Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Sociology of Marriage & Family. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Love Dare: New Revised Edition
Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. The Love Dare , the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof , is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. This second edition also features a special link to a free online marriage evaluation, a new preface by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, minor text updates, and select testimonials from The Love Dare readers. Take the dare!
- Author: Alex Kendrick
- Publisher: B&H Books; Revised edition (January 1, 2013)
- Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
- ISBN: 978-1433679599
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches
2. Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Strengthen and deepen your love with a fun, ingenious program of eight life-changing conversations—on essential topics such as money, sex, and trust—from two of the world’s leading marriage researchers and clinicians. Navigating the challenges of long-term commitment takes effort—and it just got simpler, with this empowering, step-by-step guide to communicating about the things that matter most to you and your partner. Drawing on forty years of research from their world-famous Love Lab, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman invite couples on eight fun, easy, and profoundly rewarding dates, each one focused on a make-or-break issue: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality, and dreams. Interactive activities and prompts provide motivation to stay open, stay curious, and, most of all, stay talking to each other. And the range—from the four skills you need for intimate conversation (including Put Into Words What You Are Feeling) to tips on being honest about your needs, while also validating your partner’s own emotions—will resonate, whether you’re newly together or a longtime couple looking to fortify your bond. You will discover (or rediscover) your partner like never before—and be able to realize your hopes and dreams for the love you desire and deserve.
- Author: John Gottman Ph.D.
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (February 5, 2019)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-1523504466
- Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
3. The Ethical Slut, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
The classic guide to love, sex, and intimacy beyond the limits of conventional monogamy has been fully updated to reflect today’s modern attitudes and the latest information on nontraditional relationships. “One of the most useful relationship books you could ever read, no matter what your lifestyle choices. It’s chock-full of great information about communication, jealousy, asking for what you want, and maintaining a relationship with integrity.”—Annie Sprinkle, PhD, sexologist and author of Dr. Sprinkle’s Spectacular Sex For 20 years The Ethical Slut —widely known as the “Poly Bible”—has dispelled myths and showed curious readers how to maintain a successful polyamorous lifestyle through open communication, emotional honesty, and safer sex practices. The third edition of this timeless guide to the ethics of relationships, communication, and sex has been revised to include: • Interviews with poly millennials (young people who have grown up without the prejudices their elders encountered regarding gender, orientation, sexuality, and relationships) • Tributes to polyamory pioneers • Tools for conflict resolution and instructions on how to improve interpersonal dynamics • New sidebars on topics such as asexuality, sex workers, LGBTQ terminology, and ways polys can connect and thrive The authors also include new content addressing nontraditional relationships beyond the polyamorous paradigm of “more than two”: couples who don't live together, couples who don't have sex with each other, nonparallel arrangements, couples with widely divergent sex styles, power disparities, and cross-orientation relationships, while utilizing nonbinary gender language and new terms that have come into common usage since the last edition.
- Author: Janet W. Hardy
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (August 15, 2017)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-0399579660
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
4. Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy
Attachment theory has entered the mainstream, but most discussions focus on how we can cultivate secure monogamous relationships. What if, like many people, you’re striving for secure, happy attachments with more than one partner? Polyamorous psychotherapist Jessica Fern breaks new ground by extending attachment theory into the realm of consensual nonmonogamy. Using her nested model of attachment and trauma, she expands our understanding of how emotional experiences can influence our relationships. Then, she sets out six specific strategies to help you move toward secure attachments in your multiple relationships. Polysecure is both a trailblazing theoretical treatise and a practical guide. It provides nonmonogamous people with a new set of tools to navigate the complexities of multiple loving relationships and offers radical new concepts that are sure to influence the conversation about attachment theory. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
- Author: Jessica Fern
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships, Marriage
5. Workbook for The Body Keeps The Score: : Brain, Mind and Body in The Healing of Trauma
Workbook For The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in The Healing of Trauma How To Use This Workbook For You To Achieve The Greatest Benefit With trauma and trauma treatment as the key focus, this workbook is created to let one develop and understand how trauma can impact our lives’ blind spots, while showing us the variety of ways to actually process and overcome the problems caused by trauma. Moving beyond pills and conventional psychology, the methods and treatments suggested within can often times be a shining beacon of hope when all else fails. Methodical author Bessel van der Kolk not only shares his ground breaking ideas and concepts in the book “The Body Keeps The Score”, he also goes further by giving us a practical roadmap for navigating through the impact of trauma in our lives. The tips and strategies shared by van der Kolk ground us in the fundamentals of holistic healing, whilst at the same time retaining the primary aim of processing and treating our trauma. Designed with the idea of imparting practical wisdom in mind, the questions and exercises found in the workbook will enable you to learn and discover more about yourself, point you in the right direction for fruitful development, and create ample space for you to grow. To reap the most benefits from Bessel van der Kolk’s book, do approach the questions with an open mind, and answer them as best as you can with complete self honesty. In this workbook you will get Chapter by chapter summaries for guidance and recollection of the main text Questions which hone your insight and stretch your own boundaries Milestone goals which you can set your sights on to achieve Concise key point sum ups at the end of each chapter to capture crucial facts And much more! For maximum benefit, please do prepare 2 or more copies of this workbook so that you may re-attempt the questions after a couple of months from your initial try. You will get to see your growth with the faithful application of the ideas and methods from the book. Take the positive step toward healing and rejuvenation! Click On The Buy Now Button To Get Started PLEASE NOTE: that this is an unofficial and independent workbook for the book “The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel van der Kolk.
