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As a wedding photographer, I have had the privilege of capturing countless beautiful moments – from a couple’s first look on their wedding day to the outrageously joyous dancing at the reception celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs. What makes these moments beautiful is not just the breathtaking wedding gown or gorgeous floral details but the real and true emotions of the couple and their families who have been preparing for the most transformative change of their lives.

Engagement is only the beginning in the life-long journey of marriage. That’s why it can be helpful to seek wisdom from those who have unique perspectives or personal witness to the life and rhythms of this vocation. I’ve curated this list of 10 books for Catholic couples who are seeking insight and inspiration on how to grow together!

Why These Catholic Books

I’ve selected each book based on certain criteria, such as spiritual wisdom, practical insight, and real-world application. Each book offers unique insights and perspectives aimed at fostering a deeper relationship with God and each other as you prepare for marriage. By delving into these resources, you can cultivate a spiritual foundation for your relationship, acknowledging the sacredness of marriage as a union blessed by God. These books not only provide practical advice but also will encourage you to embrace your faith as an integral part of your marital journey.

These books will enrich your understanding of the sacrament of marriage and offer valuable insights into building a strong relationship for years to come.


Three to Get Married – By Fulton J. Sheen

Dive into the wisdom of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as he explores the spiritual dimensions of marriage, emphasizing the importance of inviting God into your marital union. This timeless classic reminds us that it takes three—husband, wife, and God—to create a truly sacred marriage.

This would be a great read to break up into sections leading up to your wedding day or to discuss during a monthly date night.

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Forever: A Catholic Devotional for Your Marriage

This devotional, designed specifically for Catholic marriages, offers daily reflections and prayers to strengthen your connection as a couple. It’s a perfect way to cultivate spiritual intimacy and keep your faith at the center of your marriage.

John and I prayed with this devotional in our first year of marriage and it helped us grow in our new prayer routines as a newly married couple!

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Becoming Wife: Saying Yes to More Than a Dress

Embrace the journey of becoming a wife with this insightful book that goes beyond wedding preparations. Author Rachel Bulman shares practical advice and spiritual guidance to help you navigate the transition from fiancée to wife.

While I haven’t had the opportunity to read through this one, I am a huge fan of Rachel Bulman and highly recommend any of her content!

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Just Married:The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage

In this delightful and lighthearted read, Catholic author and humorist Greg Popcak offers invaluable advice on adjusting to married life. With humor and wisdom, he addresses the ups and downs every newlywed couple experiences.

One of my favorite parts of this book is all of the practical exercises that you can do together.

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Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving

Yes, you read that right! Dr. Gregory Popcak’s candid and thoughtful book explores the intimate aspects of marriage from a Catholic perspective. It provides guidance on building a fulfilling, loving, and holy sexual relationship within marriage. This is one of the most transparent and straightforward books that we read at the beginning of our marriage on this topic. The only regret is we wish we read it prior to getting married.

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Discernment of Spirits in Marriage

Father Timothy Gallagher offers insight into how the principles of Ignatian spirituality can be applied to marriage. Learn to discern the movements of the spirit in your relationship, fostering unity and growth.

Ignatian meditation is a form of prayer that will draw you deeply into intimacy with Jesus so learning to do this as a couple will only strength your union!

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30 Days with Married Saints

Who better to learn how to live out a holy vocation than those who have been recognized by the Church for having done so. Take a month-long journey with married saints who have set inspiring examples of faith in their marriages. This book offers daily reflections and prayers to guide you on your path to a holy marriage.

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Good News about Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching

Christopher West addresses common questions and concerns about Catholic teaching on sex and marriage. This book provides clarity and understanding, promoting a deeper appreciation for the Church’s teachings.

Another raw and honest book on the topic. Highly recommend but very practical and easily understood reading!

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Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

Renowned Catholic theologian Edward Sri explores Pope John Paul II’s teachings on love and marriage. Discover the profound insights into the complementarity of the sexes and the beauty of marital love.

This is a great book not just for couples but anyone who is seeking to better understand theology of the body. Dr. Sri does an incredible job presenting St. John Paul II’s most famous teachings in a way that can relate to anyone.

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The Good, the Messy, and the Beautiful: The Joys and Struggles of Real Married Life

Dr. Edward Sri co-writes this time with his wife, Beth. They share their personal experiences and reflections on the realities of married life. This book provides a genuine and relatable perspective on the joys and challenges of marriage.

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Wrapping Up

In summary, these ten books for Catholic Couples offer a diverse range of perspectives and guidance for you as you embark on the beautiful journey of marriage. Whether you’re seeking spiritual depth, practical advice, or a touch of humor, these resources will inspire and enrich your path to a long and lasting relationship together.

If you’re looking for more tips and recommendations on how to strengthen your relationship as you prepare for and live out marriage, check out the other posts on my blog!

Disclaimer: Please note that the links provided above are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase through these links, I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. As a small business owner, I appreciate your support, as it helps me continue to my serve couples. Rest assured that I have carefully selected these books based on their quality as couples preparing for marriage. Your support is greatly appreciated and allows me to continue offering resources and services to couples like you.

March 1, 2024

Top 10 Essential Catholic Books for Couples Preparing for Marriage

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