a shining example of what it is to follow Christ, love your wife and children, work hard, and enjoy life to the fullest. Among his things, I found and was able to take home this book. I read it while we were engaged and it is amazing. Similarly to Sacred Marriage, Mason emphasizes the beauty in the midst of incredible challenges you face in marriage; being an individual but walking so closely alongside another person. We are called to continuously die to self and look first to the interests of our spouse, that we might be refined and glorify God in the process.

The power of a praying wife

The Power of a Praying Wife (& Husband, respectively) by Stormie Omartian

I’ve read and reread this book because it serves as an excellent prompt to think intentionally about my husband during my quiet times. It is broken into about 30 different, short chapters, with a brief anecdote, prayer, and applicable scripture. When I am using this resource, I use it in one of two ways.  1.) I either read one chapter corresponding with that day of the month (chapter one on the first, two on the second, etc.) or 2.) Topically. If there is a specific area that needs prayer but I am struggling to get there, I’ll simply read that chapter to get me started (some chapters include: his decision-making, fears, spiritual strength, role as father, work, leader, faith and future

There are so many wonderful books about marriage (Andy has some of his own favorites that I should share too). I have a couple currently waiting in the wings that I am looking forward to reading this month!

PLEASE SHARE: What are your favorite books about Marriage? I’d love to hear and add them to my reading list!

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5 Responses to 5 Books on Marriage
  1. Gabrielle@MamaGab
    September 11, 2013 | 8:14 pm

    I’ve read all but the last two. Such great reads!! My absolute favorite is Sacred Marriage. I’m reading This Momentary Marriage right now by John & Noel Piper and it’s so great!

    • Becca V
      September 12, 2013 | 1:51 pm

      Oooh, thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Kathery F.
    September 13, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    My reading list is long, but I am always looking for great encouraging books that will help me become closer to God and my family.
    Thank you for this list. I have 3 of the books, but 2 of them I will have to get.

    • Becca V
      September 13, 2013 | 7:27 pm

      I know! It is impossible to get through all the great books and recommendations on my list; a feat to perpetually pursue!

  3. Bonnie Way
    September 13, 2013 | 10:28 pm

    I remember my mom reading Stormie’s book. We have Sacred Marriage but I haven’t read it yet. I LOVE Emerson’s books – he has a devotional for couples out too. I haven’t read or heard of the other two so I’ll have to check them out… I’m always looking for marriage books and have quite a shelf myself. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Fellowship Fridays. :)