Summary: Create a new small-group or class-based marriage ministry for your church or upgrade your current marriage ministry using “Marriage by the Book,” an eight-book series of practical multi-cultural Bible-based marriage books. These eight books, along with How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group, will help you enrich great marriages as well as strengthen struggling marriages.

Summary: Create or upgrade a small-group marriage ministry for your church.

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Marriage by the Book — For Couples and Small Groups

What is Marriage by the Book?

Eight books cover all aspects of marriage.

Read on your own

Read at home with your spouse or by yourself.

Study in a small group

Ideal for church marriage ministries

What is Marriage by the Book?

“Marriage by the Book” is an eight-book Bible-based series covering every aspect of marriage. The  books originally were part of a book written in 1993 by biblical Marriage and Family Therapist Doug Britton. They were expanded into the eight-book “Marriage by the Book” series in 1997. Each of the eight books has been updated and extensively rewritten for publication in 2017.

Each book in this multicultural series helps individuals and couples turn to God and shows them how to apply the Bible’s truths in their marriage. They are for every kind of marriage — old to young, great to not-so-great.

These books are ideal for —

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Small groups
  • Church classes
  • Pastors and mentors
  • Pre-marriage ministries
  • Marriage counselors

Author and Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist Doug Britton has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio co-host, and author of over twenty books. In each book of the “Marriage by the Book” series, Doug draws upon his extensive experience counseling married couples. More importantly, he goes directly to the Bible and applies its truth and wisdom to problems couples face today.


Marriage by the Book Is —

  • Bible-based. Every chapter shows couples how to apply a specific biblical truth to their marriage.
  • Multicultural. The Bible-based truths apply to every group and culture.
  • Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.
  • Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.
  • Comprehensive. The books cover all the key issues of marriage. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated and answered.
  • Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.
  • Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.


Each Book in the “Marriage by the Book” Series is Three-in-one

There’s no need to buy a separate book, workbook, and leader’s guide for each study. Every book in the “Marriage by the Book” series already includes these three important components —

  • A book — with practical, Bible-based information.
  • A workbook — with “Make it personal” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • A small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the back of each book.


Two Cover Sets Are Available

The eight books in “Marriage by the Book” are available in two cover sets — Multicultural or African-American. (The inside pages are identical.)


Multicultural Cover Set

African-American Cover Set

Read On Your Own

Join thousands of couples who have strengthened their marriages when they read “Marriage by the Book.” Whether your marriage needs a major overhaul or a minor tuneup, you and your spouse will find your marriage improving as you read and discuss the Bible-based guidelines in these pages.

Study even if your spouse does not. These books can make a major difference in your marriage even if your spouse does not join you in reading them. God can perform miracles in your personal life — and in your marriage — as you learn how to be the best spouse possible.

You will recognize yourselves as you read. These books are not just theory. They are based on Doug Britton’s experience counseling around one thousand married couples. Typical problems and questions are anticipated and answered.

Each book is interactive. “What do you think” and “Make it personal” questions scattered throughout each chapter do not simply ask you to summarize what you have read. They help you relate the material to your marriage and make action plans.

Start a Small Group or Marriage Ministry

Join the thousands of couples who have studied “Marriage by the Book” in small groups to strengthen and enrich their marriages. You can use these books for small-group studies, or you can use them as part of a more extensive marriage ministry in your church.


Start a Small Group

You can easily start a small group study using “Marriage by the Book.” Each book has a small group leader’s guide and suggested discussion questions at the back of the book.

Using the small group guidelines and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions in each book, you will find it easy to help couples improve strong marriages and strengthen troubled marriages.

You can study one or more books, or you can go through all eight. They are perfect for a one-year small group study or adult Sunday school class. (Since each book has six chapters, at the rate of one chapter per week it would take forty-eight weeks to study all eight books.) Many groups extend this a few months so they can take more than one week to discuss chapters the group finds especially relevant.