- Author: Genie Reads
- Publisher: Independently published (June 3, 2021)
- Genre: Medical Books, Psychology
- ISBN: 979-8514201723
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.27 x 9 inches
6. Love Warrior
#1 New York Times Bestseller Oprah’s Book Club 2016 Selection "Riveting…a worthy investment…this book has real wisdom." ― New York Times Book Review "Provocative... I adore her honesty, her vulnerability, and her no-nonsense wisdom, and I know you will, too." ― Oprah Winfrey A memoir of betrayal and self-discovery by bestselling author Glennon Doyle, Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are all born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.
- Author: Glennon Doyle
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; Reprint edition (September 12, 2017)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-1250075734
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.76 x 8.17 inches
7. Regretting Motherhood: A Study
Women who opt not to be mothers are frequently warned that they will regret their decision later in life, yet we rarely talk about the possibility that the opposite might also be true - that women who have children might regret it. Drawing on years of research interviewing women from a variety of socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds, sociologist Orna Donath treats regret as a feminist issue: as regret marks the road not taken, we need to consider whether alternative paths for women currently are blocked off. She asks that we pay attention to what is forbidden by rules governing motherhood, time, and emotion, including the cultural assumption that motherhood is a "natural" role for women - for the sake of all women, not just those who regret becoming mothers. If we are disturbed by the idea that a woman might regret becoming a mother, Donath says, our response should not be to silence and shame these women; rather, we need to ask honest and difficult questions about how society pushes women into motherhood and why those who reconsider it are still seen as a danger to the status quo. Groundbreaking, thoughtful, and provocative, this is an especially needed book in our current political climate, as women's reproductive rights continue to be at the forefront of national debates.
- Author: Orna Donath
- Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Family Relationships, Motherhood
8. The Fair Play Deck: A Couple's Conversation Deck for Prioritizing What's Important
Based on the Reese's Book Club Pick and New York Times best-seller Fair Play , this couple's conversation deck will help you rebalance your to-do lists, reclaim your time, and rediscover and nurture the skills and interests that make you uniquely you . Whether you just moved in together, hit a snag in your domestic bliss, or are struggling to keep with your growing family, this adaptable card deck will help you balance the work needed to keep your household humming. Here's what you're going to do: 1) Sit with your partner for an hour when you're relaxed and feeling good (food and drink help!) 2) Lay out all the task cards, choose only the ones that apply to your family, and take turns deciding which tasks you'll own completely 3) Claim your Unicorn Space cards, which allow you time and space to develop and pursue activities and skills that bring you joy--whether it's learning a new language, playing music, or training for a marathon Setting both of you up for success in your relationship and parenting, The Fair Play Deck will change the way you think and talk about your home life.
- Author: Eve Rodsky
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter (October 27, 2020)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
- ISBN: 978-0593231661
- Dimensions: 3.68 x 2.44 x 5.58 inches
9. Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK Tired, stressed, and in need of more help from your partner? Imagine running your household (and life!) in a new way... It started with the Sh*t I Do List. Tired of being the "shefault" parent responsible for all aspects of her busy household, Eve Rodsky counted up all the unpaid, invisible work she was doing for her family--and then sent that list to her husband, asking for things to change. His response was...underwhelming. Rodsky realized that simply identifying the issue of unequal labor on the home front wasn't enough: She needed a solution to this universal problem. Her sanity, identity, career, and marriage depended on it. The result is Fair Play : a time- and anxiety-saving system that offers couples a completely new way to divvy up domestic responsibilities. Rodsky interviewed more than five hundred men and women from all walks of life to figure out what the invisible work in a family actually entails and how to get it all done efficiently. With 4 easy-to-follow rules, 100 household tasks, and a series of conversation starters for you and your partner, Fair Play helps you prioritize what's important to your family and who should take the lead on every chore, from laundry to homework to dinner. "Winning" this game means rebalancing your home life, reigniting your relationship with your significant other, and reclaiming your Unicorn Space--the time to develop the skills and passions that keep you interested and interesting. Stop drowning in to-dos and lose some of that invisible workload that's pulling you down. Are you ready to try Fair Play ? Let's deal you in.
- Author: Eve Rodsky
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (January 5, 2021)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Sociology
- ISBN: 978-0525541943
- Dimensions: 5.45 x 0.76 x 8.2 inches
10. 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged
The Perfect Remedy for Cold Feet! More than half of all couples who become engaged this year will never make it to the altar. Why? Leading experts believe it's because couples fail to really get to know their potential mate before getting engaged. Relationship expert and noted couples counselor Norm Wright steers potential brides and grooms through a series of soul-searching questions to discern if they've really met "the One." Couples will be much more confident about whether or not to pursue marriage after completing these in-depth and personal questions. Norm also addresses the delicate subject of calling off the wedding if readers discover that a potential mate isn't actually meant to be a life partner.
- Author: H. Norman Wright
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; 37681st edition (June 1, 2004)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-0736913942
- Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches