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As a husband of 19 years and a father to a rambunctious 7-year-old, I’ve learned that a strong, happy marriage takes constant work, empathy, and a willingness to grow. Over the years, I’ve turned to countless books for husbands to help me become a better partner, father, and overall human being. 

The books mentioned here are not all because you have ‘marital problems’ or you’re not a ‘good husband,’ they are here on this list to make your very life better than now. Reading good books on family and relationships is a great way to upgrade yourself for your wife and awesome kids. You’re investing in yourself. 

In this fun guide, I’m excited to share 35 of the most impactful, thought-provoking books that have transformed my life and marriage. Whether you’re looking to deepen your emotional connection, reignite the spark in the bedroom, or simply become the best version of yourself, this list has different types of books for every husband.

So grab a pen and paper, and get ready to elevate your relationship to new heights. These books are guaranteed to inspire, challenge, and equip you with the practical ideas you need to build the marriage of your dreams and help you in different ways.

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Best Book Recommendations For Husbands

The Five Love Languages: Small Group Bible Study with Video Access: The Secret to Love That Lasts
Gary Chapman (Author)
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Strengthening Your Marriage Bond

The first book on my list and great for all married couples. This book by Gary Chapman helped us understand each other on a much deeper level. It also helped us discover practical ways to better meet each other’s emotional needs. It’s a must-read for any couple looking to strengthen their connection.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown (Author)
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (Author)

Vulnerability is the key to true intimacy, but it’s not always easy to embrace. In this powerful book, This New York Times best-seller explores how cultivating courage, compassion, and connection can transform our personal and professional lives. It’s a game-changer for couples who want to break down the walls and build a more authentic, fulfilling partnership.

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) (Reese's Book Club)
Eve Rodsky (Author)
Fair Play by Eve Rodsky (Author)

As a busy husband and father, I often felt overwhelmed by the never-ending household responsibilities. This book by Eve Rodsky opened my eyes to the importance of equitable division of labor. It also provided a practical framework for my wife and I to have honest conversations about our roles and responsibilities. It’s an excellent read for any couple navigating the challenges of modern-day life.

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More
Bruce Feiler (Author)
The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler (Author)

This unique book by Bruce Feiler is a treasure trove of strategies for making the most of your time together as a family. From rethinking family dinners to fighting smarter, it’s packed with actionable tips. This book has helped us create more joy, connection, and memories in our home.

Becoming a Better Man and Father

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
James Clear (Author)
Atomic Habits by James Clear (Author)

As an over-thinking but productive man, I’m always striving to improve my habits and become the best version of myself. This book by James Clear has been a blessing! It’s been great at providing a simple, evidence-based approach to building good habits and breaking bad ones. This book must be on every man’s to-read bucket list.

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
William Stixrud (Author)  Ned Johnson (Author)
The Self-Driven Child William Stixrud (Author) Ned Johnson (Author)

Raising a confident, resilient child is no easy feat, but this book by Stixrud and Johnson has been a lifesaver. It’s helped me understand the importance of giving my son more control over his own life and fostering his sense of autonomy. As a result, our relationship has deepened, and I’ve seen him blossom into a more self-assured, motivated boy.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning
Jason Reynolds (Author)  Ibram X. Kendi (Author)
Stamped by Jason Reynolds (Author) Ibram X. Kendi

As a father to a beautiful mixed-race boy, it’s crucial that I educate myself on the complex issues of race, bias, and social justice. This excellent book by Kendi and Reynolds has helped me have more meaningful conversations with my son. It also opened my eyes and made me more conscious of racism. It’s a good book for any husband and father who wants to create a more just, equitable world or simply live in a multicultural home. 

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight (Author)
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Author)

This captivating memoir by Nike’s founder, Phil Knight, has been a tremendous source of inspiration for me as an entrepreneur. It’s a powerful reminder that with grit, determination, and a willingness to take risks, you can turn your wildest dreams into reality. It’s a great book for any husband who aspires to leave a lasting legacy.

Enhancing Your Intimate Connection

Come as You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
Emily Nagoski (Author)
Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski (Author)

As a husband, it’s crucial that I understand the complexities of my wife’s sexuality. Also how to create a fulfilling, mutually satisfying intimate life for both of us. This groundbreaking book by best-selling author Emily Nagoski is great, providing science-backed insights and practical strategies for cultivating a deeper, more fulfilling sexual connection.

Not an easy subject to talk about but it’s needed. My good friend and pastor once told me “Sex is the barometer of how the marriage is.” 

