12 books for your marriage library…


Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

My Michael and I were readers long before we married.

And we continue the habit of reading since joining hands and hearts.

First and foremost and forever will be the Bible. Michael reads it aloud to us each morning before we pray, and we spend individual reading time in the Word as well.

We read books that boost our faith and help us grow as disciples.

We read George MacDonald novels aloud.

And we love to read books about marriage.

They help us grow our union healthy. They teach us things we didn’t know or perhaps forgot. They inspire us with stories of other couples overcoming odds and sharing life in this grand and sometimes dizzying adventure called marriage.

So I thought you might like a peek at our marriage bookshelf. After God’s Word, these are some titles we’ve read over the last few years — books that can help you and your husband in areas where marriages typically need tending.

Holy Bible

New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips.

The Commands of Jesusby Michael Phillips

Keep Your Love On: Connection, Communication and Boundaries by Danny Silk

Love Talk by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

I Love You More by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggeriches

Love Life for Every Married Couple: How to Fall in Love, Stay in Love, Rekindle your Love by Ed Wheat, M.D.

Heal Your Past & Change Your Marriage by Paul and Kristina McGuire

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend, Dick Fredricks

Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

I’ve linked all these titles to Amazon through my affiliate program for your convenience in case you’d like to own one or more of them.

Wishing you and your man a happy, blessed Friday and a restful, love full weekend.

May you get a chance to exhale, reconnect, have a little fun and open a good book.


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15 thoughts on “12 books for your marriage library…

  1. I’ve not read any of these books. But I am an avid book reader. My husband doesn’t like to read. I have read some things to him, which he prefers to reading them himself.

  2. Yep, that Love and Respect book is one great big game-changer, Sheila.

    Thanks for sharing what’s on your shelf …

    May this weekend give you sweet hours with a good book in your hands!

  3. Love this post, Shelia! And I really love the idea of reading together! Thank you so much for sharing this, sweet friend! Love, hugs, and many blessings to you! 🙂

  4. Not married; never married; would like to be married. But your list is still valuable for folks like me- especially the first one! I’ve learned (the hard way) that earthly marriage is a model of the relationship God has with us. As a single person reads marriage books, they can and should read them not as how they should prepare for their earthly spouse, but as how they should prepare for marriage to Jesus. I’ve read a few of the books you’ve recommended, and when I read them as Jesus’ bride it was insightful. #FindStability

    • Barb, that is so sweet. When I was single Jesus was my husband. And in many ways He still is and always will be. I’ve learned the hard way, too. Ouch! But the results of some of my most painful lessons has been the sweetest fruit…Blessings and hugs.

  5. Reading together is a wonderful way to grow closer and to grow in grace. Since we trusted Christ in 2000, my husband and I have read through the KJV Bible every year and are truly blessed by it. Thanks for the great post! Linked up with you at Words of Comfort and now linked here also! Hope you’ll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,

  6. Thanks for the recommendations Sheila!
    We are in a season of life where this doesn’t happen much but we started the new Francis Chan book not too long ago. It’s challenging!

    • If I’m thinking of the same book, Chan and his wife offer a free video series which was good. And when you’re knee deep in dirty diapers exhaling can be a challenge. One day at a time, Christy!! Blessings for all the best in all areas of your marriage…

  7. Sheila, thank you for these recommendations! My husband and I went through a difficult period in our marriage after moving from UT to MD four years ago and Sacred Marriage truly helped us get through it. We read it aloud nearly every night and it was a lifeline for us. I am a true believer that his Word and God-following writers can strengthen any marriage and keep your minds alined with Him. Blessings to you, friend.