4 Great Devotionals for Couples
Written by Phylicia Masonheimer | July 8, 2016
Spending time in prayer and Bible study is a great way to build a strong foundation for your dating relationship. If you aren’t sure where to begin, a devotional book provides structure and guidance for couples seeking God together. Here are four awesome books and devotionals to consider if you’re looking for a book to go through together!
- The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick: Published shortly after the release of the popular Christian film Fireproof, The Love Dare is a year-long devotional with 365 short chapters for discussion. Each chapter focuses on a characteristic of love. Following each devotion is a short prayer and a challenge—or “dare”—to show love to your partner. Sometimes it’s to read a passage of scripture together. Other times it’s a challenge to give more compliments. This is a great gift for engaged couples and could even work for those still in the dating stage.
- The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman: Not everyone receives and recognizes love in the same way. Some people are especially touched by gifts, while others appreciate compliments and sweet notes. These differences in communication are, according to this book, “love languages.” This is an excellent book for improving communication in a relationship. It equips couples to love one another in ways that meet their deepest emotional needs. Be sure to take the online Love Languages quiz to find out your profile!
- You & Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan: This book is another excellent choice for serious relationships moving toward marriage. Crazy Love author Francis Chan, together with his wife, Lisa, discuss the nature of marriage in light of eternity. Marriage doesn’t last forever; it only lasts until we die. How do we build a relationship that glorifies God in the short time we have on earth? As the authors put it, “to have a great marriage is not to focus on marriage.” The coolest part? The proceeds from every book that is sold go directly to gospel ministries around the world.
- The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller: This is less a devotional than a full-fledged book, but it’s worth reading as a couple. The author digs into God’s design for marriage and how it walks hand in hand with the gospel. Keller goes beyond marriage and dating relationships, talking about principles that apply to every person with whom we come in contact. Expect The Meaning of Marriage to spark discussion—it’s very thought provoking, scriptural and full of applicable wisdom for relationships of any kind.
There are hundreds more books for the choosing—and they don’t have to be about relationships! You can also go straight through the Bible itself as a couple, discussing what you learn on weekly dates.
Do you have any recommendations for couples’ devotions? What are your favorites?