Whether you’re engaged or have been married for years, today I’m sharing 3 Beneficial Marriage Books with you.
When Tyler and I were engaged we lived about 12 hours apart for our entire engagement. I was in Georgia, he was in Virginia and our pastor who was marrying us (my uncle) was in Missouri. We didn’t go the traditional marriage counseling route but I wanted to make sure that we talked about all of the big topics before we tied the knot.
We found some great books that we went through. We would get on Skype each night and discuss the questions from the day or week. It made us answer a lot of questions we probably wouldn’t have thought of without the books. I love that these books while great for the engagement period are also beneficial for you and your husband once you’re married.
1. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry by Drs Les and Leslie Parrott- We really enjoyed this book. There is a workbook that you can also buy and I loved that because I like having very direct questions to answer. The workbooks were also separate, one for men and one for women which was nice to have it kind of individualized but we still had questions to discuss together.
2. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman- This is a great book to read when you first get engaged, or even before you’re engaged. It helps bring up questions and things to talk about. And it’s also funny and a really enjoyable read.
3. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman- I’m kind of a dork and I love taking personality tests, assessing my personality and seeing how accurate the tests results are. I loved taking the 5 Love Languages test as it resulted to marriage and I was surprised to see my one of my love languages is different in regards to Tyler and my’s relationship. I highly recommend doing this book even if you’ve done the regular one.
I love reading marriage books, so I am sure I will be adding to this list in the future. I would love to hear your recommendations for some good marriage books that you’ve read?