8 Christian Books To Read For Your Christian Marriage

The 8 Best Christian Books To Read For Your Marriage

Marriage is a sacred bond between a woman and a man. When a couple gets married they are committing to a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness. However, in today's society, a lifelong marriage is rare to find. With the average marriage lasting just 8 years and at a 41% divorce rate, it's more important now than ever to create a strong relationship before heading down the aisle. 

With God's help, we can create a long-lasting marriage filled with love and happiness. It won't be easy but it will be well worth it in the end. The reward will be spending eternity with the one you truly love. 

There are so many great Christian books out there that will assist you along the way. I personally love The 5 Love Languages and have found it helpful in my own marriage. Also, these books would make wonderful gifts for newly weds or just about anyone that is married! 

Without further ado, here are 8 books to strengthen and nourish your Christian Marriage: 

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes the Couple's Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas 

Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply.  What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy?

Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages.

Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God's presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

Fierce Marriage by Ryan & Selena Frederick

Ryan and Selena Frederick were newlyweds when they landed in Switzerland to pursue Selena's dream of training horses. Neither of them knew at the time that Ryan was living out a death sentence brought on by a worsening genetic heart defect. Soon it became clear he needed major surgery that could either save his life--or result in his death on the operating table. The young couple prepared for the worst. 

When Ryan survived, they both realized that they still had a future together. But the near loss changed the way they saw all that would lie ahead. They would live and love fiercely, fighting for each other and for a Christ-centered marriage, every step of the way.

Fierce Marriage is their story, but more than that, it is a call for married couples to put God first in their relationship, to measure everything they do and say to each other against what Christ did for them, and to see marriage not just as a relationship they should try to keep healthy but also as one worth fighting for in every situation. With the gospel as their foundation, Ryan and Selena offer hope and practical help for common struggles in marriage, including communication problems, sexual frustration, financial stress, family tension, screen-time disconnection, and unrealistic expectations.

Love & Sex by Nancy Houston

Sex is powerful! Just saying the word “sex” can stir up all kinds of emotions inside people. Maybe it’s a positive emotion for you, or a hurtful, shameful, confusing one. It’s no wonder we humans struggle to understand its meaning and purpose. It can be difficult to talk about and even worse if we have experienced unwanted shame or grew up in a home where sex was a taboo topic.

In Love & Sex, Nancy Houston provides a compassionate view of human sexuality. Through the lens of Scripture, she unpacks the good God intended when he created humans as sexual creatures and honestly shows how that plan hasn’t been the case for many. You won’t find a critical examination of dos and don’ts but stories of redemption, grace, and hope. You will understand how you were shaped and how you are more than your sexual behaviors.

Married and Still Loving It by Gary Chapman and Harold Myra

You know yourselves better. You’ve learned to cherish the small things. You’re past keeping up with the Joneses.

And yet, anxieties over grown children, worries about money and health, and feelings of disappointment can challenge even the best marriages.

In Married and Still Loving It, renowned relationship expert Gary Chapman and Harold Myra, longtime CEO of Christianity Today International, offer wise counsel and practical insight on making your marriage thrive during the later years. Real couples share honestly about their joys and struggles, including Jerry and Dianna Jenkins and Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada, who talk movingly about their marital journeys.

Married and Still Loving It feels like a gathering of kindred spirits. It will inspire and equip you to embrace the adventures yet ahead, hand in hand with the one you love .

Thirty-One Prayers for My Husband by Jennifer Smith

Thirty-One Prayers For My Husband Was written to help wives pray specifically for different areas of life for their husband. I chose 31-prayers to make sure that every day of the month is covered!

We also added blank pages after each prayer for people to make these prayers more personal.

Some of the prayers include:

* Leader Of The Home

* Pursuing Gentleness

* Freedom From Lust

* Knowing His Purpose

* Integrity

* Extraordinary Marriage

Questions for Couples by Marcus Kusi

Do you find it difficult coming up with thought-provoking conversation starters or topics to discuss with your partner? Do you want to discover insightful questions that can lead to having deeper, exciting, and more meaningful conversations as a couple? Don't have much to talk about except the day-to-day life activities?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone.

We all want to have better, more substantial and engaging conversations every day with our significant other. However, knowing where to start or the right questions to ask can be a challenge when things become routine. That's why we wrote Questions for Couples.

 

What books have you read that helped you in your marriage (if you are married)? Share in the comments! 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! 

the caffeinated bibliophile