Monday, July 18, 2016

Buy Two Copies & Go Through with Your Spouse {Excellent Resource for Your Marriage}

I was drawn to get this book because my husband & I are in ministry and often find ourselves building friendships and mentoring younger couples (we have been married 19 years and are in our 40's). Don't Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight is truly, truly a must read for couples who have difficulty navigating marriage or find they just don't connect in the way they hoped or desired. And, while I got this book as a resource, it is certainly a book which provided me with some great ideas and reminders within my own marriage!

Here are the best suggestions I can possibly give for getting the most out of Don't Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight:
1. Buy two copies.
2. Buy two notebooks or journals (with each spouse getting one that works best for them).
3. Read through the book a chapter at a time, with the plan to work through the questions at the end of each chapter as a couple, after you have each read the chapter and have answered the questions that our found at the end of each chapter.
4. Create a time to get together as a couple and work through the steps listed in #3 together. Repeat process for each chapter.

This book is meant to be a resource for couples--so, two active participants. It may lead to the couple reaching out for Biblical counseling within their church, or finding a mentor couple who can help them work through any areas of hurt or conflict they can't quite navigate on their own. I do believe that if only one spouse is willing to read this book it can still be a good resource--but please remember to take away what YOU need to do to improve your relationship, and not look for areas that just point our your spouse's flaws (I guess that's also important if you both read it, but especially necessary in the situation of one person reading it). I have already encouraged some friends of ours to purchase and two copies and walk through the book together, and I do consider it a tremendous resource.

*I received a complimentary copy per my honest review.*

Don’t Go to Bed AngryDon’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight (Abingdon Press, June 2016)
A practical handbook on how to fight better—together—for your marriage.
In every marriage, there is conflict. And with every conflict, there is a choice for resolution. Will you ignore the issue until it seemingly goes away? Or will you work together to find peace?
In Don’t Go to Bed Angry, Deb and Ron DeArmond give you permission to fight. Conflict isn’t the problem, after all; the real issue is how we deal with the conflict. Deb and Ron demonstrate how communication through conflict can safeguard—and even strengthen—your relationship. Immensely practical features including worksheets and discussion questions make this a definitive go-to resource to help you start fighting—together—for your marriage.

Deb DeArmondDeb DeArmond is an author, speaker, and coach with a focus on communication, relationships, and conflict resolution. Her writing explores marriage, parenting, in-law and extended family relationships. She is the author of "Related By Chance, Family By Choice" and "I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last." Deb is the founder of Living-Write, where she coaches aspiring authors. She's monthly columnist and feature writer for Lifeway's "Mature Living" Magazine, and has published more than 120 articles online and in print publications. ||**|| Ron DeArmond has a hungry heart for the Word, and has studied the Bible for 45+ years. Ron's call to serve men is evident in his previous ministry positions with Christian Men's Network under Dr. Edwin Lewis Cole and Faithful Men Ministry. Ron is currently the Associate Pastor of men's ministry at Catch the Fire/ DFW and has ministered around the world. The DeArmonds live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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