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5 Baha’i Books About Marriage

December 13, 2015, in Articles > Books, by

In the Baha’i Writings we are told that marriage is “a fortress for well-being” 1 and preparation for a lasting union is something we can all benefit from. So whether you’re single and hoping to find a partner, or already investigating someone’s character, I thought it would be useful to put together a short list of books to help you get started in your own preparation to building that fortress.

1. Marriage – A Fortress for Well-Being

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One of the best parts of this book is the way it addresses topics like dating, as well as common themes such as detachment and trustworthiness. It incorporates the Bahai Teachings as well as commentary from the editors to present a view that is very relatable and easy to understand and apply to ones daily life.

You can purchase a copy of the book from your local Baha’i distributor, or here on Amazon.com.
 
 

2. Conscious Courtship – Finding Someone to Love for the Rest of Your Life

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This book is unique because it combines the Bahai Teachings as well the author’s experiences as a professional in the field of psychology. It’s a balanced mix of spiritual and practical. It isn’t heavily saturated with one or the other and offers fresh perspectives that I have not seen in other books.

You can purchase a copy of the book from your local Baha’i distributor, or here on Amazon.com.
 
 

3. Marriage Can Be Forever – Preparation Counts!

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This is a wonderful guide for preparing for marriage because it’s a hands on workbook with lots of interactive pages that include quotes and questions that you answer for yourself as well as with a potential partner. The process of thinking about the scenarios and questions presented is a helpful tool.

You can purchase a copy of the book from your local Baha’i distributor, or from Susanne Alexander’s website, Marriagetransformation.com.
 
 

4. Pure Gold – Encouraging Character Qualities in Marriage

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This book focuses on an essential element of a successful marriage: recognizing and developing character traits. It helps us to build the qualities needed for a wonderful relationship as well as assists us in knowing what to look for in a potential partner.

You can purchase a copy of the book from your local Baha’i distributor, or here on Amazon.com.
 
 

5. Thoughts On Marriage

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Written by Mrs. Margaret Ruhe, the wife of former member of the Universal House of Justice, David Ruhe, this book offers an interesting perspective because it incorporates her educational background of sociology and psychology with her deep knowledge of the Bahai teachings on this subject.

You can purchase a copy of the book from your local Baha’i distributor, or here from the Indian Baha’i Publishing Distribution.
 
 
 
 
 


*Photo Credit: Tim Geers via Flickr.

Footnotes & Citations
  1. Baha’i Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Baha’u’llah, the Bab, and Abdu’l-Baha, US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1991 edition, p. 268[]
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Discussion 8 Comments

There is another Baha’i book on marriage, from Baha’i Publishing. Perhaps it was overlooked because it’s already ten years old. “Partners in Spirit:What Couples Say About Marriages That Work” If you haven’t seen it, and are interested in
This topic, I commend it to you.

Heather Cardin

Heather Cardin (December 12, 2015 at 4:53 AM)

There is another one called Mindful Matrimony that just came out. Same author as Conscious Courtship.

Laheeb

Laheeb (December 12, 2015 at 6:41 AM)

Awesome! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Naysan

Naysan (December 12, 2015 at 7:20 AM)

Thanks for the recommendation Heather! 🙂

Naysan

Naysan (December 12, 2015 at 7:21 AM)

Another great book, if one can get it, came in a deepening packet of the 70’s, _Know your own true self_ by Dr. Dan Jordan

MargueritE Gipson

MargueritE Gipson (December 12, 2015 at 4:23 AM)

Dan Jordan’s article was first published in World Order and the title is Becoming Your True Self.

Gayle Hoover

Gayle Hoover (December 12, 2015 at 2:38 AM)

Susanne Alexander, Johanna Merritt Wu, and Jeremy Lambshead teamed up to write a book called Starting with Me: Knowing Myself Before Finding a Partner. Its tagline is “9 transformative steps based on the Baha’i Faith’s teachings about relationships and marriage”.

You can read more about it here: http://bahaiblog.net/2018/10/starting-with-me-a-guidebook-for-anyone-interested-in-finding-a-partner/

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (February 2, 2019 at 12:58 AM)

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