Some amazing books about relationships, intimacy and connection:
Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton
Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts by Mama Gena
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson
It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single by Sara Eckel
Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm by Nicole Daedone
The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Don Miguel Ruiz
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
Keeping the Love You Find: A Single Person’s Guide to Achieving Lasting Love by Harville Hendrix
Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, 20th Anniversary Edition by Harville Hendrix
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy
Polyamory in the 21st Century: Love and Intimacy with Multiple Partners by Deborah Anapol
Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino
The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing by Deepak Choprah
Intimate Communion: Awakening your Sexual Essence by David Deida
The Dance of Intimacy by Dr. Harriet Lerner
Is It Love or Is It Addiction: The Book that Changed the way we Think about Romance and Intimacy by Dr. Brenda Schaeffer
If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl
It’s Just a Fucking Date: Some Sort of Book about Dating by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola
Relationship Strategies: The E&P Attraction by Dr. John G. Kappas
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure by Sherri Winston
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover (for the dudes)
Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks
Learning to Love Yourself by Gay Hendricks
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Together Show – This is absolutely favorite new podcast. When I say favorite, it is because I am completely obsessed. I have listened to at least 1/2 if not 3/4 of the episodes. A former divorce lawyer who is now wanting to find ways to help couples stay together. This podcast talks about what it takes to have amazing love and connection etc, regardless of the type or form of relationship. The host is super real and curious and just GOES THERE with all of the couples he interviews.
Loveumentary – This is a podcast to help people raise their expectations around love. The tagline is “Ordinary People. Extraordinary Love.” The creator went around the U.S. and interviewed the most in love couples. Gives us all hope as to what is possible when it comes to love and relationships.
Sex the Podcast – Project created by myself and my boyfriend to have open, authentic, fun conversations around sex with experts and couples, as well as co-write articles to help you have the best sex of your life and amazing relationships!
Sex Nerd Sandra – Website that teaches about pleasure, sex and communication in a cool and updated way. She has a podcast and blog on her site.
Resources and all around GOOD information to have:
Unbox Love – Subscription ‘date in a box’ service delivered to your front door every month, so that you keep love alive!
Five Love Languages – A super brief quiz you can take to learn about the ways you receive love. My suggestion is for you to think about not only how you receive love, but how you give love as well. Trust me when I say it will help down the line when you think about how your partner may give or receive love … and can be much more intentional in making sure you BOTH feel loved!
Spiritual Bypassing, Relationships, and The Shadow – Article by Bernhard Guenther
Soul Contracts, Twin Flames and Soul Mates – YouTube Lecture by Matt Kahn
6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal – Mark Manson, The Psychology of Life
25 Relationship Resolutions – Article by Catherine Townsend, Elle
Why You’re Not Married – Article by Tracy McMillan, Huffington Post
Models of Open Relationships – Article by Kathy Labriola, Counselor/Nurse
Managing Jealousy in Open Relationships – Article by Kathy Labriola, Counselor/Nurse
What You Need to Know About the One – Article by Dr. Danielle Dowling, Mind Body Green
10 Biggest Reasons Men Resent Their Wives – Article by Kerry Miller, Yahoo Shine
Secrets of Couples Who Have Great Sex – Article by Denise Schipani, Women’s Day
A New Sexual Revolution – Article by Naomi Wolf regarding the Brain/Vagina connection
The Science of Stress, Orgasms and Creativity – Another article by Naomi Wolf regarding the Brain/Vagina connection
The Sexy Revolution – Great website by Layla Martin about pleasure and orgasm and more good sexual stuff!
Bedsider.org – Website with free birth control information, text message reminders and fun/sexy tips shared in their Flirty Fridays column
The Buehler Institute – Sex and Relationship Therapist that offers resources on all things Intimacy!
Center for Healthy Sex – Resources on sex, relationships, love addiction and sex addiction.
Loveisrespect.org – Website with information regarding preventing abuse in love, dating and relationships. They have 24/7 peer advocates available via Live Chat, Text or Phone. Take the Free Healthy Relationships Quiz!
Verizon’s Program to support Domestic Violence Organizations – They have already collected over 10 million phones nationwide, while donating over $18 million dollars to domestic violence organizations.