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For young adults: Books


Healthy Relationships

  • Relationship IQ Leader's Manual - Hannah Parmelee and Kelly Haer
  • The DNA of Relationships - Gary Smalley
  • Boundaries - Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Relational Intelligence - Steve Saccone


Romantic Relationships

  • The Power of Commitment - Scott Stanley
  • How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk - John Van Epp
  • The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially - Linda J. White and Maggie Gallagher
  • Going the Distance: Finding and Keeping Lifelong Love - Lonnie Barbach and David Geisinger
  • Define the Relationship: A Candid Look at Breaking Up, Making Up, and Dating Well - Jeramy and Jerusha Clark
  • How to Know if Someone is Worth Pursuing in Two Dates or Less - Neil Clark Warren
  • The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman



  • Grown-up Girlfriends: Finding and Keeping Real Friends in the Real World - Erin Smalley and Carrie Oliver
  • A Good Friend: 10 Traits for Enduring Ties - Les Parrott and Leslie Parrott
  • Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties - Carmen R. Berry and Tamara Traeder


Relationship with God

  • God, Freedom & Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture - Ron Highfield
  • My generation: A Real Journey of Change and Hope - Josh James Riebock



  • Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children - Joe S. McIlhaney and Freda McKissic Bush
  • Getting Your Sex Life Off to a Great Start: A Guide for Engaged and Newlywed Couples - Cifford Penner and Joyce Penner
  • Authentic Human Sexuality: An Integrated Christian Approach - Judith K. Balswick and Jack O. Balswick


"I've learned about virtues that are important to develop in order to have healthy relationships."
— rIQ participant

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