11 Must Read Books For Military Spouses

I love reading. It’s a great distraction from reality, and I learn something new with each page I turn. When my husband left for his second deployment I gathered what military spouse books I could find and dove in. These are my favorites, and I’m even bold enough to say that they are what got me through that deployment.


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  1. The 5 Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts – The 5 Love Languages is an amazing book that has helped many couples learn about their differences, and how to accept them to strengthen their marriage. The military edition helps military couples learn how to overcome differences and difficulties of their marriage from a military life perspective. A must read for every married military couple!
  2. Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives – This book is centered around gaining encouragement during deployments through having faith. It has heartfelt stories and advice given from military wives from all branches of the military. It leaves you wanting more, so thankfully they have a 2nd book: Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
  3. Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul: 101 Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit – All of the books in this list have helped me in so many ways. This book, however, is my all-time favorite. It has me full of tears, laughter, and pride every time I read it. I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul series because they are full of real-life stories that are heartfelt. They also are short stories, so for the busy working wives or moms that don’t have a lot of time, these short stories are easy and quick reads.
  4. Confessions of a Military Wife – The author of this book portrays well the challenges of military life. Reading this book will reiterate to you that you are not alone in this journey.
  5. Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform – This book is great for those new spouses who are trying to gain some traction on what it means to be a military spouse. It has explanations on deployments, moving, benefits, and so much more!
  6. Separated By Duty, United In Love – This book gives good advice on how to cope with challenges of military life. The author lists specific examples of struggles we all face, and ways to overcome them.
  7. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families: 101 Stories about the Force Behind the Forces – My story Fly was published in this book, so I may be a little biased, but for the same reasons as #3, I just love the Chicken Soup series and all that they have to offer. For every Military Families book purchased some proceeds will go to helping the USO. What military spouse doesn’t love the USO?
  8. You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse – This book had me crying and laughing at the same time! Sprinkled with scripture references, quotes, real experiences, and great advice, Jen McDonald knows what being a military wife is like and portrays it well in her book.
  9. 1001 Things to Love About Military Life – This book is one of my favorites! I started reading it on a dark day during a deployment and I couldn’t put it down! By the end of it my heart was swelling with pride. It just simply lists aspects of military life experienced by no other, but it had me nodding in agreement on every page.
  10. Journey of a Military Wife: Dedicated: Steps of Faith in God’s Plan – This book has some amazing insight into how you can tie religion into living military life. If you’re religious then check out this book. It definitely can provide some peace and comfort during those difficult days.
  11. Navy Woman – If you’re a fan of Debbie Macomber then this book is for you! Her work is fiction, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break and get lost in a good fiction romance story. This one is centered around military loves. She also has a book called Navy Wife

One thought on “11 Must Read Books For Military Spouses

  1. Jen

    September 21, 2017 at 1:45pm

    Thank you so much for the mention! Blessings, Jen McDonald

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  2. rain

    June 4, 2017 at 5:52pm

    I have lots of family members including my father who served in the military and have plenty who are currently active including my cousin’s son who JUST enlisted so I’ll pass this list onto them.

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  3. Louise

    June 4, 2017 at 1:56pm

    These sound like fantastic books. I may have to pick some up as gifts for my friends with husbands in the military 🙂

    Louise x

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  4. Jay Colby

    June 1, 2017 at 11:58pm

    Great list. These all seem like great reads!

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  5. Kylie

    June 1, 2017 at 8:38pm

    It must be horrible not having your husband home. I love reading too. Some great tips for books. My fav book is a thousand splendid suns

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  6. Elizabeth O.

    May 23, 2017 at 3:17pm

    These all sound like great books to help military spouses cope with the lifestyle or just to help them realize that they are not alone. I think it’s nice that you shared this list.

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  7. Claudia Krusch

    May 22, 2017 at 11:30am

    Love your list! I will share with a friend whose husband is in the military!

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  8. Ana

    May 22, 2017 at 9:09am

    Ah it must be hard to be separated from each other for such long periods of time but good to know these books have helped. I will recommend them to friends x

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  9. Cynthia Nicoletti

    May 21, 2017 at 4:02pm

    So nice that you are sharing a article for the spouses of the Military. Sometimes I am sure it must be very hard.

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  10. Akamatra

    May 21, 2017 at 7:21am

    That’s a great list! I will sure pass this on to my friends with husbands enlisted.

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