For Women

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

This book will help you identify what makes your spouse, specifically, feel loved.

LoveTalk by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Couples consistently name “improved communication” as the greatest need in their relationships. Love Talk is a deep yet simple plan full of new insights that will revolutionize communication in love relationships. Includes The Love Talk Indicator, a free personalized online assessment.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman and Nan Silver

Relationship experts offer rigorous scientific procedures via a series of in-depth quizzes, checklists, and exercises to analyze the marriage relationship.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray

The classic, and still highly recommended.

His Needs, Her Needs—Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard F. Harley, Jr.

How can couples experience a lifetime of passion and fulfillment in marriage? By identifying each other’s most important emotional needs and developing habits to meet them.

Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs leads couples through the intricacies of a marriage built on Love and Respect. He explores the differences in men and women and how a husband’s need for respect can be balanced by a wife’s need for love.

The Love Dare Book

This book is the instrumental tool used to heal the marriage in the movie Fireproof.

The Husband Project – 21 Days to Loving Your Husband with a Purpose and a Plan by Kathi Lipp

I love this book! The author focuses on the fact that regardless of the state of our marriage, all we really have control of are our own actions. She has put together a 21 day sample plan that is easy to customize.

What Could He Be Thinking? How a Man’s Mind Really Works by Michael Gurian

A fascinating look by a brain scientist at how the physical differences in men’s brains explain many of the differences in the way they behave.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

As usual, Dr. Laura goes after her topic in a direct manner, urging women to overcome their blind spots about how they relate to the men in their lives. Excellent book.

No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage by Dr. Julianna Slattery

As a researcher, I have a dilemma. I can investigate and explain the starting points that women need to know about their husbands (for example, how much sexual affirmation transforms a man and his marriage), but then I must find others to help each woman go further. Yet it is hard to find good and trustworthy resources. This book hits the mark in a big way; I highly recommend it to anyone who needs real-world yet compassionate answers on how to handle the confusion, hurt, disappointments and just old-fashioned differences about this sensitive subject that affects every single marriage.