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For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House Paperback – July 12, 2016

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031034266X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310342663
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Theresa Diulus on July 12, 2016
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This book is written with so much honesty and truth by both husband and wife. It offers insight into real situations that most people can relate to and isn't just the "do this" theoretical list of how to have a great marriage. It's written with love, sweat and tears and provides so much hope and truth.
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If you're married and you've got kids, then you'll probably want to read this book!

Authors Patrick and Ruth Schwenk have written a book that is for all those busy, harried, exhausted, child-centric couples who have forgotten to take time for themselves, who are missing a spark from their marriages, and who desperately want to get it back!

This is a book that, as the tagline says, is "a vow to love your spouse with kids in the house".

It's all about embracing the chaos! You've got to work together, parent together, and find the time together to focus on just the two of you. Life will get hard. Life will get busy. But you will live through it! It's nothing that you can't handle TOGETHER.

As a new mom, my husband and I have very baby-centered lives, and I think that's the way it should be for right now. But as our daughter gets older, this book will be kept in a prominent place on my bookshelf as a resource and reminder to not get so caught up in the craziness of multiple schedules, financial strain, work, and whatever else comes our way. We have to remember to take time for just the two of us.

I didn't always love the way the book was set up. You've got two people writing together and switching perspectives multiple times throughout each chapter. So as you're reading, you'll see "I (Patrick) did this..." and then "I (Rachel) was very upset that..." And I just wish there was a better way to denote who was talking or have them both "talk" together.

But with discussion questions throughout the book for you and your spouse to go over together, I think this book would be a great choice for a couples Bible study!

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I enjoyed every chapter of this book! Patrick and Ruth seem to address every challenge busy parents face when trying to communicate and nurture their relationship. I loved how they shared real-life experiences I could relate to and understand.

They cover exhaustion, sharing responsibilities, finances, parenting as a team, overpacked schedules, parenting fears, communication and intimacy.

They give Biblical, practical advice to meet these challenges.

Marriage: It’s Not What we Expect, But it is Good
Marriage with Children: A Mess with a Mission
The Missing Vow: Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House
Fanning the Flames: Sex with Your Spouse with Kids in the House
Parenting Together, Not Separately
Grace for Those Not-So-Perfect Moments
Time, Rest, and Rhythm: Making our Days Count
Dealing with Busyness
When You’re Running on Empty
Communicating in the Chaos
Taking the Fight out of Finances
A Test of Your Togetherness: When Life Gets Really Hard
You Will Live through This!

Each chapter ends with a questions for couples to discuss, called Just the Two of Us.

“One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is a healthy, loving, and God-honoring marriage.”

It’s easy to let our exhausting schedules deplete the effort we should be putting into our marriages. But this book helps you evaluate your schedule and relationship.

“As a marriage relationship progresses and time goes by, the temptation to stop pursuing our spouse is likely to set in. When kids come along, it is easy to stop trying.”

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I recently received a copy of For better or for Kids from booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review.
It took me a bit to get into the book to be honest. I thought at the beginning, the two authors jumped back and forth on who was speaking to the point that it made it confusing. It got better the further into the book you got, but I think the book would’ve benefited from some other indication of who was speaking. This might not be a distraction for a lot of readers, but it seemed to be for me.
Looking past that though, I thought the book was very good. It had a lot of common sense advice on how to deal with keeping your marriage going while raising children. The authors touched on all the most important topics and gave personal examples of how they dealt with things.
The book was also scattered with sections called “Just the Two of Us” which are discussion questions for the couple to work on together. These questions talk about what you might be doing right, what you might be doing wrong, and how to improve on things.
Favorite quote of the book was on page 51…”One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is a healthy, loving, and God-honoring marriage. Children will join us on the journey, but we have to be careful that they don’t come between us on this journey.”
And to the authors, Patrick & Ruth Schwenk, Go Blue!
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