In Resources you will find books covering a wide range of topics, including both personal growth, spiritual development, and the dynamics of a meaningful marriage. 

Also provided is a listing of other websites related to marriage counseling, life coaching, and

personal/spiritual development.

For more information including reading resources, connections to life coaches and professional counselors, or to contact our Marriage Ministry deacons, return to the Meaningful Marriages homepage

Reading resources

A Lasting Promise by Scott M. Stanley and Daniel Trathen

These authors offer solutions to common problems in marriage—facing conflicts, problem solving, improving communication, and dealing with core issues.

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

This is a book about Christian spirituality where the author explores how following the central spiritual practices can lead to a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God.

Divorce and Remarriage by Rubel Shelly

This long-time minister, educator, and author draws from his extensive knowledge of scripture and his many years in congregational ministry to explore from a very practical and grace-filled perspective the various dimensions and implications of the covenant aspect of marriage.

Emotional Infidelity by M. Gary Neuman

This author is a marriage counselor and ordained Jewish rabbi who masterfully explores the issues created by a lack of focus on the emotional/relational aspects of marriage and reveals ways to reverse the damage caused by this inattention.

Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating

This widely published Catholic Trappist Monk explores the origins of the false self, the role of unconscious core beliefs in controlling behavior, and ways to identify and modify self- defeating ways of thinking.

Loving Bravely by Alexandra H. Solomon

Written by a clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, this book offers twenty powerful lessons to help the reader explore and commit to their own emotional and psychological well-being, so as to be ready, resilient, and confident in love and marriage.

MindWorks by Gary van Warmerdam

This enlightened life-coach pulls together an assortment of religious and secular teachings to help the reader alter their point of view in order to get at subconscious thoughts and behaviors that are the source of excessive emotional drama and that contribute to personal and relational difficulties.

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The point stressed by this author is that a good marriage is a result of the personal and spiritual growth that takes place within the context of two people seeking the will of God together.

Shaped by the Word by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr.

This author encourages people to open themselves so they can truly encounter God in reading the Bible by examining attitudes that are brought into the study of scripture such as the view of self, the view of the Bible, and the nature of relationships with others.

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

Written primarily for women from a female’s perspective, this author addresses the issues wives face in a marriage where there is constant criticism, disrespect, cruelty, and gross indifference.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

This best-selling author develops a very simple and very applicable premise that each partner in a marriage gives, hears, and receives intended love messages in a certain language where speaking in that language will enhance the probability that the intended message is heard and properly understood.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

This widely acclaimed preacher and author expresses himself on how the Bible presents an inspired view of how marriage can be and how the experience of marriage can help a couple better understand many Important biblical teachings.

The Self-Centered Marriage by Hal E. Runkel

This writer develops some very thought provoking concepts such as every great marriage is self- centered because it is a bond between two whole, centered people. The goal of this author is to help prepare couples to develop and embrace their separate selves as a profound vehicle for strengthening marriage.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

Based upon rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples, this author sets forth seven principles to guide couples along a path towards a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldham

This author spend three years interviewing and surveying 1,000 married couples to uncover the most important habits of the most happy married couples.

To Understand Each Other by Paul Tournier

This renowned physician and expert pastoral counselor makes the case that marriage can be a failure without a divorce. He writes that couples can live side by side, without hurting one another, but live poles apart because they have no real understanding of one another. The author suggests ways for couples to achieve a better understanding of one another.

30 Lessons for Loving by Karl Pillemer

This gerontologist interviewed 700 Americans over the age of 65 to gain their insights on children, marriage, money, career, in-laws, and aging.

Professional counseling & Life coaching resources

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