Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 3, 2013

Marriage Challenge helps communication

50 fridaysCommunication is a challenge for some marriages.  Once the getting to know you phase of dating ends and the married life begins, conversation, which used to come so easily, hides itself behind the difficulty of learning to live together, discovering each other’s habits and as children come along, time to spend alone with your spouse must be a planned, on purpose event.

Jeff and Lora Helton, authors of “The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge”, have been married for over 25 years.  They created this 50 week challenge to encourage husbands and wives to start a discussion about their relationship, how they define it, their struggles, their strengths, etc.  Some of the questions are simple, like “What is your ‘wildest dream’ vacation?”  Others are more challenging, like “What different expectations create challenges in your marriage?”  Some may cause conflict while others will help you develop intimacy.  Each one will give you an opportunity to work through issues before they arise or do better if they happen again.

Some couples may feel like they communicate well with their spouse.  But just talking to each other may not be all you need to develop intimacy in your marriage.  The well thought out questions in the Heltons’ book will encourage you and your spouse to learn more about each other.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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