My Top 10 Marriage Books & WLWW Link-Up Party

I have received multiple emails and comments asking for this list!Here is my Top 10 Marriage Books that I’ve read and recommend.

1.  The Bible!!!!!!

2.  Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerich – my husband and I LOVE this book.  We have led 8 other couples through this book and have given out over a dozen of these books to friends.  We love it!  There’s a discussion guide if you need one. 

3.  Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow & Lorraine Pintus – I made a video about this book and if you struggle with issues in the bedroom I can’t recommend it highly enough!

4. Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow – 3 summers ago my Good Morning Girls group chose this book to read through together as a summer book club.  It was a refreshing book to read and discuss.

5.  For Women Only by Shauni Feldhahn – I went through this book and workbook (I LOVED this workbook!) with my Bible study group of about 20 women!  It’s a fascinating look at the way God created men and how our husbands really think.

6.  The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian – many moons ago (before babies!) I led this study in the summertime with a group fo 20 girlfriends.  Then I led it again with a group of 20 other women about 4 years ago.  You can never master the habit of praying for your husband!  This book and study guide is a GREAT tool!

7.  Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick – My husband and I went through this book this summer and took each chapter dare (we didn’t quite finish it :( )!  If you have a husband willing to read a marriage book with you, this is the first one I’d hand him!!!

Before I complete my list – I just want to note that the top 7 marriage books on my list, I have read and discussed with friends in real life or I have done one on one with my husband.   I can’t speak highly enough of how good it is to have real life friends who spur you on in your marriage.  I want to encourage you to pick a book, open your home and take a step out on a limb and help other women with their marriages!  If you aren’t at this place – invite your husband to read one together – just the two of you…it will do wonders for your marriage!  I consider myself a lifetime student – forever learning and growing as each season of life brings new experiences and challenges into our marriage.

8.  Finding the Hero in Your Husband by Dr. Julianna Slattery – I have heard Dr. Juli Slattery speak in person multiple times and every single time I come away encouraged and inspired.   She is the co-host of Focus on the Family and you can find a ton content there to help you in your marriage. 

9.  Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas – When I started blogging on marriage, so many women told me I MUST get this book that I went to Amazon right away and got my hands on it. Now I see why it was so highly recommended to me – it’s a great book!

10.  Let Me Be a Woman by Elizabeth Elliot – All of Elizabeth Elliot’s writings have been a shaping influence on my thinking since I was 17 years old.  I have read most of her books and want to be just like her when I grow up – except I don’t want my husband killed by the Auca Indians…but the character and spirit of this woman I admire deeply.

 Friday I will share one more book that is not on this list…it’s powerful and for someone on the brink of a divorce.

 This is part 8 in a series of 10!

Be sure to visit these brilliant women during our 10 days adventure between November 7th-18th! I love these ladies and we know you will too.

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10 days of Crockpot Meals | The Happy Housewife
10 Days to a Godly Marriage | Women Living Well
10 Days of Growing Leaders | Mom’s Mustard Seeds
10 Days of Homeschooling High School | Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
10 days of I Wish I Had Known | Fruit in Season
10 days of Keeping Your Marbles | The Tie That Binds Us
10 days of Kid-friendly Food | Planner Perfect
10 Days of Language Arts Lesson Planning | Jimmie’s Collage
10 Days of Learning Apps | Daze of Adventure
10 Days of a Mason Jar Christmas | Cajun Joie de Vivre
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10 Days to a Peaceful Home | Raising Arrows
10 Days of Raising a Life-Long-Learner | Bright Ideas Press
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10 days of Teaching Values | Our Journey Westward
10 days of Winning your Child’s Heart | I Take Joy

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Join the discussion: What’s your favorite marriage book?

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  1. says

    Hi Courtney, it’s good to be back here, reading and linking up. Ever since I became a born-again Christian, I only have one guidebook for my marriage (and for almost everything else in my life) and that is the Bible. But I will be checking out some of the books that you’ve listed here.

    Have a blessed (rest of the) week,

  2. says

    Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl is the book that completely changed my marriage! I highly recommend it to anyone struggling in marriage.

  3. Kim says

    These sound so great, Also one of the best books I have come across is The Excellent Wife By Martha Peace, Courtney you should read this, I believe it is right up your alley. Thanks for listening, Kim

  4. says

    One of the ladies mentioned Martha Peace’s book, The Excellent Wife, and I wanted to add it is such an awesome book not just for marriage but living the Christian life.

    • says

      Yes – I have read it and it was on my original list of top 10 but when I made the post I realized I left off the Bible – so I added the Bible and Excellent Wife dropped off as number 11 – it is EXCELLENT! :)!

  5. says

    The Power of a Praying Wife changed our marriage!! It is one that EVERY wife should read (in my opinion :c)) I read it 6 months after we were married, right about the time when I was ready to give up, because we were just ‘too different’ and our marriage has thrived ever since. Essential teaching and awesome spiritual growth await you in this book.

    This past year I picked up Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl and it too has impacted our marriage in a positive way. It’s a tough read and she’s a bit ‘in your face’ when dealing with issues, but the concepts she teaches are at the root: Eve was created to be Adam’s HELPER!

    Other fun books to help to read: Intimate Issues (thanks to Courtney, I have that in my home library) and Sheet Music!

  6. says

    i love following your blog. I have been enjoying the thoughts on marriages. Thanks you for the suggestion on books. No matter what we all need to work on our marriages. I have been married for 44 years to a wonderful man and we both work to make our marriage strong. You are doing a great work on your blog.
    Blessing to you!

  7. says

    There’s a new book out for married moms who struggle with parenting alone, for whatever reason. It really discusses the marriage relationship from a godly viewpoint. Because so many women are in this boat, I highly recommend it.

    It’s not in the top 10, but it should certainly be in the top 20, and it’s vital for women who are considering divorce due to their husband’s lack of involvement.

    Here’s a link to my review:


    Annie Kate

  8. Sarah says

    Courtney, I just discovered your blog and this is exactly what I have been praying for! One of my favorite books on marriage is Tim Keller’s “The Meaning of Marriage.”


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