June 1, 2013

The Marriage Challenge

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***Giveaway has ended – see below for winner or for the link to purchase your very own book***

No matter where your marriage stands, we can all do something more to better our relationship with our spouses and communication is key. Strong relationships are built upon good communication and marriage is no exception. But what do you talk about and how can you bring up subjects that are difficult to discuss? How do you start?

That is where the book “The Marriage Challenge – 52 Conversations for a Better Marriage”comes in.

Here is how this book works: there are 52 relationship conversations – one for each week of the year. The goal is find one hour, once a week with your spouse to read the section and discuss the topic. One conversation a week for a year, and the results? A better marriage.

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Each section is fairly short (3-4 paragraphs) and very simple to read. The reading is followed up by discussion topics, questions or conversation starters to get the communication flowing.Topics include discussions of money, children, boundaries, vacation, romance and more. The idea is to never feel limited by the suggested conversations, but to let it be a starting point for  your own topics and thoughts.

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Here is what I love about this book: 

  • The challenge can be applied to ANY marriage. In fact, it is suggested that this be used by marriages that are considered “pretty good”. The authors suggest that with consistent communication your marriage can transform from “pretty good” into “envy-of-all-the-neighbors amazing” and who wouldn’t want that?! 
  • The tone of the book is relaxed. Sometimes when you think about discussions with your spouse things can suddenly turn serious. Often in marriage we do have to discuss serious things, but this book focusses on talking beyond just problems. Discussing hopes, dreams, preferences etc. are part of what should be included in regular conversations with your spouse.
  • The challenge is flexible. If your family calendar doesn’t provide a chance for solid conversation time one week – no worries! Just pick up where you left off and keep going.You can always move through the book at your own pace.
  • This book and the challenges within it offer structure to everyone’s goal of strengthening their marriage. A goal of communicating more with your spouse is somewhat vague without some practical application, which is why this book is so great. The book gives you a place to start and an excuse to start talking too!

As the book itself states: “Better marriages don’t just happen, they take time and work. But you might be surprised at how much you can accomplish in just a little bit of time and just a bit more effort.”

That is all it takes. A little bit of time and a bit more effort. So are you up for the challenge? One hour a week, once a week toward a better marriage.

You can get the book HERE.

or enter our giveaway where one lucky winner will get the book for FREE!

For another great way to get the conversation rolling check out these conversation starters for couples!

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189 Responses to “The Marriage Challenge ”

  1. Emily Laturell says:

    The topic that we need the most at this time in our lives is money…husband is working and I am staying at home with the kids…it causes him stress and me to feel like one of the children begging for an allowance…

    • Amber C says:

      I totally know how you feel! That is what we struggle with as well. Have you found a compromise or any sdvice that has helped you? If you ever need someone to talk to about it I would love to hear from you. None of my friends are in the same situation so it’s hard to vent without them thinking my husband is a total jerk :)

    • Jennifer says:

      Emily,
      Sit down with your husband and explain that you need a “paycheck” weekly/bi-weekly whatever works for your finances. Determine how much you will need to manage the home and have an account for those expenses. Scheduled electronic transfer is easiest and allows you to budget week to week. He will hopefully appreciate not having unexpected requests for money and you will hopefully feel empowered by your financial freedom to run the home.

  2. JennR says:

    What a great giveaway!

  3. Michele Phillips says:

    Fingers crossed!

  4. Christina says:

    We have recently suffered a devastating miscarriage. Prior to (surprisingly) getting pregnant, we were settled with just having the two kids we have now, but ever since we lost the baby, I’ve been thinking that maybe I WOULD like to have another one. He, on the other hand, has said that he doesn’t want to try again. I’ve brought it up to him a a couple of different occasions, and he just smiles and says, “we’ll figure it out…” . OK, I’m sure we will….but when??! I know that if *I* want another one, he will eventually give in to make me happy, but I don’t want him to just give in. I want him to want it, too….just wish I knew how to pull the words out of him instead of “We’ll figure it out….”

  5. Kara says:

    No specific topic but just making sure that we do always have good conversations with each other even when life gets crazy busy and making sure we both make the time to listen to each other.

  6. Paul says:

    I don’t know what we need. However always looking for ways to strengthen my marriage.

  7. misty says:

    My Husband and I offer marriage preparation courses for couples and often work with couples in crisis also. I fully believe if couples would have healthy conversations (during peace times) about setting up and sticking to a budget as well as marriage protecting bondaries with the opposite sex — marriages would be revolutionized!

  8. Carmen says:

    How to transition from being a couple to a family with a young child would be a great topic for us (with how to get started on having date nights)

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hi! My hubby and I would love to do this but you are all sold out on Amazon. Do you have any other places it’s offered?

  10. Sarina Sarina says:

    Stephanie –
    I am looking and I don’t see it anywhere else either. Keep checking back and Amazon and I will ask around to a few more people and see if I can find one for you!


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