When a couple wants to improve their marriage, reading books on marriage is something that can be done inexpensively and quickly.  Part of maintaining a healthy marriage (and saving a failing marriage) is to learn about relationships and how to get along with your spouse.

Marriage is hard work.  There is no way of sugar-coating that fact.  I think that most couples would agree with the idea that in order for a marriage to succeed, both spouses have to be willing to put forth effort.  Reading books on marriage is a great way to learn and put new practices into play in your relationship.

Whether you’re looking to save your marriage from divorce, or just wanting to make a few tweaks, these books will help you on your journey to a happy and healthier relationship.

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Here are 12 top books on marriage, straight from a marriage therapist’s book shelf:

Healing From Infidelity:  Divorce Busting by Michelle Weiner Davis

His Needs-Her Needs by Willard Harley

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.


Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

I Hear You by Michael S. Sorenson

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

201 Relationship Questions by Barrie Davenport



If: Questions for the Game of Love by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell

How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It by Dr. Patricia Love and Dr. Steven Stosny

One More Try: What to Do When Your Marriage Is Falling Apart by Gary Chapman

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away by Gary Chapman


Other Posts on Marriage You Might Enjoy: 

7 Signs of an Unhealthy Marriage… and What to Do About It

How Can We Improve Our Marriage? Interview With a Marriage Therapist

Loving My Husband Through the Eyes of Our Children

Have you read any of these books?  Comment below!

LaVonne Dyste is a Licensed Professional Counselor at The Springs Counseling Group.   She specializes in working with couples and families, hoarding and patients with OCD.