Christian Marriage Books // Category
(23 Amazing Christian Marriage Books)
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With so many Christian marriage books, which are the best? These 23 top Christian books on marriage were all life-changing for millions of people and we’ve compiled a list to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews) nor are they in any particular order.
1) The Meaning of Marriage
Top Christian Marriage Books // #1
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues.
But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life. This book serves as one of the top Christian books on marriage of all time.
2) This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence
Top Christian Marriage Books // #2
The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is—and has always been—gargantuan. Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church.
He aims to lift the church’s low view of marriage to something infinitely greater, namely, a vision of Jesus’s unswerving allegiance to and affection for his bride. This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike. Now available in paperback with a freshly redesigned cover, Piper’s book on Christian marriage holds even greater appeal.
3) You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity
Top Christian Marriage Books // #3
Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spend our lives.
In his latest book, Francis Chan joins together with his wife Lisa to address the question many couples wonder at the altar: How do I have a great marriage? Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.
Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage. Both out of the groups of Christian books on marriage and/or dating, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for and learn how to thrive in it.
4) When Sinners Say “I Do”
Top Christian Marriage Books // #4
Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say “I Do” is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.
Dave’s writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God s word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say “I do.”
5) What Did You Expect?
Top Christian Marriage Books // #5
Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle. Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. You need changed expectations, you need radical commitments, and, most importantly, you need grace.
In What Did You Expect, Pastor Paul Tripp writes skillfully, connecting the timeless truths of the bible with the messy realities of marriage.
6) Real Marriage
Top Christian Marriage Books // #6
In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, share how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible. They believe friendship is fundamental to marriage but not easy to maintain. So they offer practical advice on how to make your spouse your best friend – and keep it that way. And they know from experience that sex-related issues need to be addressed directly. In this book, you may find the most direct approach out of all Christian books on marriage.
This ranks as one of our top Christian books on marriage because of the five chapters dedicated to answering questions like:
- Should I confess my pre-marital sexual sin to my spouse?
- Is it okay to have a “work spouse”?
- What does the Bible say about masturbation and oral sex?
7) Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Top Christian Marriage Books // #7
A wife has one driving need―to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need―to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.
Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love and Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other. What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect.
8) Boundaries in Marriage
Top Christian Marriage Books // #8
Out of all the Christian books on marriage, this one is unique. Learn when to say yes and when to say no–to your spouse and to others–to make the most of your marriage Only when a husband and wife know and respect each other’s needs, choices, and freedom can they give themselves freely and lovingly to one another. Boundaries are the “property lines” that define and protect husbands and wives as individuals.
Once they are in place, a good marriage can become better, and a less-than-satisfying one can even be saved. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, counselors and authors of the award-winning best-seller Boundaries, show couples how to apply the 10 laws of boundaries that can make a real difference in relationships. They help husbands and wives understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in their marriage―and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy they both long for.
Boundaries in Marriage helps couples:
- Set and maintain personal boundaries and respect those of their spouse
- Establish values that form a godly structure and architecture for their marriage
- Protect their marriage from different kinds of “intruders”
- Work with a spouse who understands and values boundaries―or work with one who doesn’t
9) His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage
Top Christian Marriage Books // #9
On of our favorite Christian books on marriage, in the classic bestseller His Needs, Her Needs, Willard F. Harley, Jr., identifies the ten most vital needs of men and women and shows husbands and wives how to satisfy those needs in their spouses. He provides guidance for becoming irresistible to your spouse and for loving more creatively and sensitively, thereby eliminating the problems that often lead to extramarital affairs.
This revised and expanded edition has been updated throughout and includes new writing that highlights the special significance of intimate emotional needs in marriage.
10) One Man and One Woman
Top Christian Marriage Books // #10
While this book is an odd one out in our list of top Christian books on marriage, we felt it was still important. What does the Bible teach about sexual relationships between people of the same sex? Does true love require that we accept all forms of sexual expression? No, real love does not rejoice in sin, but rejoices in the truth. In the Bible, God reveals that He created gender, sex, and marriage, and we may not alter them at our will. Marriage is between One Man and One Woman.
