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101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other Paperback – October 28, 2013
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"As someone who, through the grace of God and a lot of hard work, was able to rebuild a marriage, I can say that this book offers so much to couples who may be struggling. First and foremost, it helps husbands and wives understand the true definition of marriage as God ordained it. Second, it is filled with practical and very doable action items for everyday people with busy lives. If couples truly make an effort to apply the advice in 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage, their relationship--not only with their spouse but also with the Lord--will be the best it can be." --Teresa Tomeo, Host of Catholic Connection
"How can something as wide and complex as marital conflict be addressed by a book so slender and simple? Our culture stresses the wedding day and forgets the married life--until the wheels start coming off and then it's often too late. But there is hope. This wise and practical book is not only for couples who want to make their good marriages great, but even better for couples who, for their own unique and pain-drenched reasons, find themselves tempted to give up on the dream. To Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes go the laurels for this much-needed manual for strengthening men and women for what G.K. Chesterton called the 'duel to the death which no man of honor should decline.'" --Patrick Coffin, Host of Catholic Answers Live
"This is the best assimilation of received and gathered wisdom on marriage I've seen. In short and pithy darts of advice, the authors deliver universal truths in sharp and witty zingers that are at times brilliant revelations and bracing reminders of what we 'can't not know,' but somehow keep forgetting. This book is for every couple preparing for the sacrament and every couple holding up the institution through thick and thin. Bold and practical, this gem is a gift and a guide for everyone in all stages of life. I love it!" --Sheila Liaugminas, Host of A Closer Look
"101 Tips for a Happier Marriage is full of practical, helpful ideas to keep a marriage alive and well. It should be handed out to every couple going through a pre-Cana program. If every couple followed its advice, there would be many more happy and successful marriages!" --Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author of The Catholic Baby Name Book
"At last! A good and reliable guide to what it takes to make a marriage work and make it last a lifetime. …This little gem of a book should be read by every married couple and by those planning to get married." --Joseph Pearce, Author of The Quest for Shakespeare
"The Morse-Kerekes approach to making marriage last is a solid, frank presentation to the major issues that come up or can come up in any marriage. In addition, in the anti-marriage climate of our time, the authors face frankly the arguments given for deviant or alternative ways and directly point out why such views are erroneous. This is a very fundamental approach by writers who know in depth what is at issue for families, Church, and society." --James V. Schall, S. J., Professor of Political Philosophy, Georgetown University.
About the Author
Jennifer Roback Morse, a renowned marriage and family scholar, is the founder and president of the Ruth Institute--a project of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund. She is the author of two books on marriage and economics and her numerous academic and public policy articles are published in such publications as Journal of Economic History, Forbes, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Police, and National Review Online. She and her husband are the parents of one birth child and one adopted child. They live in San Diego, California.
Betsy Kerekes is the author of the popular blog Parenting is Funny. Her professional experience includes journalism and public relations for Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she graduated summa cum laude in writing, with a minor in communications. She also did proofreading and subscriptions management for Patrick Madrid's Envoy magazine, and now she writes weekly newsletters and manages a blog for the Ruth Institute. Kerekes is also the editor and compiler of a desk calendar titled "365 Ways to Enjoy Your Marriage More." She telecommutes from her home near San Diego, where she homeschools her three children.
Top customer reviews
Generally, I try and find a favorite section or chapter in a book to recommend. However, each tip fits on one page, so I have to take a different approach. What I like best about this book is that the book is addressed to the reader. The authors don't give tips on how to improve your spouse so your marriage will be happy. They give you tips on how to improve YOU! There were definitely some tips in here that opened my eyes and made me say, "I do that and I need to stop." Even though I have been married for just under two years and we are still in the honeymoon phase, I want to always have a happy marriage. This book isn't the magic bullet to accomplish that, but it is a no-nonsense practical guide to help along the journey. It would make a perfect wedding gift or a 50th anniversary gift. Five stars!
There's nothing condescending or self-righteous about this work. It's the perfect amount of humor mixed with faith mixed with realism. I've decided that when I have young friends and relatives getting married in the future, I'll be including this with their other gift. It's the right price, the right size, and a great little book to have on your shelf!
You are not.
Your spouse is not."
This little reminder is written on the first page of the book - even before the table of contents. And it is an appropriate phrase for understanding the tone and goal of this work. Each tip simply reminds the reader that in a marriage involving relatively normal individuals, (sans addictions/abuse), there are choices said individuals can make to build the marriage bond and minimize distress.
#9 Concentrate on changing yourself, which you have the power to do. Leave your spouse some room for his or her own growth process. (Commentary follows each tip.)
#37 Always speak well of your spouse, both in private and in public... Say nothing if you truly can't think of anything positive to say.
#64 Listen to the message, not the delivery... Make an effort to look past the bulging arteries and clenched fists.
Great gift for newlyweds and a great refresher for those who have been at it for awhile.