“Marriage Can Be Forever” (English and Spanish)


Learn how to prepare yourself, find a partner, establish a healthy relationship, and prepare for creating an excellent marriage based on the teachings of the Baha’i Faith…


Marriage Can Be Forever—Preparation Counts!: Walking a Path to a Spiritually-Based Marriage (English) (for Spanish version, see below)

Note: The paperback version of Marriage Can Be Forever--Preparation Counts! 3rd edition is out of print as of December 2017.You may be able to find used copies of the 3rd edition on amazon.com. The pdf version of this 3rd edition is available as the whole original book that includes a full set of the worksheets integrated with it. Also available is a separate set of the worksheets in case that is useful.

Marriage Preparation - Baha'i Faith Based: This is an indispensable, hands-on workbook based on the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith that will first guide your own heart, mind, and soul along the path of self-discovery. Then, it prepares you as a couple through the friendship, courting, parental consent, and engagement processes that lead to marriage. Poetry, prose, spiritual quotations, a couple’s story, insightful perspectives, coaching, discussion questions, cartoons, worksheets, and activities engage you in the enjoyable and practical application of spiritual concepts that apply to the marriage preparation process. Note: The majority of the content is very specific for Bahá’ís or those in relationships with Bahá’ís; the balance is general relationship content.

This book will help you prepare yourself to marry, determine as a couple whether you are complementary for marriage, and if you do marry, this book will help your marriage start off on very solid footing. Why have problems when you can prevent them?!

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Sample Chapter: Chapter 18 – An Even Bigger Family: Being an Intercultural Couple: MarriageCanBeForever-3rdEd-Chapter18-InterculturalMarriageCanBeForever-3rdEd-Chapter18-Intercultural

“A couple should study each other’s character and spend time getting to know each other before they decide to marry, and when they do marry it should be with the intention of establishing an eternal bond.” (On behalf of the Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, #1269)

"Careful preparation for marriage is an essential first step in the preservation of Bahá’í marriage."  (Baha'i World Centre Research Department, Introduction to “Preserving Bahá’í Marriages” compilation, item #3)

Authors: Susanne M. Alexander and Johanna Merritt Wu

Editorial Reviews:

“No better book on the market for marriage preparation! I've recommended this fantastic resource for years, and can't say enough good things about it. Members of the Baha'i Faith are encouraged to assess a person's character prior to marriage, and many don't know where to start. This book if FULL of helpful questions for each partner to consider and share with each other, so that by the end of the book, if you do the exercises, all red flags will be talked through and it will be absolutely clear whether this is the person you want to spend a lifetime with or not. There's no better book on the market to help with this essential prerequisite to marriage!” ~ Susan Gammage, Baha'i-inspired Life Coach

"I purchased Susanne and Johanna’s book, Marriage Can Be Forever, before I was even in a relationship! I viewed it as a ‘first step’ in creating the relationship I’d always wanted and found her book to be comprehensive, humorous, and practical. I remember sitting alone in my apartment on a cold winter day and getting to work on sections 7A & 7B where you list the qualities you bring to a relationship and what you’re looking for in a significant other. That day served as a catalyst for me to get clear and get into action by putting myself out there and connecting with new people. Several months, and a lot of personal growth later, I met the man that I’m now happily married to! After first getting to know each other, I involved him in going through the rest of the book together as we moved closer to getting married. We found it very helpful in addressing things we might not have thought to talk about, or even consider, before such an important commitment. Since then, I’ve recommended their book to friends, colleagues, and clients. I can’t thank you enough Susanne and Johanna for creating such a wonderful resource!!!" ~ Marabeth Reichel Lum, Relationship and Life Coach

Publication Date: 2007 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Marriage Transformation
ISBN: 9780972689
Format: Paperback, eBook: PDF, and Worksheets from the book
Number of Pages: 584
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.5 in x 11 in
Shipping Weight: 3 lb 2 oz


Worksheets from Marriage Can Be Forever--Preparation Counts! Third Edition

49 High quality worksheets on every aspect of marriage preparation. A set of worksheets comes free with every copy of the book.  People who will want to buy this set of worksheets separately are:

  • Someone sharing a book who wants to complete the worksheets
  • When presenting a workshop; you have permission to copy the worksheets for participants

Note:  The book is based on the teachings of the Baha'i Faith.  There is some Baha'i content in the worksheets, but most of the content is suitable for those of any faith.


Additional Resources: Please visit www.bahaimarriage.net, which is also www.bahairelationships.com for many more helpful resources.


SPANISH VERSION: El matrimonio puede ser para siempre  ¡La preparación cuenta!;
Volumes 1 and 2

If you are looking for Marriage Can Be Forever--Preparation Counts! in Spanish, it is available in paperback copy shipping from Spain (countries in South and Latin America should look for a local distributor) at this link:


PDF version available through Marriage Transformation at these links:

Volume 1: 


Volume 2: 



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