Through His laws and works in history, God has made it clear that homosexual practices violate His holy purposes for mankind. The New Testament reaffirms God s created order and moral laws. It too warns that homosexual practice, like any other sin that we cherish, is the pathway to God s judgment. However, the Lord Jesus Christ saves sinners by His Spirit and gives them a new identity, forgiveness, life, and power to live according to His commandments. This is the message that all people need to hear: God’s laws have not changed, but God’s grace offers hope to sinners through Jesus Christ.
This books is one of the more theologically-based Christian books on marriage.
11) The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
Top Christian Marriage Books // #11
The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God’s design for love and intimacy.
Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage … even Arguing. The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love. This may well be the most read of all the Christian books on marriage for the millennial generation.
12) Living in a Godly Marriage – Joel Beeke and James Belle
Top Christian Marriage Books // #12
The Puritans believed that godly marriages were foundational for the future life of families, churches, and nations. Therefore, they wrote prolifically on the subject of marriage, seeking to bring biblical reformation to this subject in a comprehensive way.
Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other previous Reformers had begun this task of writing biblical Christian books on marriage, but the Puritans took it much further, writing a number of detailed treatises on how to live as godly spouses. Out of the wealth of material available to us from the seventeenth century, Joel R. Beeke and James A. La Belle have gathered together insights from the past and summarized them in a contemporary form in order to encourage modern day coupled to glorify God by Living in a Godly Marriage.
13) Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure by Alistair Begg
Top Christian Marriage Books // #13
No one marries intending to fail. Each couple that says “I do” hopes for a long and beautiful life together. But as time passes, many drift apart, and some eventually call it quits.
But what about the ones who stay the course, who don’t just bear through marriage but actually love it? What’s their secret?
It’s simple, really: there is no secret. They follow God’s revealed design.
In Lasting Love, Alistair Begg unfolds this design. After laying theological foundations, he builds levels of application, showing how God’s blueprint makes marriages sturdy and vibrant.
Ideal for both those considering marriage and those already married, Lasting Love is a comprehensive book on the essentials of a great and godly union, such as:
- What the Bible says about marriage vows, gender roles, and parenting
- What to look for in a potential spouse
- How to cure and prevent marital decay
14) The 5 Love Languages
Top Christian Marriage Books // #14
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? If you’re looking for a more practical book out of these Christian books on marriage, read this book.
In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.
15) Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be
Top Christian Marriage Books // #15
It is our natural tendency to seek personal happiness and satisfaction in marriage. We often give our own needs, wants, and goals first priority. But what is God’s design for our marriages? While most Christian books on marriage rightly give wisdom regarding the horizontal relationship, with clarity and conviction, Christopher Ash turns us away from marriage for ourselves and toward marriage in the service of God. In Married for God, with practical applications for everyday life, Ash shows us God’s purposes and patterns for every part of the marriage relationship.
By realigning our hopes, expectations, and goals for marriage according to the Bible, we will discover the deep joy and lasting fulfillment that comes from a God-centered marriage.
16) Each For The Other: Marriage As It’s Meant To Be
Top Christian Marriage Books // #16
Building a strong marriage is tough. Yet the Bible, the first of all Christian books on marriage, is packed with principles on nurturing an intimate, rewarding relationship. Marriage as it was created to be means understanding God’s plan for unconditional love.
In Each for the Other, Bryan Chapell and his wife, Kathy, offer an in-depth discussion of biblical truths you can apply to your marriage starting today. Together, they teach you:
- How denying yourself can create the most rewarding relationship ever
- What biblical headship and submission really mean–and why they’re important
- Six key building blocks to help solidify your marriage and family
17) Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible: A Fresh Look at What Scripture Teaches
Top Christian Marriage Books // #17
If the church is going to use the Bible to decide whether divorce is legitimate in certain cases and whether divorced couples have the right to remarry with the approval and blessing of God’s people, then the Bible must be studied without prejudice toward a particular answer.
The author examines the relevant passages in both the Old and New Testaments so that his readers can consider the many issues and interpretations that arise in trying to establish a consistently biblical position. As a result, readers can see more clearly and accept more firmly the truth of Scripture.
