Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation by Ernie Baker is a helpful resource for Christian singles seeking marriage. Some of the topics that Baker discusses include laying a firm foundation for marriage, living wisely during your single years, and employing positive relationship skills. To some, the title “Marry Wisely, Marry Well” may come across as condescending or holier-than-thou, but don’t judge this book by its title; the author writes in a very kind, relatable, and down-to-earth tone.
Because the book covers a wide variety of topics related to marriage preparation, this would be a great book for a pastor or Christian counselor to use during premarital counseling. Some of the most beneficial sections of the book were the lists of questions to ask a potential spouse, the exploration of what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and the chapter devoted to the ingredients of a wise relationship (which analyzes what went wrong in one couple’s relationship – and how they improved their relationship skills). In sum, Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a good examination of what makes a good relationship.
Among the other marriage books that OTR has reviewed, Marry Wisely, Marry Well is on par with The Dude’s Guide to Marriage and 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage, and is a better marriage book than the following titles: For Better or for Kids, 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage, 25 Ways to Show Love to Your Wife, and Prayers for New Brides.
You can find Marry Wisely, Marry Well here.