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
Esther Perel (Author)
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel (Author)

Maintaining passion and eroticism in a long-term relationship can be a challenge. This book by Esther Perel has been a lifesaver. It’s helped my wife and I navigate the delicate balance between intimacy and individuality and rediscover the spark that first brought us together.

She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman
Ian Kerner (Author)
She Comes First by Ian Kerner (Author)

Let’s be honest, guys – when it comes to the bedroom, we don’t always get it right. This book by Ian Kerner has been a revelation, teaching me how to become a more attentive, generous lover and prioritize my wife’s pleasure. It’s a perfect book for any husband who wants to take their sex life to new heights.

The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work
Terrence Real (Author)
The New Rules of Marriage by Terrence Real (Author)

In this insightful book, Terrence Real challenges traditional gender roles and power dynamics in marriage, offering a fresh, egalitarian approach to building a fulfilling, lasting partnership. It’s been a valuable resource for my wife and me as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of modern marriage.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Charles Duhigg (Author)
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Author)

As a husband and father, developing positive habits is crucial for my overall well-being and the health of my family. This one by Charles Duhigg is an incredible book, providing a deeper understanding of the science behind habit formation and practical strategies for creating lasting change.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Carol S. Dweck (Author)
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck (Author)

The way we view our abilities and potential can have a profound impact on our lives. In this transformative book, Carol Dweck explores the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset, and how adopting a more flexible, open-minded approach can unlock our true potential. It’s a must-read for any husband who wants to cultivate a mindset of continuous learning and improvement.

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life
Gary John Bishop (Author)
Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop (Author)

Let’s be real – life can be messy, and it’s easy to get bogged down by negative self-talk and limiting beliefs. This book by Gary John Bishop is a no-nonsense guide to breaking free from self-sabotage and embracing your full power as a man. It’s a super book for any husband who wants to conquer their fears and step into their greatness. Make this one a ‘new best friend’ on your shelf at home.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson (Author)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

In a world that often demands perfection, this book by Mark Manson has been a refreshing dose of reality. It’s helped me let go of the relentless pursuit of approval and focus on what truly matters – living authentically and finding joy in the imperfect. I truly recommend this for any husband who wants to cultivate a more resilient, fulfilling mindset.

Expanding Your Horizons

Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover (Author)
Educated by Tara Westover (Author)

This captivating memoir by Tara Westover is a powerful reminder of the transformative power of education and the importance of seeking out new perspectives. It’s inspired me to be a lifelong learner, constantly challenging my assumptions and exploring the world beyond my own experiences.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari (Author)
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (Author)

As a husband and father, I’m always seeking to broaden my understanding of the world and our place in it. Because I often whisper to myself “What the f*** is going on.” This sweeping, thought-provoking book by Yuval Noah Harari has been a revelation, offering a unique, evidence-based perspective on the history and future of our species. It’s a must-have for any husband who wants to expand their intellectual horizons.

Michelle Obama (Author)
Becoming by Michelle Obama (Author)

In this captivating memoir, Michelle Obama shares her personal journey of self-discovery, resilience, and empowerment. It’s been a powerful reminder that we all have the capacity to overcome challenges, embrace our authentic selves, and make a positive impact on the world around us. Great for anyone(not just hubbies) who wants to be inspired and motivated to live a life of purpose and fulfillment.

Improving Your Physical and Mental Health

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
James Nestor (Author)
Breath by James Nestor (Author)

In this fascinating book, James Nestor delves into the science of breathing. He also shows how it can profoundly impact our physical and mental health. It’s been a revelation for me, helping me develop a deeper understanding of the power of conscious breathing and implement simple, yet transformative practices into my daily life.

The Oxygen Advantage: Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques to Help You Become Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter
Patrick McKeown (Author)
The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown (Author)

As a husband and father, I’m always looking for ways to improve my physical performance and overall well-being. This book by Patrick McKeown has been a super good read, teaching me how to optimize my breathing for better sleep, increased energy, and enhanced athletic abilities. It’s a quick read for any man who wants to take their health and fitness to the next level.

The Burnout Workbook: Advice and Exercises to Help You Unlock the Stress Cycle
Amelia Nagoski (Author)  Emily Nagoski (Author)
The Burnout by Amelia Nagoski (Author) Emily Nagoski (Author)

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s all too easy for husbands and fathers to become overwhelmed and burned out. This book by the Nagoski sisters has been a lifesaver, providing practical strategies for managing stress, cultivating self-compassion, and preventing burnout. It’s a great resource for any man who wants to prioritize their mental and emotional well-being.

Exploring New Perspectives

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson (Author)
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Author)

This epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Isabel Wilkerson is a powerful exploration of the Great Migration, a pivotal chapter in American history that transformed the social, economic, and cultural landscape of the nation. As a husband and father, it’s been a humbling and eye-opening read, expanding my understanding of the struggles and triumphs of the human experience.

