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The Couple Checkup: Find Your Relationship Strengths Hardcover – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785228276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785228271
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David H. Olson, Ph.D. is Founder and President of Life Innovations, a twenty five year old company with a variety of products such as the PREPARE-ENRICH program designed to build stronger marriages. A national and international expert, Olson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota where he taught for nearly thirty years. Having written more than twenty books and one hundred articles in the marriage and family field, he has appeared on a variety of television shows including The Today Show,The Early Show, Good Morning America, and Oprah.



Amy Olson-Sigg is a Research Associate at Life Innovations. Currently finishing her master's in marital and family therapy, Amy has co-authored several books including Empowering Couples and served on the Board of Directors as a student representative of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations.



Peter J. Larson, Ph.D. is Vice President of Life Innovations. He worked for several years as Clinical Director of the Smalley Relationship Counseling Center. Larson co-authored several programs including Marriage Mentor and Building Strong Families and has written numerous articles on marriage and family.


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Combined with data and research, the authors give a practical guide to the heart.
David Anderson
I have read several books that I recommend to my people, but I feel this is THE book EVERY married couple should read.
J. P. Weisenhorn
The advice is practical, down-to-earth, and can really make a difference in my marriage.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ron L. Deal on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are lots of opinions about how to improve a relationship (dating, engaged, or married). But this one has solid science to back-up it's advice. Want to know how to really have a better relationship? Do yourself a favor and read this book. I've been a marriage educator and therapist for over 15 years and have followed the research behind this book--it cannot be surpassed. The advice is proven and practical. More than that, you get an online survey of your own relationship (an "x-ray") that allows you to build on your strengths (isn't it nice to know what's going well!) and identify what could be improved. This is true-to-life couple enrichment. This book may put me out of business.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sir Reads-a-lot on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Nice feature - this book includes an online profile I used to get a Checkup on my relationship, with the option for my wife to complete it as well. It's the first thing I did after getting the book.

After getting my Checkup profile, this book unpacked the areas I'm doing well in - and also where I need to improve. It's a very enjoyable book to read and page through. The advice is practical, down-to-earth, and can really make a difference in my marriage.

The coolest feature is the online Couple Checkup, which alone is worth the price of this book. This is definitely a must read for everyone looking to find or build on their relationship's strengths.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2012
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I purchased this for my Kindle, not sure if the Kindle version would come with the free on-line assessment. When the book downloaded to my Kindle, there was no voucher code in it. However, a few hours later Amazon emailed me a voucher code good for a free on-line assessment. So for those of you wondering - yes, you can purchase the Kindle version and still get the free on-line assessment.

I am still in the early stages of reading the book, so this review is not intended to evaluate the book, but so far it looks good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on April 21, 2011
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If you like a cranial way to view a heart issue, this process is for you. Combined with data and research, the authors give a practical guide to the heart. Conversely, the book is filled with a heart approach to help you start from the heart to go deeper with your heart. A great combination for both introverts and extroverts, and thinkers and feelers, to work together to build a stronger and lasting relationship. HIGHLY recommend this book for both healing and growing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Weisenhorn on January 6, 2011
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I have been preparing couples for marriage and helping couples with efforts to improve their marriages for about 10 years. I have read several books that I recommend to my people, but I feel this is THE book EVERY married couple should read. It is easy to understand, straight forward in direction and has solid data to confirm it's posits. READ IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natarajan S on July 16, 2014
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Its got some really good points you wont find in other books. This book is based on statistics collected from nearly 50,000 people , so it's pretty trustworthy. The authors are well experienced in the field , and run the famous PREPARE ENRICH program which supposedly benefited 300,000 couples who took it. I bought the book thinking it would be a substitute for the PREPARE ENRICH program and i would get the full experience the authors have from the above program which is not available in India but i was disappointed on this account.
Good book with plenty of good points, worth having if you looking for a book based on Solid research from surveys and statistics, but it has nothing to do with the famous PREPARE ENRICH program.
I would recommend "Fighting for your Marriage" as a more complete book which covers everything.
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