5 Books to Read Before You Get MarriedMay 22, 2017 by The Marquardt Ranch
Your wedding’s coming up, and you’re preparing for a whole new life with your future spouse. This may be new waters for both of you, or you might be remarrying. Regardless, you undoubtedly want to be prepared to handle both the smooth sailing and the rocky waters of your future together. Marriage is not easy, but their are certain things you can prepare for that will make it easier. That’s why we found these five books we think every couple should read before they get married. By being as prepared as possible, these will hopefully set both of you up for a lifetime commitment with most seasons of your marriage being pure wedded bliss!
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Although we’ve featured Gary Chapman’s love languages on the blog before, the book they’re drawn from definitely deserved a mention on this list as well. By splitting the ways people feel most loved into five different categories, or ‘languages’, this book can help couples figure out how they can best show their significant other just how much they mean to them.
Negotiating the Nonnegotiable by Daniel Shapiro
This book acknowledges the emotional roots of many conflicts, and gives guidance for maneuvering through the rocky waters of difficult subjects. Daniel Shapiro, the founder of the Harvard International Negotiation program, offers steps to help anyone negotiate difficult topics, but this book is especially relevant for couples.
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
Wedding planning can be stressful, but unfortunately, it doesn’t compare to some of the stresses couples will face after the wedding bells sound. While the previous book on this list helps with reaching emotional balance in discussions, this one focuses more on rational thinking, giving you ways to clear your mind so you can make well thought-out choices, both while planning your wedding and in your future life with your spouse.
The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
Author Janice Kaplan chronicles her journey into more fulfilled living by working on being consciously grateful for things every day. This book is a great read for couples who want to make sure their lives together are full of positivity. After all, we could all use a little more thankfulness in our lives!
Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love by Dietrich von Hildebrand
The last book on the list is a dense read, but a short one. Written in 1929 and translated into English in 1942, this theological treatise offers an insightful and discussion-sparking perspective into married love.
Happy reading! We wish you all the best in your new life together!