Marriage has its ups and downs, and there's always room for improvement. Whether you feel your relationship is on the rocks or smooth sailing, these recommendations might make you think about your marriage in a different way.
by Lynn G. Robbins
We all know that actions speak louder than words. We may say “I love you,” but do our actions back up that claim? Elder Lynn G. Robbins teaches us that love is more than a feeling—it is a commitment, a promise to be responsible, respectful, and responsive to the needs and experiences of other. And like any other action we undertake, perfecting the act of love requires a lifetime of practice and good choices.
As Elder Robbins teaches, the daily choices we make in our marriages and families are what shape lasting love. He helps us to recognize the role that our agency plays in developing forgiveness, patience, kindness, responsibility, and other virtuous traits. We come to see that as we actively try to do things differently, Christ helps us to be the people He wants us to be—people like Him.
by Joy Lundberg, Gary Lundberg
Nearly every couple has some degree of difficulty in their marriage—even LDS couples. Most are resigned to it, but Gary and Joy Lundberg believe there is a solution. Drawing on their expertise as a marriage counselor and as marriage workshop leaders, Gary and Joy Lundberg assert this doesn’t have to be so. In Love That Lasts, they reveal the 14 secrets every spouse should know to keep marriage joyful, passionate, and fulfilling. These secrets cover everything from finances and parenting to communication and intimacy, from being each other’s best friend to preserving a sense of humor, and the surprising power of courtesy. The Lundbergs address the differing needs of men and women and offer sensitive, realistic, and easy-to-understand solutions to healing the hurt, enhancing communication, and achieving emotional satisfaction.
Brimming with fresh ideas and advice that works, this book is filled with stories of couples who have changed their marriages for the better. Love That Lasts also includes practical exercises, quizzes, tips, techniques, and topics for discussion that will help you understand and make the most of your relationship.
by Brent A. Barlow
Dr. Brent A. Barlow discusses differences between men and women and the fact that it’s okay to have differences in marriage—in fact, he says, it’s healthy. But he stresses that it’s how we tolerate our differences that has to be monitored. Recorded with a studio audience, this tape presents an enlightening discussion with audience members on the differences they have experienced. Then Dr. Barlow talks about the Ten Cs of Marriage that help couples deal with those differences: commitment, caring, communication, co-exist, capitulate, compromise, collaborate, confrontation, counseling, and Christ. He expounds upon each of these using scriptures and examples from his counseling sessions and classes.
by Laura M. Brotherson
Finally! A book about physical intimacy and marital ONEness that is comprehensive, in-depth and frank, yet respectfully reverent while shining a light into the mysteries of the female heart and mind. And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment is the ultimate how-to handbook—power-packed with hope and help for creating a mutually fulfilling intimate relationship.
by Bruce C. Hafen
Filled with practical insights and richly illustrated with true stories, Covenant Hearts shows that by living the Christlike life of the Good Shepherd (who will not flee when the wolf comes), husbands and wives will find—and give to each other—the abundant life of authentic joy.
Other books may offer marital counseling tips, but no other book delves as deeply into the big picture of why marriage is so central to both personal growth and the health of society.
Author Bruce C. Hafen, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explains that we are witnessing the biggest cultural shift of attitudes about family life in five centuries. This remarkable collapse of marriage is inflicting toxic damage on children, parents, and society. And “when a confused culture confuses us about what marriage means,” writes Elder Hafen, “we may give up on ourselves and each other much too soon.” Yet an eternal perspective “can help us transcend the modern chaos, until our marriage becomes the most satisfying and sanctifying—and the most demanding—experience of our lives.”
by Sandra Covey, Stephen R. Covey
There are certain fundamental principles that govern in all human interactions and living in harmony with those principles or natural laws is absolutely essential for quality family life. Dr. Stephen R. Covey watched over the past 50 years how the situation for marriage and family has changed powerfully and dramatically.
The desire to create a strong marriage and family is not enough. We need a new mind-set, a new skill-set and a new tool-set to deal with the change. The challenge has taken a quantum leap, and if we are to respond effectively, so must we. The 7 Habits framework represents just such a mind-set and skill-set. Many couples and families are using the principles in the 7 Habits framework to grow stronger and stay on track.
by Wendy Watson Nelson
For 30 years as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Wendy Watson Nelson worked with people who struggle with relationship problems—spouses who feel misunderstood and neglected, parents and children who find themselves at odds with each other, in-laws who clash, siblings who quarrel, neighbors who disagree, and associates in Church callings and in the workplace who don't work well together.
Rocky relationships can become rock-solid if those relationships have as their foundation The Rock, Jesus Christ, and His teachings on love, kindness, and mercy. With this sure foundation, Rock-solid relationships bring an abundance of love and peace and joy to all involved.
Rock Solid Relationships will change the way you look at others and yourself. It invites you to “experiment on the word” by practicing scripturally based, practical, and doable things that will enhance or improve the way you interact with the people who matter most in your life.
by Merrilee Browne Boyack
With her lighthearted personality and humor, author Merrilee Boyack shares 25 years’ worth of marital perspective in this practical guide to improve any marriage. As an estate-planning attorney Merrilee has dealt with many struggling couples going through divorce. She offers practical tips for women who want to better understand men (particularly their husbands) and build happier marriages. She invites women to dump the guilt, to be open enough to learn about areas they'd like to improve, and then take the steps to make those changes.
by John Bytheway
“Marriage isn’t any big thing—it’s a lot of little things,” the old saying goes. What little things could have the biggest impact for you and your spouse? Rather than a deep theological study of marriage, this presentation focuses on five things you can do today to make a big difference in your most important relationship. Try a few of these simple, actionable steps, and you’ll notice a difference almost immediately! Using the scriptures, stories, and quotations from Church leaders, 5 Things is a fun “marriage retreat” experience. Free with Bookshelf PLUS!
by Merrilee Browne Boyack
After 25 years of marriage, Merrilee Boyack shares her marriage secrets in this talk on CD recorded in front of a live audience. Merrilee offers practical tips for women who want to better understand men (particularly their husbands) and build happier marriages. She helps women understand how men think and teaches practical communication skills and tools to help strengthen any marriage. Free with Bookshelf PLUS!
by Elia Gourgouris
Why are some marriages happier than others? Dr. Elia Gourgouris tells us why. He's inspired thousands of LDS couples to find greater happiness and fulfillment in their marriages by understanding what he calls the Four Cornerstones to a Multi-Platinum Marriage: Communication, Forgiveness, Intimacy (physical, emotional, spiritual), and Finances. Learn what makes your spouse feel the most loved—and learn about “red flags” and how to avoid them. Dr. Gourgouris’s insightful counsel, humorous stories, and practical examples are certain to strengthen any marriage and create positive and fulfilling relationships. Free with Bookshelf PLUS!
by Ben Carraway, Al Fox Carraway
Author of the bestseller More than the Tattooed Mormon, Al Carraway and her husband, Ben, remind you that marriage isn't supposed to be "serious and hard." A successful marriage is one that you build as a team—emphasizing constant communication, working through hard times together, and (above all) remembering to put God first.
Written for singles, newlyweds, and marriage veterans, Cheers to Eternity will help you bring new insights into your relationships, keep life in perspective, and make the rest of your life here and in eternity exciting, amazing and meaningful.