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101 Tips for a Happier Marriage
Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other
Author: Jennifer Roback Morse
Author: Betsy Kerekes
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: October 28, 2013
101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other offers Catholic couples concise, practical, and at times humorous suggestions for creating and sustaining a more joyful, peace-filled marriage that is steeped in the beauty and mystery of Catholic faith.
Insights from marriage and family scholar Jennifer Roback Morse combine with the stories of young mother and wife Betsy Kerekes to make this a book for any Catholic couple—young or old—wanting to nurture their marriage. 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage is designed to help Catholic couples improve their relationships by making small changes in their habits, attitudes, and spirituality. Suggestions for everything from the most mundane aspects of marital life (housework, budgeting, weekend football) to the make-or-break components (forgiveness, kindness, prayer) help readers to love and appreciate their spouses anew.
"Filled with practical and very doable action items."
“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.”
Host of Catholic Connection
"Wise and practical."
"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.'"
Host of Catholic Answers Live
"I love it!"
"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!"
Host of A Closer Look
"Should be handed out to every couple going through a pre-Cana program."
"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!"
Author of The Catholic Baby Name Book
"Should be read by every married couple and by those planning to get married."
"At last! A good and reliable guide to what it takes to make a marriage work and make it last a lifetime. The authors show us that a successful marriage is more about being good than feeling good. Being a good spouse is about being a good person. Virtue is the key to a happy marriage as it is the key to a happy life. If love is about laying down our life for our friends, marriage is about laying down our life for our best friend. This little gem of a book should be read by every married couple and by those planning to get married."
Author of The Quest for Shakespeare
"A solid, frank presentation to the major issues in any marriage."
"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
"I will be giving it to every new couple I know."
"Finally, a book that combines a deep understanding of the truth of marriage with essential advice about how to make marriage work. Reading this book will make you a better spouse because it will make you a better person. I will be giving 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage to every new couple I know."
Theological Institute for the New Evangelization
St. John's Seminary
"Eye-opening, energizing, and attitude-adjusting."
"An eye-opening, energizing, attitude-adjusting, wake-up-call-of-a-book that every married couple should read and re-read. A power-packed energy drink of marital wisdom and truth."
Founding Editor and President of Catholic Exchange
"Marriage is a sacrament—holy and profound in meaning. But to the person wondering how he or she can continue to live with the stranger on the other side of the bed, the theology of marriage seems a distant abstraction. When the mechanics of a marriage—communication, respect, affection—are broken, a lecture on the theoretical physics of it is of limited value. What you want is a practical toolbox: the words, the gestures, and small everyday acts that can get it running again. This is exactly what is provided in this little treasure of a book. Do this, not that. Say this, not that. Even: think this, not that. Whether your marriage needs only a little tune-up, or a major overhaul, 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage is essential reading."
Editor-in-Chief of Catholic Lane