Whether it’s the best of times or worst of times in your marriage, it is always good medicine to bring insight into the partnership. We suggest investing some of your hard earned money in relationship books for couples. While the best books for couples require contributions of time on your part, the dividends are tremendous. Read these favorite relationship books for couples, discuss the content, and consider working through some of the more tedious issues in your marriage. Be willing to engage your partner with open and honest talk about the state of the marriage, and the path all should follow to insure a just, verdant, and productive path forward.
Presenting some best books on marriage and relationships for couples:
The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted – Gary Chapman
This wonderful title is intended for couples interested in “post-marriage” counseling. Considering everything from the division of household labor to the “socks on the floor,” Chapman’s work is designed to equip couples with the tools needed to build and maintain healthy models of communication. The book encourages couples to envision a vital, sustainable partnership. What will it take to reach the outcomes you desire? What will you need to do to live into the best possible future for you and your partner? The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted helps you dream the big dream.
You Can Be Right or You Can Be Married: Love-Based Solutions for Couples – Brett R. Williams
“You Can Be Right” assumes that all marriage issues and problems have a common solution. The solution? A willingness to enhance and maintain effective communication. Williams’ contribution to the marriage library assumes that couples have a willingness to honestly assess their communication acumen, and practice the skills that Williams suggests. Active listening, “I feel” communication, and role playing are among the approaches that Williams places before his audience.
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry: Workbook for Women – Les Parrott III
Designed for women in partnership, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Workbook for Women uses tremendous surveys and worksheets to help women determine their communication style, hardship hardiness, stress triggers, and the like. Parrott believes that insight is the key to personal growth and relationship happiness. This engaging title also willingly asks the “tough questions” to help women determine if their actions and attitudes stymie joy and the health of the existing partnership. Are you in an abusive partnership? This book will let you know and will equip you with the approaches that insure a healthy exist and an invigorated life.
Restoring Your Broken Marriage: Healing After Adultery – Robert D. Jones
This provocative title helps couples explore and overcome the treacherous abyss of adultery and marital infidelity. Encouraging partners to name the pains in their marriage and work to overcome the anger associated with infidelity, Restoring Your Broken Marriage: Healing After Adultery assumes that estranged partners want to make a “second go” at life and happiness. Of course, this tool is best used in conjunction with substantial marriage counseling.
Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship – Stan Tatkin, Harville Hendrix
Billed as a, “complete insider’s guide to understanding your partner’s brain and enjoying a romantic relationship built on love and trust,” Wired for Love explores topics from neuroscience, attachment theory, and emotion regulation, to offer couples practical steps that foster sensitivity, vibrant communication, and joyful “babble.” Easily accessible to all who are willing to give the title a spin, Wired for Love helps its audience understand what makes the other tick, and what we do to push our partner’s buttons.
Before a Bad Goodbye – Tim Clinton
Marriage counselor Tim Clinton uses his extensive counseling repertoire to help couples explore the three typical outcomes of marriage counseling which include divorce, marriage in name only, and reconciliation. Working with the assumption that “reconciliation is, by far, the most difficult option,” Clinton helps couples determine if they are ready and willing to give the partnership a resounding second chance. Clinton believes that even at the breaking points of partnerships, forgiveness, mutual respect, and selfless love are viable possibilities.
Marriage can be marred by anger, distance, poor communication, and unsavory choices. While it can feel easy to walk away when the bad stuff comes, there is hope for a saved partnership if the couple is willing and able to push through some adversity. Read, friends. Be honest about fears, hopes, and opportunities. Connect with a caring counselor. And, by all means, do not give up on your partnership without attempting to determine the benefit of pushing through the pain and rising toward a renewed future.