The Happiness Project, Tenth Anniversary Edition: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and
Gretchen Rubin (Author)
The Happiness Project by Aristotle, and Gretchen Rubin (Author)

In this engaging memoir, Rubin chronicles her year-long experiment to increase happiness in her life. With practical insights and actionable advice, this book offers inspiration for husbands and families looking to cultivate joy and fulfillment in their own lives.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded, Updated)
Timothy Ferriss (Author)
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (Author)

 As for me, finding the balance between work and family life is essential. This is one of my favorite books and it presents unconventional strategies for achieving more with less effort, allowing you to reclaim your time and focus on what truly matters. I simply say, buy this one and re-read it yearly. 

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Shefali Tsabary (Author)
The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary (Author)

Parenting is a journey of self-discovery, and this book guides readers toward a more mindful and compassionate approach to raising children. Through practical advice and thought-provoking insights, Dr. Tsabary empowers parents to nurture their child’s authentic self and strengthen family bonds. Great for expectant fathers or the first year after childbirth and beyond!

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle (Author)
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (Author)

In this spiritual classic, Tolle explores the transformative power of living in the present moment. By letting go of past regrets and future anxieties, husbands and families can deepen their connections, reduce stress, and experience greater peace and contentment in everyday life.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (Anniversary, Updated)
Adele Faber (Author)  Elaine Mazlish (Author)
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen by Adele Faber (Author) Elaine Mazlish (Author)

Effective communication is key to building strong, healthy relationships within the family. It’s so hard to do sometimes because everyone is so busy with their own schedules. This practical guide offers proven techniques for fostering respectful, open dialogue between parents and children, leading to deeper understanding and connection. Listen to the things kids say, you might learn something. I do every day…

More Great Books for Husbands

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Sue Johnson (Author)
Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson (Author)

This book explores the science of love and attachment. It provides practical exercises and insights to help couples deepen their emotional connection and overcome relationship challenges.

The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds
Daniel J. Siegel (Author)  Tina Payne Bryson (Author)
The Whole-Brain Child Workbook by Daniel J. Siegel (Author) Tina Payne Bryson (Author)

As a father, understanding your child’s developing brain can be invaluable. This book offers practical strategies for nurturing your child’s emotional intelligence and promoting healthy brain development.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
John Gottman (Author)  Nan Silver (Author)
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman (Author) Nan Silver (Author)

Based on decades of research, this book offers actionable advice for building a strong and resilient marriage, including communication techniques, conflict resolution strategies, and ways to foster intimacy.

Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility (Enlarged)
Foster Cline (Author)  Jim Fay (Author)
Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline (Author) Jim Fay (Author)

Parenting is sometimes hard, but this book provides practical tips for raising responsible, confident children while maintaining a loving and respectful relationship with them.

The 5am Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.
Robin Sharma (Author)
The 5am Club by Robin Sharma (Author)

I’m an early bird! I’m up at 510am daily This book offers a simple yet powerful framework for starting your day with purpose, productivity, and mindfulness.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey (Author)
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This classic self-help book offers timeless principles for personal and professional success, including prioritizing important tasks, fostering effective communication, and cultivating a proactive mindset.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Dalai Lama (Author)
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama (Author)

In this insightful book, the Dalai Lama shares wisdom and practical advice for finding true happiness and fulfillment in life, regardless of external circumstances. It’s a great reminder to prioritize what truly matters in your journey as a husband and father.

The Finish Line…

There you have it, my fellow husbands – 35 life-changing books for a brighter future in your home… Some of these have profoundly impacted my journey as a partner, father, and overall human being. From strengthening your marriage bond to cultivating a positive mindset, enhancing your intimate connection, and expanding your horizons, this list has something for every husband who’s committed to personal growth and building the best version of themselves. The first step is to get better inside before it reflects on the outside. 

Remember, the key to a fulfilling, lasting marriage isn’t just about finding the perfect partner – it’s about constantly evolving, learning, and investing in yourself. So, buy or borrow some of these books, let them challenge and inspire you, and watch as your relationship and life transform in ways you never thought possible.

I’ll throw this in here too… I’m the author of 4 books on Amazon and know that the ‘art’ of reading books is slowly decreasing, especially in the younger generation. It’s sad because we are avid readers in our home and my boy also loves reading on the sofa. I’ve written a few articles on the benefits of reading for kids and reading to kids as well. I really wish for a world with less tech and more page-turning. 

Happy reading, my friends! Remember, your kids are only young once! So, enjoy every moment you can.

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