Marriage is the ultimate consecration of love, but its challenges are abundant and have shown no sign of getting any less complicated.
Our 10 Best Marriage Books of 2015 might just be what gets you through your marital woes — whether you’re worried about weddings or lasting love.
Take a look.
“Daring Greatly” is another great pick that supports vulnerability in creating lasting relationships. Brene Brown is a researcher who has spent her life looking at meaningful partnerships. In this book, she reveals how to be courageous in relationships and how it makes love last.
Social Clout: 224K Twitter Followers
Twitter Handle: @BreneBrown
The Five Love Languages
When it comes to love, Dr. Gary Chapman knows his stuff. His series of “The Five Love Languages” provides a glimpse into the different facets of love. The original, one of his bestsellers, is all about continuing to express your love for your partner long after the honeymoon ends. He also hosts marriage conferences, for those looking to get a little more hands-on in their approach to love.
Social Clout: 42.9K+ Twitter Followers
Twitter Handle: @DrGaryChapman
This New York Times bestseller is fit for the couple who needs direction. This love guide is about honing in on day-to-day approaches to love, like letting negativity go. Couples can take this book to heart by applying the exercises and support suggested by Dr. Hendrix. His wife and he have been married for more than 30 years, so he has had his fair share of figuring out the love that lasts.
Twitter Handle: @HarvilleHendrix
The secret to love? Strategy. Dr. John Gottman outlines a systematic way to approach love and relationships so they last a lifetime. “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” is a compilation of Gottman’s work, including many scientific studies he conducted on married couples.
Social Clout: 15.3K Twitter Followers
Twitter Handle: @GottmanInst
Keep It Shut
Are you always speaking before you think, spilling feelings you never really meant to release? Then “Keep It Shut” is for you. This book explores how to express your words in a way and at a time that is constructive — and when silence might just be the better option.
Social Clout: 8,000+ Twitter Followers
Twitter Handle: @karen_ehman
The Way We Never Were
“The Way We Never Were” gets real about perceptions of marriage. Stephanie Coontz challenges the idea of a “traditional” home and how those gender roles and expectations throw off what modern couples expect today. This book is about learning what exactly a marriage means and how to ditch those rose-colored glasses.
Social Clout: 2,000+ Twitter Followers
Twitter Handle: @StephanieCoontz
You and Me Forever
Husband and wife Francis and Lisa Chan try to find out just what makes a marriage last in life and in their book “You and Me Forever.” It walks through the importance of relationship stages and shows couples how to strive for a healthy, balanced rapport.
Social Clout: 2,000+ Twitter Followers
Twitter Handle: @youandmeforever
“Scary Close” is about knocking down outward barriers and being candidly yourself. The New York Times bestseller details fear of vulnerability and the strengthened relationships that come after. This is perfect for partners who are scared to open up or those who just need a little nudge to deepen the conversation.
“Real Marriage,” written by Pastor Mark Driscoll, takes a look at marriage through a religious lens. This book details struggles Driscoll and his wife have faced in marriage and how they used religion to overcome them. He also focuses on marriage based in friendship — and how to maintain that bond.
Twitter Handle: @PastorMark
A Natural History of Love
Diane Ackerman is all about the natural life, often using nature and the environment as the basis in her work. “A Natural History of Love” looks at love in an earthly way, honing in on human instinct of love. This New York Times bestseller covers everything about the reality of love, from aphrodisiacs to adultery.
Twitter Handle: @DianeSAckerman
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