Two Marriage Books That I ALWAYS Recommend

October 01, 2018

I may not directly use my degree (B.S. in Family Life) in my career daily, but I will always be passionate about marriage preparation, sexual health, and intimacy - all types, not just sexual intimacy - in marriage.
I get WAY too excited when people ask me for pre-marriage book recommendations. I have a bookshelf full of marriage-related books, and I'm going to share my two all-time favorites with y'all!

1. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before -- and After -- You Marry
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

I initially read this book while I was as single as single can be and I loved it! I re-read (most of) it before Jamison and I got married earlier this year, and I loved it just as much as I remember! The copy that I have is an older edition, so I can only assume that the one linked above is even better than what I've come to know and love.
This book is written by a husband-and-wife duo, one a psychologist and one an MFT. I love having both a male and female perspective on marriage, especially from a couple that is very experienced in their fields. They provide many real-life examples and help to uncover the misbeliefs of marriage - before and after it starts.
It's an easy read, and covers a vast array of topics such as communication, conflict resolution, money management, sexual intimacy, and gender differences that can manifest themselves in marriage. I know that I'm a little weird because I read these kinds of books for fun, but trust me, this is a purchase you won't regret!

2. Sexual Wholeness in Marriage: An LDS Perspective on Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality in Our Marriages
Chelom Leavitt, Dean M. Busby, and Jason S. Carroll


I did say I was passionate about sexual health and intimacy, didn't I? This was required reading for a course in college, and I have to tell you that I have never enjoyed a textbook quite like this! As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it seems that children are not often taught properly - or at all - about sex. Because of this, many newlyweds can feel guilt, confusion, and face other unhealthy sexual attitudes.
Sexual Wholeness in Marriage addresses a number of common LDS questions regarding sexual intercourse. How can couples manage different levels of interest in sex? What types of sexual behaviors are "appropriate" for married LDS couples? The list goes on and on!
I lend this book out to all of my close friends that are getting married, because even those that do feel comfortable with their bodies and sex can learn from it.

Let me know if you have read or are now planning to read either of these books! I highly recommend and I'd love to hear how you felt about them.

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