The following books have been used in Pre-Marriage education, or recommended to us by married couples. Please let us know if a book not listed here has been valuable for your marriage.
A Sense of Sexuality: Christian Love and Intimacy
Whitehead, Evelyn & James D. Doubleday, 1990.
As psychologists and theologians, the Whiteheads bring a classic sensitivity and authority to an understanding of human sexuality as a gift from God.
Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples
Hendrix, Harville. Owl Books, 2001.
Hendrix created Imago Relationship Therapy, which combines depth psychology, cognitive therapy, and Gestalt therapy to help your love grow into a lasting relationship.
God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage is a new, supplemental marriage preparation program by renowned Catholic author and teacher Christopher West.
Why Marriages Succeed or Fail…And How You Can Make Yours Last
Gottman, John M. Simon & Schuster, 1995.
This guides you through a series of self-tests to help you determine what kind of marriage you have, your strengths and weaknesses, and what actions you can take to help your marriage.
Good News about Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions
Christopher West, Charles J. Chaput
In his work as a diocesan director of marriage and family life, Christopher West has met many adults who ask about human sexuality and marriage. He says, “I have been confronted with widespread confusion about Catholic teaching and decided to respond in this book to the questions and objections I always meet”.
His Needs, Her Needs
Dr Willard D. Harley
His Needs, Her Needs is designed to change the course of a marriage. Using a conversational style, Dr. Harley helps couples understand why their best intentions are not enough to prevent marital incompatibility. Couples must do more than want to meet each other’s needs–they must actually meet them!
Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr.
Love Busters are habits that destroy romantic love. They develop soon after marriage and, before long, destroy intimacy, safety, trust … and romantic love.
The Marriage Book
Nicky and Sila Lee, Alpha International Publications
This book is full of practical advice and is designed to prepare, build and even mend marriages.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Gottman, John M. and Silver, Nan. Three Rivers Press. 2000.
Using rigorous scientific procedures, Gottman has analysed the habits of married couples for over 30 years. From this research he synthesizes seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious marriage.
The Wisdom of the Body: Making Sense of Our Sexuality
Evelyn Eaton Whitehead, James D. Whitehead
An excellent book for a religious/spiritually minded person who is trying to make sense of their own sexual development…I would say you would need at least 25 years of life experience to fully appreciate the wisdom in this book.
Theology of the Body for Beginners
What is the “Theology of the Body”? According to Pope John Paul II, if we live according to the true meaning of our sexuality, we “fulfill the very meaning of [our] being and existence.” The human body is a “theology” because it is meant to be a sign of God’s own life and love in the world. With clarity and precision, Christopher West unpacks John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, translating it into a language everyone can understand.