Marital Bliss

How to Be Happy Though Married

Maybe this would have been better for Valentine’s Day but Tuesday works for that post holiday let down.  I saw this on display at a museum.  That’s the perfect place for this book.  Unfortunately, though, several public libraries still have copies in their collections.  The title cracks me up!




  1. Retro Hound asks the same question I immediately thought. I know LeHaye and his wife wrote some Christian marriage manuals back in the 1970s & 80s, so perhaps the author is one of them. I know I could just google or wikepedia this, but…well, just laziness I guess.

  2. There are 2 books of the same title on Open Library. The one by someone named Hardy is quite a lot older than the LaHaye. And it is the same LaHaye.

  3. Surely there must be more than one book with this title… the one on Open Library says “Published 1800” and the one on Amazon says “Published 2002” and lists the author as still being alive, which I think is rather unlikely. 🙂

  4. I checked WorldCat, and there is a 1968 edition of the LaHaye book. It’s possible it had a more eye-catching dust jacket originally. There are 209 libraries worldwide that own it. Two Christian universities here in San Diego have it, but I don’t plan to go find a copy.

  5. Yes, there’s two different books with this title – the one on Open Library dates to the 19th century, and then Mr. LaHaye wrote a re-make for the 20th. Neither are to my tastes, but I’ve got to admit it’s an eye-catching title!

  6. It’s got some good advice in it though! At least the stuff that’s thoughtfully underlined in the first chapter of one of the online scans. Be nice to each other, don’t let other people criticize your spouse to your face, etc.

  7. Wow-you wouldn’t think organized churches would try to make marriage sound unhappy. That would be like the NCAA saying “We are taking over the networks for an entire month for “March Tedium.”

  8. Are you sure the cover shown belongs to the 1968 book? It looks a lot more like pre-WWI early 1900s to me — the picture and font both seem to be from that era — and may be the 1900 book referred to in a previous comment.

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