I wish I had known that being in love is not an adequate foundation
for building a successful marriage.

– Gary Chapman

There is a lot that can be learned from reading what the experts say about relationships. This week, we want to share some of our favorite books with you.

Some of our couples read a chapter at a time together and discuss their thoughts. It’s a great way to get relationship conversations started. Enjoy!

cover Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got MarriedThings I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married
Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, shares his wisdom about creating and sustaining a loving, supportive, forever marriage. He describes the conversations we “should” have with our partners, but often overlook, when we are in the honeymoon stage of love.

cover Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic RelationshipsLove Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships
Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight, describes the latest research that explains how and why we love as we do. She explores the science of physical and emotional love and what happens to the feeling of “love” over time.

cover The Seven Principles for Making Marriage WorkThe Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert
Dr. John Gottman is truly the “Master” in the field of marriage therapy. His 40+ years of research on couples has taught us the specific factors that will make marriages last a lifetime. Based upon his research, he can correctly predict 92% of the time, which couples will stay together and which will divorce. His book is a must read.

cover I Love You But I Don't Trust YouI Love You But I Don’t Trust You: The Complete Guide to Restoring Trust in Your Relationship
Mira Kirshenbaum explores the stages of rebuilding trust in relationships when it has been broken. She gives practical advice to help couples find their way back to each other and restore trust and connection after betrayal.

cover Getting the Sex You WantGetting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together
Dr. Tammy Nelson is one of our favorite experts on sex. We were fortunate to be up close and personal with her at a conference last year. She writes about building sexual communication skills with your partner and gives practical advice to create or revive passion in the bedroom.

cover Debt-Proof Your MarriageDebt-Proof Your Marriage: How to Manage Your Money Together 
Mary Hunt writes about the #1 issue couples have conflict about: money. Her practical advice is a guide for couples who want to create a team approach to creating financial harmony. An interactive workbook is also available.

Do you have any books or resources that you would recommend? Please share them with us. We would love to pass them on. Leave a comment below or email us at

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