Book Reviews

These are the books we think will help you create a better marriage.

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  • Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin

    This book helped us learn more about how to “fight” better so that neither of us lose and how to use rituals to stay better connected to each other. The best part though about this book was that it taught us that it is okay to be high maintenance, we want to be available to each other when we’re needed.

  • Now You're Speaking My Language by Gary Champman

    Intimacy is key in marriage but you can’t develop it without communication. In this book we learned how important it was to make time for one another and some ideas on how to improve our communication skills.

  • Nine Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire

    We all have thoughts about our spouse and marriage that drag us down. Some of the things this book helped us with is that: it is often more constructive to work on changing me instead of trying to change my spouse, “we” matter more than “I”, we need to be more concerned about what our spouses thinks instead of what others think, and that sex is important for a strong marriage.

  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

    Sleeping consumes ⅓ of our life… unless we do it badly. This book really helped teach us the importance of sleep and how to sleep better.

  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown

    Essentialism is the practice of learning to say no to anything that stops you from achieving the goals you have set for yourself and family. Most of us end up trying to do everything and we burn out. This book taught us how to not only say no but how to evaluate what is important and what’s not. We can't have it all and we need to decide what we truly want.

  • The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

    Joshua Becker started on his minimalism journey when one day he realized that spending the whole day cleaning his garage instead of playing with his children was probably the wrong decision. A conversation with his neighbour introduced him to the idea of minimalism. This book walks you through each room of your house to help you take steps to declutter your own home. We were already well aware of the idea of minimalism before reading this book, but it did give us some extra motivation to simplify our clothes and take the next steps in our minimalist journey.

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

    A married mother of two, Gretchen, wasn’t as happy as she wanted to be, but she loved her life. She didn’t want to make huge changes, but she did want to be less judgemental and prepare now for future challenges. This book teaches that happiness isn’t something that just happens, through effort you can change your life in ways that will allow you to be happier. She shares how she focused on being less judgemental, worrying less about what others thought, spending money better, paying attention, increasing her energy levels, and acting the way she wanted to feel. This book also helped give us the idea to start our own happiness project but focused on our marriage (The Couple Project).

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