Summary: Marriage By the Book—Bible-based marriage books for small groups, adult church classes (Sunday school), mentoring and couples.
Practical, biblical advice. Perfect for study in church as well as in cell groups and home fellowship groups. Powerful biblical help to transform marriages.
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"Marriage by the Book"

A one-year, eight-book Bible-based study that
• transforms troubled marriages
• strengthens strong marriages
• blesses great marriages

For couples, small group studies, church classes,
adult Sunday school, and mentoring


This Bible-Based study helps all marriages

"Marriage by the Book," a one-year small group or adult Sunday school class study, provides practical, biblical help to couples desiring durable and rewarding marriages. Using the Marriage by the Book Group Leaders' Guide, you can easily help couples who want to improve strong marriages as well as those whose marriages are floundering.

Author Doug Britton has helped thousands of couples since entering the counseling field in 1967. In these eight books, he draws upon his experiences counseling, leading seminars and workshops, teaching classes and co-hosting a Christian radio call-in show. Most importantly, he goes directly to the Bible to dig out its wisdom and apply it to problems couples face today.

Marriage by the Book transforms marriages because each book is:

Bible-based. Each chapter in each book applies a biblical principal to marriage.

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.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

These books cover every aspect of marriage.

Click on the following links to read about the books.

Book 1: Laying a Solid Foundation

Book 2: Making Christ the Cornerstone

Book 3: Encouraging Your Spouse

Book 4: Extending Grace to Your Mate

Book 5: Talking with Respect and Love

Book 6: Improving Your Teamwork

Book 7: Putting Money in its Place

Book 8: Fanning the Flames of Romance

Group Leaders's Guide for Marriage by the Book

Organization of books

Each book consists of a preface, introduction and six chapters. When people study them in a class or small group (usually studying for 1 to 1 ½ hours), they can go through one chapter per week. By the time a group has studied all eight books, they have learned biblical principles covering all aspects of marriage.

The Group Leaders' Guide will help you get going

The Group Leaders’ Guide provides detailed information about how to (1) set up and (2) lead groups. You will learn how to deal with situations class leaders sometimes face such as:

•  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

Click here to read about the Group Leaders's Guide


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:

"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

"I am very excited about the work that Doug Britton has done in the arena of marriage curriculum. I am planning our church Marriage Institute around the eight book ‘Marriage by the Book’ course that he has created. ... Doug’s books are ideal."
— George Young, Commissioner, Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services
    Pastor, Holy Temple Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"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 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 CA

"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

"Taking 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, group leader

Quantity discounts

Earn a 10% discount for a purchase of only $50.

Earn a 15%-40% discount when you buy larger quantities.

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