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Marriage Growth and Assessment

The COUPLE CHECKUP: Find Your Relationship Strengths
 by David H. Olson, Amy K. Olson-Sigg, Peter J. Larson
The Couple Checkup provides a guide for you to better understand your relationship; whether you are dating, engaged or married. With a FREE Online Individual Profile to go along with the book this is a perfect way to give your relationship a Checkup!
 
Drawing on over 35 years of research and the responses of over 50,000 couples, The Couple Checkup explores issues such as communication, finances, sexuality, spirituality, and parenting. You will compare your results with other couples and learn principles for strenghtening your relationship with one another.

The REMARRIAGE CHECKUP: Tools to Make Your Marriage Last A Lifetime
 by Ron L. Deal, MMFT and David H. Olson, Ph.D.
Buy 10 or more books for only $16.00 each (a savings of over 30% off)
Vital Remarriage Advice from Stepfamily Experts
The leading Christian remarriage authority, Ron L. Deal, teams up with David H. Olson, founder of PREPARE/ENRICH, to give couples vital remarriage advice.
 
Backed by the world-renowned PREPARE/ENRICH program—and supported by the largest remarriage survey ever conducted--The Remarriage Checkup explores issues such as communication, finances, sexuality, parenting, and spirituality.

Preparation for Marriage

Preparing for Marriage: Discover God's Plan for a Lifetime of Love
David Boehi, Brent Nelson, Jeff Schulte and Lloyd Shadrach
Preparing for Marriage includes eight sessions of fun, romantic study that will help couples identify areas for growth in their relationship and start them off on the right foot before they walk down the aisle. Couples will learn how to discern God’s will for their relationship, to handle finances and plans for the future, to clarify their roles and responsibilities, to develop a loving sexual relationship, to deal with family histories and past issues, and much more!

Facebook and Your Marriage
by K. Jason Krafsky and Kelli Krafsky
Written by a couple who use Facebook to strengthen their own relationship, Facebook and Your Marriage isn't a how-to manual by professionals...it's a here's how guide for married people who want to know the best ways to use Facebook and not put their marriage at risk. Facebook and Your Marriage is full of answers, tips, and insights for how to use Facebook, protect your marriage, enhance your relationship, and deal with the many issues and situations that can come up on the world's most popular online social network.

With a full-color layout that mimics an online discussion board, readers can quickly find answers to more than 120 questions and issues married Facebookers encounter on Facebook.

Biblically based Financial Resources

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
by Dave Ramsey
Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. "Don't even consider keeping up with the Joneses," Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. "They're broke!"

The Total Money Makeover isn't theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you.

The Treasure Principle Bible Study: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving
by Randy Alcorn and Brian Smith
Readers of Randy Alcorn's bestseller The Treasure Principle encountered a revolution in material freedom and generosity that utterly changed their quality of life. In this companion Bible study, the principles become personally applicable and more real than ever, with a powerful combination of biblical concepts, practical quotations from the book, thought-provoking questions, group discussion starters, and short Scripture passages for meditation and memorization. Managing God's investment in their lives will become a new delight, as Christians learn to put their resources to their most rewarding use.

Biblical Roles for Husband and Wives

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs
A Simple Message A wife has one driving need—to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need—to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.
A Message That Works Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love and Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other. What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect.

The Love Dare
by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

The Love Dare, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage.

Step-family Resources

Smart Stepfamily, The: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family
by Ron L. Deal
Ron Deal explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses Honor families of origin while developing new traditions Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results

Family Rules: Helping Stepfamilies and Single Parents Build Happy Homes
by Jeannette Lofas
Would you like to create a well-run family team where you are the leader? Would you like to come home to a house where everyone says "please" and "thank you," shares housework and enjoys dinner together? Do you long for a homelife where children feel loved and cared for and you feel respected and in control? The Secret is in Family Rules---straightforward, no-nonsense principles and essential solutions for making house rules work.

One Plus One Equals Ten: A First Lady's Survival Guide for Stepmoms
by Janice R. Love
With honesty, humor, and compassion, Janice R. Love recounts her experiences as a mom, stepmom, and pastor’s wife in One Plus One Equals Ten: A First Lady’s Survival Guide for Stepmoms. Tackling tough questions, One Plus One Equals Ten offers real life examples, faith-based inspiration, and practical tips and strategies for both new and struggling stepparents. If you are thinking about dating or planning to marry someone with children, or have already married and are having difficulty adjusting to “living-in-step,” this book is for you! Includes Useful Tips and Resources: • Certified Stepfamily Coach and experience-based suggestions and strategies • Relevant and inspiring Bible verses • Over a dozen recommended references for stepparents

Enriching Your Marriage

10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters
by David and Claudia Arp
A simple dating plan that is sure to revive romance and rejuvenate the fun quotient in your empty-nest marriage It's just the two of you again and it's time to renew your relationship. You can reconnect and reclaim that same spark, excitement, and creativity you experienced before you had kids through ten innovative, fun dates guaranteed to spice up your marriage. Specially crafted for empty-nesters, these dates are based on marriage-enriching themes, such as * Becoming a couple again * Rediscovering intimate talk * Revitalizing your love life * Growing together spiritually * Relating to adult children * Becoming best friends 10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters will fill your empty nest with fun, friendship, and romance.

52 Fantastic Dates for You and Your Mate
by Claudia Arp and David Arp
52 Fantastic Dates for You and Your Mate is a wonderful tool for those who want to make their marriage come alive with fun, laughter, and good times together. "Will dating make a difference in your marriage?" ask the authors. "Our answer is an emphatic 'Yes!'"

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