Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman
A seasoned relationship counselor, Chapman uses examples from his marriage and real-life couples to illustrate the importance of communication before and during marriage. The book dives into topics from first butterflies to chore charts and in-law dynamics.
If you’re a longtime follower, you know that nonfiction isn’t usually my thing. But I recently got engaged (yay!) to a wonderful man who I am absolutely ecstatic to marry, so I read this book on the recommendation of my pastor. Now it’s my turn to pass the recommendation on to you. Whether you’re seriously dating, engaged, or already married, Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married is a thoughtful resource. There were so many practicalities I had never considered in all my rosy-eyed days of dreaming about my future husband, or even after I’d met my now fiancé. The book not only facilitates deeper thinking about what it means to be married, but also the opportunity for in-depth discussion with your partner. The ideas and questions in this book have enlightened me more to my fiancé’s perspectives as well as my own, and we’re definitely stronger for it.