Being happily married requires a great deal of effort. In order for you to have a smooth ride in your relationship you need to make sure that you are getting a marriage tune up every once in a while. Studying marriage and relationship books is an inexpensive way to learn marital skills that will help you through the rough times. Here is a list of my favorite marriage help books. If there is a book that has helped you in your marriage that I have not mentioned, please share the title in the comments.
Gospel Perspectives in Marital Intimacy
by Stephen Lamb and Douglas Brinley
This book is a Christian take on marital relations. Sexual intimacy is beautiful and sacred. Learning about intimacy is important and Between Husband & Wife is a safe place to go to develop a healthy education in regard to sexual intimacy in marriage. This book will guide you on the path to a better sex life.
The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex
by John Gray
Understanding that men and women are different will help you avoid many pitfalls in marriage. When you can accept the fact that men think and act differently than women, you can stop trying to fix your companion. Understanding and working with the differences associated with gender will save you some heartache and give you a greater insight into the thinking of your spouse.
The Secret to Love That Lasts
by Gary Chapman
If you do not feel loved by your spouse, yet he or she affirms their love to you, this is the book for you. The 5 Love Languages teaches that there are five ways to express and feel love: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. While you may feel loved through physical touch, your companion may express love through acts of service. This book will help you recognize the language of your companion.
A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver
In The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman explains how he can predict, with overwhelming accuracy, whether a couple will get divorced or not. He does this by observing how the couple interacts with each other. Those couples that respect each other and avoid specific negative behaviors are the ones that will succeed. I highly recommend this book in order to ensure you learn and avoid the behaviors that will destroy your marriage.
Unlocking the Secrets to Life, Love and Marriage
by Mark Gungor
Mark Gungor has a fun and memorable way to teach you the differences between how men and women think. You will understand much more about men when you learn about our "nothing box." In Five ways to enhance intimacy in marriage, we learn about the principles he teaches to improve our love life.
These are only five of many of the books that exist to strengthen our relationships. I encourage you to continuously seek for ways to improve the quality of your marriage by studying the experiences and research of others. Share your favorite relationship books in the comments.