It’s sad how often I hear a man or woman jab his spouse verbally. It’s sadder still how much we undervalue marriage and being on the same page.
There are many books meant to strengthen marriage and communicate better with your spouse. Some of them are okay, and some are great. I’ve read a few, but two books stand out in my mind as must-reads for all spouses.
Do you have any marriage books you recommend? Leave a comment and let us know.
And for those single people out there — I dare you to read these two books and see if it doesn’t drastically improve your understanding of the opposite sex!
Recommended Marriage Books
1. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
One-sentence summary: Men and women are wired very differently, and understanding how will make all the difference!
Guys, I can’t tell you how much this book has helped my marriage. Wife and I got a paperback copy of the book and read it one chapter at a time, alternating possession. With two different colored pens, we underlined and starred phrases that we found interesting or especially true. Then we would re-read each other’s notes.
It will teach you how to respond to your spouse in the way he or she needs — not the way you need!
The short story is this book is a game-changer. Prepare to have your eyes opened about how the opposite sex is wired.
2. The 5 Love Languages
One-sentence summary: If we do not receive the type of love we need, we do not feel loved.
Did you ever realize that not all love is the same? People are “fluent” in a combination of five different languages. They love others and receive love in this best in this language.
Just knowing this is half of the battle. The other half is to make an active effort to love your spouse in his or her language, and be more receptive to love from your spouse in a language other than your own.
For example: I could buy wife gifts all day long, but doing the dishes and tidying the house make her feel loved much more.
So there you go.
Applying the wisdom from these two books has been a huge blessing to my relationship with my wife. And, I highly doubt they won’t benefit your marriage as well.
How strong is your marriage? Name one specific thing you can do to make it stronger.