Best Marriage Books You Need to ReadIt’s hard to believe, but we recently celebrated the 8-year anniversary of Engaged Marriage!

Over this time, we’ve been blessed to interact with tens of thousands of couples across the world who share our belief that the best way to enjoy the marriage of your dreams is to get engaged and make it happen.

After publishing over 500 posts, getting to know most of the top voices in marriage and self improvement, and reviewing dozens of wonderful books, we’ve pretty much seen it all on the marriage enrichment front.

Today, we want to give YOU a gift in celebration of our anniversary and the incredible community we share here.

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The Best Marriage Books You Need to Read

Here are the best books you should read to enrich your marriage and your life based on our own experience and feedback from the Engaged Marriage community.

In no particular order, here’s the list:

1. Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman

2. Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver

3. 15 Minute Marriage Makeover by Dustin Riechmann

4. Stripped Down by Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo

5. The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Gregoire

6. Marriage Rebranded by Tyler Ward

7. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

8. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

9. Pursuit of Passion by Jeffrey Murphy & Julie Sibert

10. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

11. Hot, Holy & Humorous: Sex in Marriage by God’s Design by J. Parker

12. The Bible by God

13. The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick

14. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Dr. Gary Chapman

15. Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

16. Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix

17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

18. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

19. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

20. Boundaries In Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Best Marriage Books

What book would you add to this list?  Tell us your favorite marriage book in the comments below.


About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  2. Any Top 20 list would be incomplete without John Gottman’s seminal work “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.”

  3. Fighting for Your Marriage
    by Drs. Howard Markman, Scott Stanley and Susan Blumberg

  4. Dustin,
    I’m going to buy your book because I know by what you’re sharing that it is filled with nuggets of “Gold Wisdom” that will strengthen my marriage.
    Thanks for the gift of books that will make a difference in our marriage as well!

    Here’s another book that is counter cultural bringing awareness to what our fighting can produce if we don’t avoid or stuff those fights and learning how to fight with a purpose!

    I am finishing out a YOT, “Year of Transformation” with the Wright Institute in Chicago and the couple that are the founders of the institute came out with another great book called “The Heart of The Fight” regarding 15 common fights and how they can help your marriage by being aware of them. It is by Bob & Judith Wright who have also done an extensive amount of work with couples for the past 35 years.
    Another great resource like yours and a wonderful place to find healing within the context of becoming their best selves!
    God bless you and your family Dustin,
    Brian Benakos

  5. The Road Less Traveled
    By M. Scott Peck

    Simply the best for understanding true love (actions not feelings) and raising your children… Children only understand ONE THING as love… TIME!

  6. I would add “This Momentary Marriage,” “Wild at Heart,” “Captivating,” and perhaps “The Love Dare” to the list, just off the top of my head.

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  8. I would add Sheila Gregoire's "The great sex rescue". If you read that, I'm pretty sure you'd delete "Love and respect" from this list.

  9. Appalled at the harmful books (Love Dare, Love and Respect) that are included here. Also, there is neither biblical nor scientific backing for the Love Languages. Please look into the harm resources have caused before recommending them.

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