8 Must-Read Books for Engaged and Newlywed Couples

We all know that marriage is a big step. And while some of these books are geared specifically to the engaged or newly married, they are all great resources to help anyone prepare and start their marriage off on the right foot.

Love Is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger

Whether you're engaged to be married, a newlywed, or someone with decades of marriage under your belt, this counsel from an inspired leader will help you develop more Christlike love for those around you. As you draw closer to the Savior through your daily choices and actions, His love will fill your home.

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Cheers to Eternity

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.

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And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage Through Sexual Fulfillment

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.

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Love That Lasts: Fourteen Secrets to a More Joyful, Passionate, and Fulfilling Marriage

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.

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Covenant Hearts: Why Marriage Matters and How to Make It Last

We may begin by marrying mostly for comfort, but uncomfortable opposition always follows. Covenant Hearts teaches ways to learn from working through our natural problems rather than fleeing from them. Then our marriage will bring us joy—a much higher form of comfort. At that level, marriage mysteriously empowers personal growth and fullness, now and forever.

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What We Wish We'd Known When We Were Newlyweds

The reception is over, the decorations are put away and the third tier of the wedding cake is in the freezer. You've planned the wedding; now it's time to plan the marriage! What will life be like between now and your first anniversary? John and Kim Bytheway (who still consider themselves newlyweds) explore some of the wonderful adjustments of that first year. They talk about things like expectations, communication, appreciation, commitment and finances, and they also offer fun suggestions for keeping romance alive on a tight budget—all the things they wish they'd known.

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Becoming One: Intimacy in Marriage

Beyond the excitement of building a life together lies the reality that the quality of a marriage relationship is built upon physical and emotional intimacy. Too many couples begin in ignorance, not understanding their own needs or those of the person they love. Countless studies have shown that this can lead to problems and conflicts over the sexual aspects of marriage that may contribute to unhappiness and even divorce. How much better to establish a basis for open communication, unselfishness, and love by learning the facts about the differing sexual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of men and women. Written from an LDS perspective, Becoming One offers frank, easy-to-understand information that can keep married couples on the path to a happy, fulfilling relationship--one that will serve them well throughout all the stages of their married lives.

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Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments: A Classic Message on the Power of Personal Purity

In this important talk, originally given while he was president of BYU, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland turns his remarkable spiritual and literary talents to the subject of human intimacy. Rather than simply listing the dos and don'ts of personal purity, Elder Holland reviews the doctrinal seriousness of this topic and examines “why we should be clean, and why moral discipline is such a significant matter in God's eyes.” Relying on scripture and statements from the prophets and using thought-provoking insights from poets and philosophers, he explains clearly, and without reserve, why Latter-day Saints cannot adopt the world's views about intimacy.

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