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If you have children at home, discussing marriage without examining the way kids impact your relationship is like trying to explain skiing without mentioning snow. Patrick and Ruth Schwenk address this often-overlooked aspect of marriage head-on in their fine book For Better or for Kids. I wish Lisa and I could have read this thoughtful look at how a married couple can grow closer as their kids grow older when our kids were young. -- Gary Thomas, Author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting ― Gary Thomas, Author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting

In a countercultural move, For Better or for Kids addresses an increasing epidemic in modern American homes---child-centered marriages. With both humor and vulnerability, Ruth and Patrick share how having children changed their marriage---and how learning to focus on each other first not only made them better spouses but also better parents. -- Erin Odom, creator of TheHumbledHomemaker.com and upcoming author with HarperCollins Christian Publishing ― Erin Odom, creator of TheHumbledHomemaker.com and upcoming author with HarperCollins Christian Publishing

For Better or for Kids hooked me as soon as I saw the title. After all, who hasn’t struggled with the balance of all it takes to build a strong marriage---at the same time you’re trying to raise good kids? But here Patrick and Ruth Schwenk offer us so much wisdom and practical advice for how we can love our spouse well and, yes, even with kids in the house. -- Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women.com ― Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women.com

For Better or for Kids addresses a huge problem for many modern parents. We have put our kids before our marriages and it’s costing us dearly. Parenting requires teamwork, but a husband and wife aren’t just co-laborers; they’re lovers. Patrick and Ruth will help you keep the promises you made to your beloved before children came along. -- Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband and Growing Up Social ― Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband and Growing Up Social

For Better or for Kids gracefully tackles most of the common challenges married couples face once children enter onto the scene. With transparency, humor, and practical wisdom, Pat and Ruth share a vital message throughout this book: marriages can still thrive with children in the house. This book is a must-read for any married couple with kids! -- Mike & Carlie Kercheval, cofounders of FulfillingYourVows.com, coauthors of Learning to Speak Life™ Family Bible Study Guide. ― Mike & Carlie Kercheval, cofounders of FulfillingYourVows.com, coauthors of Learning to Speak Life™ Family Bible Study Guide.

After working with couples for over ten years now, I realize the vital need for good resources when a husband and wife welcome kids into their family. For Better or for Kids is the book I have been waiting for to recommend to couples as they transition from kidless married adults to mom and dad. In this book, the Schwenks provide biblical truth as they encourage parents to push through in the middle of the challenges (and blessings) of life with children. -- Scott Kedersha, Director of Premarital and Newly Married Ministries, Watermark Community Church, scottkedersha.com ― Scott Kedersha, Director of Premarital and Newly Married Ministries, Watermark Community Church, scottkedersha.com

Every marriage needs this important parenting book! Children can change things between a husband and wife---for better or worse! This book is a practical and spiritual guide for your marriage as you travel the parenting road. I highly recommend it! -- Kristen Welch, author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World ― Kristen Welch, author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

The pastoral wisdom of Pat and the visionary mothering heart of Ruth come together in these much-needed pages for all of us who find ourselves seeking to build our marriages while growing our families. The Schwenks lovingly show us, from within the trenches themselves, that one doesn’t have to happen to the detriment of the other. The practical wisdom in this book will meet marriages in the throes of parenting and encourage them to keep their eyes on the prize and press on. -- Ruth Chou Simons, mom of six boys, artist, writer, founder of gracelaced.com ― Ruth Chou Simons, mom of six boys, artist, writer, founder of gracelaced.com

If you’re married with children, yet struggling to be a united team, I highly recommend For Better or for Kids. Patrick and Ruth do a fantastic job of offering biblical encouragement and practical tools that will help strengthen your “team us”! -- Ashleigh Slater, author of Team Us: Marriage Together ― Ashleigh Slater, author of Team Us: Marriage Together

In a day when parenting can become just another task-list entry for young couples, Patrick and Ruth Schwenk offer a needed reality check in For Better or for Kids. Theirs is life-learned advice for making the life-changing transition from living like “married singles” to actually being “married with children.” With a been-there, learned- that, humorous and conversational style, they remind couples like them who are wondering, “What just happened?” that this is real life---marriage is unavoidably changed by good parenting, parenting is necessarily dependent on a good marriage, and it is all good by God’s design. -- Clay & Sally Clarkson, authors and speakers on Christian home and parenting, Whole Heart Ministries, Mom Heart Ministry, SallyClarkson.com ― Clay & Sally Clarkson, authors and speakers on Christian home and parenting, Whole Heart Ministries, Mom Heart Ministry, SallyClarkson.com

About the Author

Patrick and Ruth Schwenk have dedicated their lives to local church ministry, as well as online ministry, founding the popular blogs, FortheFamily.org and TheBetterMom.com, and also the brand-new podcast Rootlike Faith. Patrick Schwenk is a pastor of nearly twenty years and the coauthor of For Better or For Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House. Ruth Schwenk is a well-known blogger and author of The Better Mom, The Better Mom Devotional, and coauthor (with Karen Ehman) of Pressing Pause and Settle My Soul. Patrick and Ruth have been married for over twenty years and live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with their four children, two hamsters, and a loyal Labrador retriever. 


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  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 031034266X
  • Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0310342663
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.38 inches
  • Publisher : Zondervan (July 12, 2016)
  • Language: : English
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