In case you didn’t know, I’m an avid reader. And I try really hard to read books in different genres! So while I’ve read over 40 books in 2018, a good portion of those were marriage books. (We could say 2018 was the year I read too many marriage books…)
In no particular order, I give you my favorites:
Praying for (and With) Your Spouse: The Way to Deeper Love by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
Logan and I have been meaning to do a video about this book since we’ve read it together over the summer. Even though we’ve been praying together since before we were married, we still gained a lot of insights from this and it’ll probably be a book we refer to again from time to time. (There was a chapter on praying through difficult times, a chapter on praying through decisions, etc.) This would be especially helpful for couples who haven’t prayed together before or haven’t been consistent about it.
By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride by Alice von Hildebrand
I don’t know why I had not read this before now! It came highly recommended, and now I can’t recommend it enough. Every woman should read this, preferably in the first year or two of marriage! It’s one of those easy reads that is good to pick up every now and then for a refresher.
Forever: A Catholic Devotional for Your Marriage by Jackie Francois Angel and Bobby Angel
Logan and I read this together during Lent because it’s a 6-week devotional. Most days only took 5 minutes, which we usually did at night before bed. It focuses on Theology of the Body and we had some great takeaways….one being inspired to hang a crucifix above our bed. Because, sacrificial love. Highly recommend this one to married couples! (And you don’t need to be Catholic to read it!)
The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order by Scott Hahn
This book really inspired me (even more) to focus on the sacramentality of marriage and the importance of all sacraments as a part of our daily lives. I really had several epiphanies reading this, like God creating the marriage of Adam and Eve as the first relationship on earth because marriage is the foundation of society. Our society is failing because marriage is failing! I could go on and on but you should just read it, even if you’re not married.
The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art and Laraine Bennett
Learning about temperaments has been such a game-changer for our marriage! I’ve read the original temperament book and the one about children and wondered if I needed to read this one too, but I ended up really liking the specific examples given for married couples.
So there you have it! I challenge you to pick one marriage book to read in 2019, because a little does go a long way. 🙂
And in case you’re curious, these are the marriage books I plan on reading in 2019:
- The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage by Dr. David Anders
Amazing Grace for Married Couples: 12 Life-Changing Stories of Renewed Love by Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto, and Patti Armstrong
- Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage: A 33-Day Self-Guided Retreat for Catholic Couples by Dan and Amber Dematte (Logan and I will be reading this one together)
Did you read any marriage books this past year? Which one was your favorite?
4 thoughts on “My favorite marriage books I read in 2018”
I read Praying for and with your spouse (but you knew that!) And Holy Sex (which I would have liked better if it was shorter… probably because it had a lot of preaching to the choir for me.)
I simply have to read Alice von Hildebrand!!! $4 on Abe books… just looked.
I like How to love Your Wife (applicable for wives to read too!) One of Kevin’s professors wrote it. That Psychology of Marriage and the Family class is quoted to me more than any other class in undergrad, no contest. My younger brother, who is getting married in May, has practically memorized it. I gave it to him maybe 2? 3? years ago when it was clear he was serious about his now-fiancee. (They start dating at ages 17&18 and are getting married at 21 & 22. Sound familiar?)
Haha, sounds like us! I’ve been meaning to reread Holy Sex…Logan and I should read that one together. It is pretty long though. And I’ve never heard of the last 2 but they sound intriguing!
These look like they would be really helpful for married couples! I should recommend them to some couples I know!