Looking for more help in leading a small group? Although each book in the “Marriage by the Book” series includes a small group leader’s guide and chapter-by-chapter group discussion questions, you may want a more in-depth leader’s guide. How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group  will help you with detailed guidelines for starting and leading small groups. Plus, it answers common questions such as how to deal with —

  • Someone who criticizes his or her spouse
  • Someone who gets off the subject
  • Someone who offers simplistic advice
  • Someone who remains silent
  • Someone who levels angry attacks


Start a Marriage Ministry

Create a powerful marriage ministry using “Marriage by the Book.” When you use this eight-book series as the core curriculum, each member of your team reinforces the same messages.

For example, if a couple is in a small group and also meets with a marriage mentor, the small group leader and the mentor help the couple learn and practice the same Bible-based principles.

Mentoring becomes much more effective when mentors use “Marriage by the Book.” Instead of just talking about issues, mentors can ask couples to read a relevant chapter as homework, then when they meet help couples see how they can apply the insights and tools in the chapter.

Get Started Today

Visit our bookstore to order sample books, then review them carefully. You will discover they are unique — solidly based on the Bible, practical, cross-cultural, and user-friendly.

Laying a Solid Foundation


Steps to a great marriage
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Making Christ the Cornerstone


Center your marriage in Christ
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Encouraging Your Spouse


Encourage and support your mate
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Extending Grace to Your Mate


Loving an imperfect spouse
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Talking with Respect and Love


Secrets to healthy communication
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Improving Your Teamwork


Making decisions as a team
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Putting Money in its Place


God’s plan for your finances
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Celebrating Intimacy and Romance


God’s plan for sexual intimacy
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Multicultural Cover Set

African-American Cover Set


“Classes and small groups using these books report awesome testimonies of troubled marriages being healed and good marriages becoming sweeter and finer as couples learn how to apply God’s Word in their lives. A few typical comments: ‘Many relationships in our church have been strengthened and enriched through the use of his ‘Marriage by the Book’ series.’”
— Ephraim Williams, Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church, Sacramento, California

“Doug Britton’s ’Marriage By The Book’ series is the most thoroughly biblical, deeply practical and user-friendly marriage resource I have seen in thirty years of study and use. These books provide clarity, relevance and biblicity for self-study, mentoring or small group leadership, and are so well-written that lay leaders can use them immediately without having to be experts. They will positively impact your marriage and the marriages of those you lead.”
— John Morrison, Family Life Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester, Virginia

“‘Marriage by the Book’ is a life-changing series that will bring Christ into your marriage. The series will guide you step by step as you wrestle with the right questions, so you can see Christ-centered results.  Whether your marriage is healthy and thriving or needing an overhaul…this series will help you. I know this because it’s helped my marriage.”
— Craig Sweeney, Lead Pastor, Bayside Church in Citrus Heights, Citrus Heights, California

“‘Marriage by the Book’ is the best marriage resource I’ve encountered.”
— David Dickinson, Senior Pastor Hope Evangelical Free Church, Kearney, Nebraska

“‘Marriage by the Book’ has allowed us to empower and impact hundreds of marriages from a biblical perspective. Couples who were on the path to divorce are happily married today because of studying these books.”
— Samuel Gordon, Associate Pastor, Capital Christian Center, Sacramento, California

“I attended the class hoping to learn a few things to help me after almost 20 years of marriage. I ended up learning far more than I anticipated.
— Isaac Ghansah, class member

“We have had Doug Britton to Bayside many times to teach this material. He is biblical, practical, and his books are easy to use for couples wanting to build a healthy, thriving marriage. I definitely recommend his ’Marriage by the Book’ series.”
— Ray W. Johnston, Senior Pastor, Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California

“Reading ‘Marriage by the Book’ helped me examine myself and improve my marriage. I like it because it’s not overwhelming. Simple step-by-step information and exercises cover every type of situation couples find themselves in. My wife and I have been excited to be group leaders and to help others also grow. It’s amazing to see what God is doing in couples’ lives.”
— Tom Henson, small group leader

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