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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Recent Comments

189 Responses to “The Marriage Challenge ”

  1. Jessie says:

    What a great book!

  2. Elaine says:

    What are some things that I can do to make you feel more loved and appreciated? In theory we all know that we are loved and appreciated by our spouse, however, in reality we often feel unappreciated and taken for granted. If we could find a way to be more open about this topic I feel that it would definitely strengthen even the best of marriages!

  3. A conversation that would help my marriage would be on how we could keep up the housework daily so we could spend more family time on the weekend.

  4. Kristi says:

    This book looks awesome and doable. For something as important as strengthening your marriage, anyone can find an hour a week. Would love to win it! Thank you!

  5. Heather E. says:

    Goal planning would benefit us the most.

  6. Kaeley says:

    I think a great conversation starter would be to ask each other what the other’s opinion is on a particular view.

  7. Stacey says:

    What’s the next step in our relationship. We have jobs, we had kids, we’ve got the house…now what about us?

  8. Mary Lampley says:

    How do we keep our love strong

  9. Janae says:

    Expectations, boundaries, and hopes/dreams for the future

  10. Janae says:

    Expectations, boundaries, and our individual hopes/dreams for OUR future

  11. Nicole Voth says:

    What things do you want to do together when we are retired?

  12. Amy H. says:

    This book would be really great to read. I think talking about future plans and dreams would be beneficial.

  13. Mari says:

    This sounds great! Thanks.

  14. lindsey says:

    how to better deal with conflict

  15. How are we doing now on meeting each other’s needs?

  16. Rebecca says:

    I love books like these. It really helps to get to know each other on a different level.

  17. Jennifer says:

    This sounds awesome!

  18. Chelsea says:

    “How can I make you feel appreciated” would be a topic in our house!

  19. Laura McCollum says:

    I desire deeper communication with my husband about issues that truly matter. I imagine this book will be really helpful for that. Thank you for sharing such great resources with us to strengthen our marriages!

  20. Linda says:

    How can I better meet your needs?

  21. Traci says:

    I would love to have this book for my husband and I to use.

  22. Tracie F says:

    I would love to read this book.

  23. crystal Douglass says:

    I think a good topic would be hopes/dreams for our future.

  24. Amanda says:

    A great topic would be about balancing it all, between work, the kids, family and friend events, household work it seems like couple time gets put to the back burner.

  25. Mel Hoffman says:

    If our home were hit by a tornado/hurricane/flood/fire, and we lost everything material that we own, but everyone in our family were safe, how might that change our relationship/family – good and bad?


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