Below some resources that we are confident will help to strengthen your marriage and your walk with Christ.
Offers much-needed help to husbands and wives everywhere. Introducing the biblical teaching of unconditional respect, Love and Respect shows readers how to decipher the communication code between male and female.
Great read that will challenge every married couple, whether married for one week or 50 years!
Great for married, single, dating and engaged. Solid, Christ-centered, challenging. You can also find a small group video/workbook curriculum.
What if God designed marriage to make us holy, not happy? Highly recommended and challenging for any couple. This book seems to get better the longer you’ve been married.
Really fun book, focuses on the importance of dating your spouse and making them a priority. Ecclesiastes 9:9 is the key text for this book.
We have all our newly married couples read this one. Great book on learning how to communicate and conflict effectively. Also covers expectations, commitment and much more.
Dense, challenging, and theologically rich. It takes some time to read any chapter in the book because each page and chapter are so full of challenging truths.
Great new book on marriage from Matt Chandler, unpacks what God says about relationships and marriage in the Song of Solomon.
This book by Francis & Lisa Chan is more about the Christian Life and anticipating the ‘forever’ rather than marriage. Provides an excellent perspective on the greater purpose of marriage.
3 different devotionals for couples.
Various authors including Francis Chan and John Piper.
(based on his book by the same name)
Best book we know of for blended/step families. Ron Deal loves Jesus, and we trust everything we read that he writes about when it comes to blended families. Great library of books for couples, moms, and dads.
For blended families, also check out Family Life’s website.
Helps couples strengthen their marriage when the tsunami of children enter their world.
For the new dads out there. This helps the a new dad learn what his wife is going through, what to expect, and how he can best serve his wife and baby.
Desiring God often features blog posts on marriage, intimacy, pornography, dating, and much more relationship-centric. They also have a great topical index.
Fierce Marriage – They’re working on a book right now, so their post frequency is down, but everything they post is worth reading.
Thriving Marriages sends out a daily email with posts on marriage, intimacy, communication and much more. They curate content from other sites and distribute a variety of posts.
Gary Thomas consistently creates excellent content in both books and articles. A long-time favorite of the Watermark married team!
Family Life – Biblically-based help for you at every stage of your marriage and family life.
The Married People Podcast, by Ted Lowe. This is a new podcast and seeks to help make marriage real, fun, and simple.
Fierce Marriage Podcast – Solid content in each new episode, on topics such as money, sex, in-laws, and communication.
The Naked Marriage – by Dave & Ashley Willis. A podcast dedicated to undressing the truth about sex, intimacy and lifelong love. The concerns and questions most couples have in marriage often go unspoken, until now. Hosts Dave and Ashley Willis bring wisdom, vulnerability, and humor to even the toughest marriage topics.
Americans spend an average of 17 minutes of their day reading for leisure or recreation. How different would our marriages look if we used those 17 minutes to fill our hearts and minds with books or articles that helped strengthened our marriages? Blogger, author, and book reviewer Tim Challies takes it one step further and challenges us in his article “Before You Read Another Book on Marriage,”
“Books are wonderful, and I believe strongly in the value of reading. Books on marriage can be wonderful, and I have benefitted from reading many of them. But the best and most helpful books on marriage are the ones being lived out by husbands and wives in your family, in your neighborhood, and especially in your church. Read them longer and more thoroughly than any other.”
We couldn’t agree more. Read some great books. Check out some websites. Use your 17 minutes wisely. But, if you really want to learn more about marriage and how to strengthen your relationship, invite a respected couple over for dinner. Interview someone with a great marriage. Learn from them.