Book Review ~ The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge by Jeff & Lora Helton

The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge
One Question a Week. One Incredible Marriage.
Jeff & Lora Helton
Nonfiction - Family & Relationships

About the book: 

Transform your marriage with this revitalizing relationship guide that challenges couples to answer important questions together and grow in mutual understanding.

In our modern, fast-paced society, it is easy for couples to drift apart and suddenly find their marriages in need of serious help. If this sounds familiar, then Pastor Jeff Helton and his wife Lora have a challenge for you: sit down once a week with your spouse to answer a question together. It could be something as simple as “What makes you laugh out loud?” or as deep and challenging as “If you had one day left on earth, what would you say to your spouse?” or “Are you satisfied with our level of physical intimacy?”

The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge is a fun book specifically designed to spark open and honest conversation between partners at any stage of married life. Each short chapter includes an engaging question, a brief message, an encouraging quote, a Bible scripture, and a prayer. The short messages bring hope to rocky marriages by providing a safe, gentle space for discussing important matters, such as communication, conflict, in-laws, finances, children, sex, and much more.

By taking the 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge, husbands and wives will find that their Friday evening talks—whether they laugh together, delve deep into the topic at hand, or plan and dream for the future—may be the only time they spend in close conversation that doesn’t involve the kids, the checking account, or who took out the trash. Spend a few precious moments together once a week with this book, and you will ultimately see your marriage transformed.

My thoughts:

In the introduction of the book Jeff shares that while he and his wife Lora were at the celebration of Lora's parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary he started thinking about what he and Lora would look like at fifty years of marriage. Then that thought transformed from what would they look like to what would they be like. He puts it like this:
Should the Lord allow us to make it to fifty years of marriage, what will we be like at our fiftieth anniversary?
In other words . . . will we finish strong?
  • Will we be thriving? Or will we be surviving?
  • Will we be enjoying an intimate and connected marriage? Or will we be two strangers living in the same home?
  • Will we intentionally be wise in how we spend our days? Or will we foolishly let the months and years pass by? 
With those thoughts in mind Jeff and Lora then issue you a challenge to spend the next fifty Fridays (or whatever day works for you) focusing on a simple question that you as a couple will spend time discussing. The next fifty chapters cover one challenge a week for married couples. Each week starts with a question that may be something fun like, "If you could spend only ten dollars on a date night, what would you do?" Other questions are more reflective and thought provoking like, "If you had only one day left on earth, what would you say to your spouse?"

The next section has corresponding Scripture followed by a short dialog from Jeff and Lora. Then at the end of that week's challenge is usually a beautiful quotation from a well known personality. At the end of the book is a bonus section that has five additional challenges specifically designed for the holidays of Valentine's Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

I love the concept behind this book. Stronger marriages will make us a stronger people. Not only will our homes be better but as a result our nation will be better. I'm looking forward to going through each week with my spouse and also giving several copies to friends and family. I hope you will join us in this challenge!

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