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Recommended Books on Marriage

Warning: You will need more than a book to equip your marriage for a lifetime. It is important to have content that provides the right ingredients, questions you can work through on a date night, and the counsel you need to help give you guidance in areas you may have blind spots. Get plugged into our Anchored Together ministry and you will learn the principles, get the date night questions for homework, and have access to the counsel you may need from one of our leaders or pastors.

THE MARRIAGE BUILDER: Creating True Oneness to Transform Your Marriage

by Dr. Larry Crabb | Amazon

Bestselling author Larry Crabb cuts to the heart of the biblical view of marriage: the "one-flesh" relationship. He argues convincingly that the deepest needs of human personality—security and significance—ultimately cannot be satisfied by a marriage partner. We need to turn to the Lord, rather than our spouse, to satisfy our needs. This frees both partners for "soul oneness," a commitment to minister to our spouse's needs rather than manipulating them to meet our own needs. With "soul oneness" comes renewed "body oneness," where couples enjoy sexual pleasure as an expression and outgrowth of a personal relationship.

The Marriage Builder also identifies three building blocks essential to constructing marriage: the grace of God, true marriage commitment, and acceptance of one's mate. Discussion questions are included to aid couples who want to dig into it and apply the principles to their own lives and marriages. The Marriage Builder is for anyone who longs to transform marriage from trial to triumph.