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12 Best Books To Read To Improve Your Relationship

Relationships can be a tricky thing. One moment it can seem like they are going great, then the next everything goes wrong.

Here are 12 booksย you should read to improve your relationship.

#1 The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman &

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This is a good foundational book for making sure that you are creating a mutually satisfying, fair and healthy relationship. Dr. Gottman is a leading expert on marriages and intimate relationships. 

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Contributors: Lisa S. Larsen from LisaSLarsen

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#2 Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

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This book is also by another relationship expert, Dr. Sue Johnson. It helps couples improve their ability to relate to each other based on Dr. Johnson's model, Emotionally Focused Therapy.

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Contributors: Lisa S. Larsen from LisaSLarsen

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#3 Fearless Thinking Stress-Free Living by Purandar Amin

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This book tells the story of the author's personal quest to achieve inner peace, stress-free living while being fearless. Purandar offers readers easy to use, techniques to help eliminate stress and live fearlessly in every aspect of life, to achieve inner peace, happiness, success, and better health and build strong relationships.

The book truly encompasses how we each have the ability to identify signs of stress, fear which inhibits achieving thriving relationships with our partners, family, co-workers, etc. It's definitely a book that will enhance any relationship and one that surprisingly offers such great insights about the power we have over our thought process.

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#4 Partner Yoga by Cain Carroll

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This is great for couples to experiment with intimate and playful yoga postures. A couple can try a new pose or two and talk about their shared experience. By breathing together in a partner yoga pose, a couple can learn deeper communication and trust.

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Contributors: Katie Ziskind from WisdomWithinCt

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#5 From Single to the Knot by Candice Mummert

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Our society holds a very corrupted view of marriage. At the same time, that marriage is glamorized by movies and sitcoms, it is devalued by Hollywood and pop culture. Candice Mummert offers a heartfelt conversation with singles in our society about what marriage was really created to look like. Through a candid, biblically-based, fresh conversation, the book covers topics from singlehood to lifelong commitment, while setting realistic expectations for:

  • Sex and sexual purity
  • Needs of a husband and wife
  • Expectations of a husband and wife
  • Why marriage is worth fighting for

So, if you are single and would like to be married someday, or even if you are already married and need a refresher on what marriage is really about, join the conversation in From Single to the Knot.

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#6 A Stronger Knot by Aaron Bunker

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Being a Christ-like spouse is a daunting challenge that can feel impossibleโ€”how can imperfect people have a healthy marriage? Throughout his years of marital counseling, this is the question Aaron Bunker has found every couple faces. In A Stronger Knot, Aaron provides a manual for how two broken people can love God and each other in the midst of their imperfections. 

Couples reading A Stronger Knot will: 

  • Learn to understand their own emotions and how to use them appropriately and effectively - Be empowered in their individual walks with Christ 
  • Learn to navigate marital differences with a respectful, honoring approach - Be encouraged to grow in intimacy through vulnerability 
  • Explore complex therapeutic concepts in a tangible, palatable format Based on Aaronโ€™s years of counseling practice 

A Stronger Knot teaches readers how to foster an environment free of shame in order to work toward wholeness, both individually and maritally. Couples will feel challenged, encouraged, and empowered to implement these powerful principles into their own lives.

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Contributors: Megan Poling from Lucid Books 

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#7 Better Boundaries by Jan Black

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This book is a basic primer on what boundaries are in interpersonal relationships and how to improve your ability to form and assert one's boundaries. 

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Contributors: Lisa S. Larsen from LisaSLarsen

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#8 Couple Skills by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning

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A book that demonstrates how well your relationship works, giving you hints on what to improve (communication, problem-solving, conflicts, etc.)

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Contributors: Sonya Schwartz fromย Her Aspirationย 

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#9 The Relationship Cure by John Gottman

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This book contains useful tools to make your relationship succeed and includes questionnaires to make you understand what doesnโ€™t work. 

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Contributors: Sonya Schwartz from Her Aspiration 

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#10 The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

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This book teaches people how to reach fulfillment and live with gratitude, things people who should learn if they want to live a fulfilling relationship. 

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Contributors: Sonya Schwartz from Her Aspiration 

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#11 The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

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Written by a Nobel Prize winner, this book teaches how to forgive to live better lives. A science important in each relationship. 

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Contributors: Sonya Schwartz from Her Aspiration 

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#12 Kiss That Frog! by Brian Tracy

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This book teaches how to overcome or manage the negative sides of life, helping you turn all downsides into positives.

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Contributors: Sonya Schwartz from Her Aspiration 

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