5 Must Read Books for a Healthy Marriage

I don’t know about you, but I know some days I feel like my husband and I are two ships passing in the night. And then, we get to get up and do it all over again the next morning! Each season of life presents it’s own challenges for maintain a strong, healthy marriage. Our current season includes two teenagers and and two aging moms. Having a healthy marriage is one defense to having a strong family!

Of course, having a healthy marriage is important whether you have kids or not. But, when you have a family, and maybe especially tweens & teens, it is important for them to see what a healthy marriage looks like. With our kids at the ages of puberty and thinking about getting into relationships of their own, we need to show them things like how to communicate.  How to say I’m sorry.  How to say no and set boundaries. And, how to show love and respect!

These are five of my favorite marriage and relationship books!  And, for all you Book Lover’s out there, at the bottom of this post is a giveaway for three of these books!  Check out the books, and then sign up for the giveaway! Update: the giveaway is over

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Favorite Healthy Marriage & Relationship Books

1. Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

While the Beatles may have thought all you need is love, Dr. Eggerichs know better.  A strong, healthy marriage needs both love and respect. This book started as a course that proved to be very effective in building strong bonds between husbands and wives. While most wives may need love to keep them connected to their husband, husbands need respect to connect with their wives.  Dr. Eggerichs works through the differences of this conundrum to help us keep our marriages strong and healthy!

2. The Five Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman

One aspect of being a good role model as a parent, is showing our kids that we all make mistakes.  And, when we makes mistakes we need to apologize!  We ask our kids to apologize all the time, but how often do we. They need to see us apologize in our marriage and to them!

Gary Chapman, the author of the Five Love Languages, has now come out with The Five Languages of Apology.  You’ll learn the five languages of apology:

  • Expressing regret
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Making restitution
  • Genuinely repenting
  • Requesting forgiveness”

3.  Boundaries by Henry Cloud

One of the really important lessons we need to teach our kids before they head out on their own is boundaries!  They need to know what their boundaries are and how to maintain them without coming across as unloving or mean.

“If you’ve ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.”


4.  10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage by David and Claudia Arp

A strong marriage makes for a strong family! 10 Great Dates not only gives you 10 great excuses to go on a date with your spouse, but give you great tools for your marriage to keep it healthy and alive!

“Do you remember early on, loving your spouse so much that your heart ached? Did you wonder what in the world could ever dampen your excitement? If you feel those emotions weakening, don’t resign to the notion it’s inevitable. That deep, soul-satisfying connection can (and will!) be yours again with this updated and expanded edition of 10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage, a proven plan to revive the awe and attraction that once kept you inseparable.

Think simple, fun, zero-pressure. This book walks you through tips and conversation prompts that will help you connect clearly and deeply, share openly and in safety, get back to that place of fun sex, process disappointments as a unified team, enjoy each other’s quirks once again, and create balance in today’s crazy-busy culture.”


5. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

This is a book I’ve had our whole 20 years of marriage.  I pull it out every time I feel like we’re out of sync or just not on the same page.  It helps me keep the right perspective and to focus on praying for my spouse for a whole month.  Intentional prayer for my spouse for a whole month! There are also Power of a Praying Mom, Husband and Woman.

Strong Family Giveaway

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  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud $16.99
  • Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs $24.99
  • The 5 Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman $12.99
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