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Avalon's Marriage Book List


*** indicates resources available from the Avalon library, although limited numbers are available


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  • General Marriage

    1. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: written by Gary Thomas: explores how God can reveal Himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse. ***

    2.The Good News About Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn: In The Good News About Marriage, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking, incredibly inspiring truth: The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent; Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t; Most marriages are happy; Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems; Most remarriages succeed.

    3.The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman (secular): the seven principles that guide couples on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward yet profound, these principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground, and achieving greater levels of intimacy

    4 .A Life Long Love by Gary Thomas: Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.

  • Conflict

    1.) Fight Fair by Tim and Joy Downs: When couples fight, tempers flare, tongues loosen, and behavior occurs that can cause major damage to the relationship. Fight Fair! teaches couples how to have healthy disagreements. It is a candid and realistic "rule book" for married couples to ensure that their conflict is God-honoring and respectful of their partner. There is also plenty of immediate application to ensure that future conflicts don't create permanent scars.

    2.) The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu: this book explains the four-step process of forgiveness - Telling the Story, Naming the Hurt, Granting Forgiveness, and Renewing or Releasing the Relationship - as well as offer meditations, exercises, and prayers to guide the listener along the way.

    3.) The Good Fight by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott: The Good Fight helps husbands and wives build a relationship where harmony outweighs tension and peace finds a home.***

    4.) Why Marriages Succeed or Fail by Dr. John Gottman: This breakthrough book guides you through a series of self-tests designed to help you determine what kind of marriage you have, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and what specific actions you can take to help your marriage.

  • Communication

    1.) The Couple Checkup by David H. Olson, Peter J. Larson, and Amy Olson-Sigg: A book and online profile that identifies a couple's strengths to help them build a more vital relationship

    2.) Love Talk by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott: A deep yet simple guide to revolutionizing the romance-building communication every thriving marriage needs.***

    3.) Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman: The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.***

  • Money

    1.) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey: With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you’ll be able to: Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt—meaning cars, houses, everything; Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you); Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!

    2.) 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer: The hidden key to a healthy relationship is not just managing money but understanding how the other approaches money. 

    3.) Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach: In Smart Couples Finish Rich, he provides couples with easy-to-use tools that cover everything from credit-card management to investment advice to long-term care.

    4.) How to be Rich by Andy Stanley (this is about the spiritual side of money): How to Be Rich lays out clear principles for carrying that load, making sure your wealth remains a blessing not just for you, but for your family and community for generations to come.

  • Spirituality

    1.) Encounters with Jesus by Timothy Keller: Timothy Keller explores how people are changed by meeting Jesus personally—and how we can be changed encountering him today.

    2.) Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason: A lyrical meditation on the miracle of married love, searching in depth its spiritual foundations and contemplating the mysterious way in which marriage reveals something of the nature of Heaven.

    3.) Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas: Sacred Pathways reveals nine distinct spiritual temperaments--and their strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies--to help you improve your spiritual life and deepen your personal walk with God.

    4.) The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage by Stormie Omartian: The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage helps husbands or wives pray to protect their relationship from 14 serious problems that can lead to unsatisfying marriages or even divorce. For those who are already struggling in these areas, this book will help them find healing and restoration.

    5.) Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas: Devotions for a Sacred Marriage written by Gary Thomas explores how God can reveal Himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse.