6 essential books to read before you marry

We have compiled a list of six essential relationship books to equip singles looking to discover their life partner and guide them into having a successful marriage. A large population of believers fall into the divorce category due to lack of preparation prior to vowing marital responsibilities.

6 books to read before you marry 

1. Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships – by Henry Cloud 

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Rules for Romance That Can Help You Find the Love of Your Life Between singleness and marriage lies the journey of dating. Want to make your road as smooth as possible? Set and maintain healthy boundaries–boundaries that will help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control. If many of your dating experiences have been difficult, Boundaries in Dating could revolutionize the way you handle relationships.

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2. I Kissed Dating Goodbye – by Joshua Harris 

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Joshua Harris’s first book, written when he was only 21, turned the Christian singles scene upside down…and people are still talking. More than 800,000 copies later, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, with its inspiring call to sincere love, real purity, and purposeful singleness, remains the benchmark for books on Christian dating. Now, for the first time since its release, the national #1 bestseller has been expanded with new content and updated for new readers. Honest and practical, it challenges cultural assumptions about relationships and provides solid, biblical alternatives to society’s norm.

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3. Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship – by Joshua Harris 

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The last thing singles want is more rules. But if you’re looking for an intentional, God-pleasing game plan for finding a future spouse, Joshua Harris delivers an appealing one. A compelling new foreword, an all-new “8 Great Courtship Conversations” section, and updated material throughout makes this five-year revision of the original Boy Meets Girl a must-have!

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4. Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control – by Elisabeth Elliot 

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Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever “feels right” is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ.

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5. Choosing God’s Best: Wisdom for Lifelong Romance – by Dr. Don Raunikar 

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Make a God Choice, Not Just a Good Choice Many Christian singles today are in pain. Wounded from past relationships, overwhelmed at being single longer than they expected, devastated at finding themselves single again.

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6. When God Writes Your Love Story – By Eric Ludy and Leslie Ludy

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In their most popular book, bestselling authors Eric and Leslie Ludy challenge singles to take a fresh approach to relationships in a culture where love has been replaced by cheap sensual passion. When God Writes Your Love Story shows that God’s way to true love brings fulfillment and romance in its purest, richest, and most satisfying form. This new edition includes an extra chapter from Leslie Ludy about the surprises of life after marriage!

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