June 1, 2013

The Marriage Challenge



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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.


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.


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. Jillian says:

    I have the “envy all of your friends” kind of marriage. (Mostly because I am married to the most amazing man EVER). We talk about everything at great lengths but I think it would be fun to have a specific topic to start with. I love the idea of this book because I do think communication is the key to fabulous. Because we are always talking we know what things irk each other, we know where we stand on stuff and when we have an issue we don’t agree on it’s resolved quickly with a little extra talking.

  2. Sarah H. says:

    I think a good topic would be in-laws and how to meet in the middle. Like how to deal with them without having your spouse get upset.

  3. April says:

    Communication is the key…

  4. Katie says:

    I think fears as a couple would be a great conversation!

  5. Ivana B. says:

    handling differences and how to fight fair

  6. Josie says:


  7. Dana says:

    learning how to speak Respect to the husband and learning each others love language.

  8. Shayna says:

    Id LOVE this book!

  9. Melanie says:

    communication is important in every marriage

  10. Dawn Miears says:

    Love the idea of this book!

  11. Daphne says:

    Expectations for the future. For what it’s worth, I think Cindi above deserves to win, for fighting so hard for her marriage!

  12. Heather W. says:

    I think for us the topic would be parenting because we disagree on how to discipline our kids. Also, for how to make time for us.

  13. Lisa says:

    Definitely communication and setting boundaries

  14. Tiffany V. says:

    Communication techniques!! Finding ways that make us both able to communicate efficiently!!

  15. Angela Martin says:

    This would be so amazing to win! As a navy couple little things like this help during deployment!

  16. Selinda says:


  17. Lisa Stillman says:

    Too often our conversations are surface stuff. I’d like a copy of the book to help us discuss more important issues than work and the daily grind.

  18. Lisa Stillman says:

    I think how to set and work towards goals would be a good topic.

  19. Dawn says:

    Communication and trust are the key to a great marriage!!!

  20. Amy Bateman says:

    So often our deep communication turns into me talking and him listening and doing whatever makes me happy. I’d love ideas to get him to speak up and share his opinions, even if I may not always appreciate them at the time.

  21. Jodie P says:

    would love this for myself and my high school sweetheart husband!

  22. Connie says:

    A conversation around language and how we use it with each other would be nice. We have developed a bad habit in our house of using the word “someone” when the blame is being directed at the partner and need to work around stopping that behaviour. I need this book, I wish I thought my husband would read it with me.

  23. Shari Grigsby says:

    How to spend more quality time together.

  24. Lisa says:

    Honesty and two way communication is something we can all benefit from :)

  25. Aubrey says:

    communication with kiddos…

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