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Recommended Reading

We have identified a number of key publications and books regarding marriage. If you have any suggestions please send them to us.

"From Anger to Intimacy" and "The Language of Sex," both by Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

"Love and Respect" has averaged a ranking of #2 for hardcover books among Christian books since its publication. It was also the Family Christian Stores' Book of the Year for 2007, a Gold Medallion Winner, and a Retailers Choice award.

"12 Hours to a Great Marriage," is a hands-on, self-guided book that takes couples through the skills they need to make their love last a lifetime.

The #1 'New York Times' best-selling, "The 5 Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman, which has sold more than5 million copies worldwide.

"The Marriage Book" by Nicky and Sila Lee. Most couples come into marriage with big expectations. As they leave their wedding through a shower of confetti and meander off into the sunset, they cannot imagine ever not wanting to be together. The long-term reality is different and, potentially far better. The Marriage Book is full of practical advice on what builds a strong marriage for engaged and married people. The Marriage Book is easy to read and is designed to prepare, build and even mend marriages. http://www.alpharesources.org/Updated_The_Marriage_Book_P1086C49.cfm.

Free Downloads and Articles: Topics include Should I get a divorce?; When your marriage needs help; marriage and communication; conflict; finances; sexuality; marriage and faith; marriage and parenting. 
http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/articles/booklets.aspx
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"Treat Me Like a Customer" by Louis Upkins. Using simple principles from what works in the business world, you can build more success in your relationships at home. www.louisupkins.com

"The Power of Commitment" by best selling marriage expert Dr. Scott Stanley shows couples the way to active, lasting love through a deep understanding of what commitment can do to and for a relationship. It combines the latest research and the age-old wisdom of the Bible.

"A Lasting Promise" is for anyone seeking a Christian=based and research-informed book that gives hands-on, practical advice.

"You Paid How Much for That?" is a thorough and practical look at finances, what causes so much strain when it comes to finances, and ways to ensure finances actually help a couple grow more intimate.

"Becoming Parents" is designed to help expectant parents get ready for that little bundle of joy (and fatigue, and stress, and conflict).

"The Case for Marriage" is an important and compelling argument against the prevailing post-marriage culture myths in our society as well as an informative argument for the measurable benefits matrimony provides for partners, their children, and their communities.

Quizzes, Kits and Tips

Below you will find a host of fun exercises and interactive tools to help your own marriage, or to share with others who might benefit.

A Valentine's Great Date with "10 Great Dates"
UPDATED FOR 2013

Put the sizzle back in your relationship with a fun Valentine Great Date! Claudia & David Arp, authors of the popular "10 Great Dates" book series, have put together a one-page dating guide that is sure to energize your marriage with fun, intimacy and romance! FREE download.  Visit their website for more info:  http://www.10greatdates.org

Great Marriage Music

There are very few really thoughtful songs about marriage. Chuck White has written the best. Click here to check out his songs now.

Couple Checkup

The price is normally $35 per couple and typically is reduced to $19.95 on www.couplecheckup.com during the week of Feb 7- Feb 14 in honor of National Marriage Week USA.

Any couple (dating, engaged, or married) can take this nationally renowned "Couple Checkup" assessment, developed by PREPARE/ENRICH, which will generate a report for you about your relationship. This is a productive way to have a conversation and move forward with growth and change in ways to strengthen your marriage. Maybe use the results as a topic for discussion on a special weekend retreat or date night--even Valentine's Day! http://www.couplecheckup.com/nationalmarriageweek.html

Take the Five Love Language Quiz!

Take this free, simple quiz, based upon the New York Bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages® by Gary Chapman, with more than five million copies sold. The 5 Love Languages® has helped countless couples identify practical and powerful ways to express love, simply by using the appropriate love language. Many husbands and wives who had spent years struggling through marriages they thought were loveless discovered one or both spouses had long been showing love through messages that weren't getting through. By recognizing their different love languages, they witnessed the rebirth of the love they thought had been gone for good. Take this quiz and share it with your spouse to identify your primary love language. Click here.

Eat, Talk, Play!

A simple way to reinvigorate your daily lives together! Read these 3 simple things you can easily and immediately do.

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"...We should provide the facts about the importance of marriage as a matter of child welfare and economic aspiration. As a society, we have launched highly effective public education campaigns on much less momentous issues, from smoking to recycling... For now, the decline of marriage is our most ignored national crisis..."

Rich Lowry commentary, TIME Magazine, 2012

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