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible succeeds at being exactly what the author wanted it to be: “a comprehensive, lucid, accurate study presented in a readable and practical style. . . .” While this book falls more in the category of Christian books on marriage counseling, it is a valuable resource for the pastor, church leader, and others who are struggling to understand and apply scriptural principles to the problems of divorce and remarriage.
18) Preparing for Marriage by John Piper
Top Christian Marriage Books // #18
Getting to know that special someone includes learning about family and friends and schooling and athletics, favorite pastimes, books, movies, life’s best moments and worst, the brightest places in our background and the darkest.
But what about theology? Ever think to ask about that? At www.desiringGod.org, one of their most accessed pages online is a set of questions John Piper put together for couples Preparing for Marriage (chapter 1 in this book).
There is some of the typical stuff — like friends and entertainment and lifestyle and children — but many have found that Piper’s way of putting the question helps get right at some pretty deep stuff. And then there’s the questions about theology, worship and devotion, and the roles of husband and wife — questions that far too many couples don’t think to ask. When preparing for marriage, or even in just beginning to consider it, it is of immense help to have the perspective not only of a seasoned husband of over forty years, but also a seasoned pastor and theologian.
19) Intended for Pleasure
Top Christian Marriage Books // #19
A classic for thirty years, Intended for Pleasure is an easy-to-read reference book that combines biblical teaching on love and marriage with the latest medical information on sex and sexuality. This popular resource gently encourages married couples to make their sexual relationship the fulfilling experience it was meant to be.
This is a complete sex manual, with basic facts, illustrations, and frank discussion of all facets of human sexuality. A perfect gift for newlyweds and a source book for pastors and marriage counselors, this book has helped more than a million people understand and enjoy the gift God intended for pleasure.
20) The Love Dare
Top Christian Marriage Books // #20
Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
The Love Dare, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage.
21) Happily Ever After: Finding Grace in the Messes of Marriage
Top Christian Marriage Books // #21
Harder than you imagined. Better than a fairy tale. Marriage between sinners has its inevitable messes. If you’ve been married longer than a week or two, you know how the hard realities of life in a fallen age can come crashing in. Perhaps you had a season of “once upon a time,” but soon enough you realized that this marriage, in this world, is not yet your “happily ever after.”
We want to help.
We believe that God designed marriage not as a trial to be endured, but as a pointer to and catalyst for your greatest joy. God didn’t design marriage to be your storybook ending, but a fresh beginning, to help get you ready for the true “happily ever after” when together we see our great Bridegroom face to face. The thirty devotional readings in Happily Ever After have been assembled to shape, challenge, and inspire you and your spouse’s (or fiancé’s) vision of marriage.
22) Christian Marriage: From Basic Principles to Transformed Relationships
Top Christian Marriage Books // #22
In an age which has seen an almost total collapse of marriage and when, in many cases, marriages end in divorce with children being raised in ‘broken homes’, Dr. Lloyd-Jones; words speak powerfully into our present situation. It is a situation which may be seen as giving Christians, and especially Christian marriages, a valuable opportunity to bear witness to biblical truth.
The way in which Dr. Lloyd-Jones, like the Apostle Paul, deals with marriage relationship, is extremely important – to attempt to deal with Christian practice apart from Christian doctrine is to tread a dangerous path, a route traveled unfortunately by too many Christian books on marriage. In Christian Marriage and as these chapters on Ephesians make clear, the only Christianity powerful enough to penetrate and change society is that which is derived from the work of the Spirit of God.
23) God, Marriage, and Family
Top Christian Marriage Books // #23
In God, Marriage, and Family, Köstenberger and Jones explore the latest controversies, cultural shifts, and teachings within both the church and society and further apply Scripture’s timeless principles to contemporary issues. This new edition includes an assessment of the family-integrated church movement; discussion of recent debates on corporal punishment, singleness, homosexuality, and divorce and remarriage; new sections on the theology of sex and the parenting of teens; and updated bibliographies.
This Christian book on marriage will prove to be a valuable resource for personal and group study, Christian counseling, and marriage and family courses.
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