I am sharing this (short) reading list for Christian marriage because these books are worth mentioning. However, some things simply must be learned through experience and I feel that a joyful, strong marriage is one of those things.
The most important things a marriage needs to last “forever” is Jesus and commitment. Always, forever, and no matter what. I believe that a talk with a wise Christian or two – whose desire is to build up your marriage in the Lord and point you both back to Jesus (and not take sides or point fingers) – when your marriage is struggling can be beneficial, especially if the husband & wife do it together.
A book written by Christians can work in the same way. Learning that others understand and that maybe you/your spouse/your marriage isn’t so weird, after all, is comforting.
No doubt, the Bible has been my (our) greatest help in our marriage’s darkest times. Besides the Bible, there have been a couple of books that have encouraged me or challenged me to be a better wife, so I do know that books can be helpful.
Christian Marriage Resources
Let Me Be a WomanPreparing To Be a Help MeetCreated To Be His Help MeetCreated to Need a Help Meet: A Marriage Guide For MenThe Mark of a Man: Following Christ’s Example of MasculinityQuest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity
When reading marriage books (or any “self-help” books), please weigh them against the one true Word of God before applying their suggestions to your marriage or life; the Bible is the only truth and others’ opinions and experiences cannot be held higher than God’s Word! Also, put your husband’s thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and wishes before any and every book you read (besides the Bible).
I could write so much about marriage, waiting on the Lord, and striving to do what God calls YOU to do as a WIFE ~ always, forever, and no matter what. But, I would rather just point you toward God’s perfect Word and tell you to never, ever give up on your marriage or your husband.