Reading Resources for Married Couples
For All Couples:
A Lasting Promise: The Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage. By Scott Stanley, etal. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014.
This is the basic textbook that Ron Moore uses when he teaches Marriage Enrichment. It provides a biblical and foundational understanding of marriage and practically addresses all of the issues that every marriage faces.
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God. By Timothy and Kathy Keller. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015.
This is one of the best biblically-based explanations of God’s purpose and vision for marriage. This is a must-read for all Christians.
Love and Respect: The Love She Desires Most, The Respect He Desperately Needs. By Emerson Eggerichs. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc, 2004.
When a wife isn’t feeling loved and a husband isn’t feeling respected, a marriage begins to spiral into destructive patterns for the marriage. Eggerichs address two absolute ingredients of a marriage, love and respect, and what happens in a marriage when those things are not demonstrated. This book shows how we can move back toward healthy patterns of showing love and respect in our marriages.
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. By Gary Chapman. Chicago, IL: Northfield Publishers, 1995.
We have different love languages – ways in which we feel loved. This practical and helpful book guides you to understand the love languages of both you and your spouse. You will soon be speaking your spouse’s love language and he/she will be speaking yours so that you will both be expressing love well and truly feeling loved in return.
For Couples Who are Empty-Nested:
The “second half” is a great opportunity to inject new vitality into our marriages for God’s glory. Both of these books are excellent resources to help evaluate our marriages and set a course for the adventures ahead.
The Second Half of Marriage: Facing the Eight Challenges of the Empty-Nest Years. By David and Claudia Arp. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.
Married and Still Loving It: The Joys and Challenges of the Second Half. By Gary Chapman and Harold Myra. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2016.