The 9 Best Books About Marriage for Christians

Learn How to Love and Last in Marriage

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Entire libraries could be filled with the vast number of Christian books and marriage counseling resources dedicated to the subjects of developing love relationships and improving communication in marriage. If you want to learn how to have a godly, lasting love, these books offer a good starting point, with resources from leading Christian voices on the subject of marriage.

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Sacred Marriage

Christian Marriage Books - Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas
Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas. Image Courtesy of Zondervan

Author Gary Thomas explores the question, "What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?" As a couple, you will learn how to view your marriage as a spiritual discipline for getting to know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. Discover how to enrich your marriage by allowing God to develop Christlike characters, such as forgiveness, love, respect, and perseverance in each of you.

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The Five Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Dr. Chapman
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Dr. Chapman. Image Courtesy of Northfield Press

How can you keep your marriage fresh and alive amid the challenges of everyday life? In The Five Love Languages, Author Gary Chapman studies the five ways in which couples communicate with each other. Understanding these primary love languages will help husbands and wives achieve more successful marriage relationships. The basic principles actually apply to all relationships. Incredibly, The Five Love Languages was first published in 1992 and still ranks in the top 10 best-selling Christian books!

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Every Man's Marriage

Every Man's Marriage by Stephen Arterburn
Every Man's Marriage by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, Mike Yorkey. Image Courtesy of Random House

Authors Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey present every man's guide to learning and fulfilling what every wife desires most. With time-tested biblical wisdom and down-to-earth applications, this book teaches Christian men how to discover their wives' secret desires and win her heart. Also in the series is Every Woman's Marriage.

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Love and Respect for a Lifetime

Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Image Courtesy of Thomas Nelson

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs helps couples have a happier, more fulfilling marriage by learning the different communication styles of men and women. Husbands and wives will learn biblical keys for talking to, thinking about, and treating each other. Real testimonies of transformed marriages are also shared in the book.

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Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage

Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage by Dr. Gary Smalley
Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage by Dr. Gary Smalley. Image Courtesy of Zondervan

A good marriage doesn't just happen. A truly fulfilling marriage takes effort. Author Gary Smalley pinpoints common problems and teaches couples how to work together to understand, appreciate, and honor one another. This book also gives proven techniques for saving a troubled marriage.

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Intended for Pleasure

Intended for Pleasure by Ed and Gaye Wheat
Intended for Pleasure by Ed and Gaye Wheat. Image Courtesy of Revell

Looking for a complete reference book that combines biblical teaching on love and marriage combined with medical information on sex and sexuality? Authors Ed Wheat, M.D. and Gaye Wheat have put together a practical Christian manual for sexual intimacy (complete with illustrations) for cultivating joyful and enjoyable marital relations. This book makes a great gift for newlyweds and an invaluable resource for pastors and marriage counselors.

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The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love

The Act of Marriage by Tim and Beverly LaHaye
The Act of Marriage by Tim and Beverly LaHaye. Image Courtesy of Zondervan

Authors Tim and Beverly LaHaye offer valuable help to Christian couples who want to discover new joy and sexual fulfillment in marriage. The updated and expanded book includes a "sex after sixty" section, as well as five reasons why God created sex. This book is a perfect gift for engaged couples and newlyweds who want to make lovemaking a joy from the start.

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Quiet Times for Couples

Quiet Times for Couples by H. Norman Wright
Quiet Times for Couples by H. Norman Wright. Image Courtesy of Harvest House

Imagine spending a few moments each day drawing closer to your spouse and to God. Author H. Norman Wright presents a daily devotional for couples designed to nurture oneness in Christ through quiet times of meditation and prayer.

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Romantic Lovers

Romantic Lovers: The Intimate Marriage
Romantic Lovers: The Intimate Marriage. Image Courtesy of Harvest House

Authors David and Carole Hocking offer a guide for establishing a more joyful and satisfying relationship with your partner. Biblical principles for physical intimacy in marriage are taught through the study of the Song of Solomon.