Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Giveaway #2--Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage


So, since I am having so much fun with the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival I thought I'd offer a second giveaway. Make sure you go to that link in case you haven't checked it out--there are over 700 giveaways this week so far!



I am giving away a copy of the brand new book, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage by Mark Gungor.


You can see my review of the book here:


An excerpt:
We live in a dreamland where happily ever after seems to be the goal of marriage. But in reality, marriage is not a fairytale come true - it involves a great deal of work and understanding about the physics of marriage. In this new book, based on his popular marriage seminars, Mark Gungor addresses marriage in an extremely straightforward, yet entertaining manner that will cause readers to think.


After thirty years of speaking on this subject, Gungor knows that one of the main problems is that we don't understand what true love really means. 'People think that if a marriage is meant to be, it will just be. But marriage is like an ox. It's a great, productive thing. But if you are going to have an ox, then you're going to have ox poo. There's no such thing as a poo-free marriage. The problem is, many don't expect to find any poo at all in their marriage, and when they encounter stuff that stinks, they see it as a sign that they married the wrong person.'

How to Enter:
1. Leave me a comment below with a tip for how to have a great marriage.
2. Be sure to leave an e-mail address or way for me to contact you.
3. I will draw a name on Sunday, April 27



Don't forget to enter my other giveaway! ROAR!

46 comments:

Mom said...

Respect and courtesy. Treat your spouse as if you need to impress him with your manners. Politeness goes a long way to avoid arguments or feelings of unimportance.

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Tracey said...

Know what you want as well as what you don't want before you get married!!

The other person WILL NOT CHANGE!

Do one nice thing for your spouse every day!

jskell911 said...

Do not keep score. So many couple do that. They think well I did this so he/she should do that. Never gonna work that way.

James and Andrea said...

I have two (one for each year of my marriage!): 1. talk to each other about EVERYTHING and stay connected to each other's lives 2. go on regular dates and do things to remind yourself of the man you fell in love with.

Andrea

Lisa Sharp said...

Don't nag! :)

Heidi said...

Put God at the center!

Rebekah said...

Well I'm getting married in 10 days so I don't have any firsthand advice yet... but the thing that I've heard the most is to focus on forgiveness & repentance.

rebekah(dot)a(dot)moore(at)gmail(dot)com

Maureen said...

Put each other first and treat the other person like you would want to be treated. I've liked reading others comments- we could all use the advice!

tonsofsons said...

To be a Godly helpmeet to your hubbie. Love and Laugh with him.

Thanks for the chance to win.
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Amanda said...

My tip is to show him lovingkindness just like God shows it to us. I looked up the meaning to that original word the other day and discovered that it meant "A love that is constant no matter what the circumstance." Now, I'm just trying to actually live this out with him!

Hélène said...

My tip is to try not to complain to your friends about him because you would be hurt if he did that with his friends.

Nadine said...

Communication. Which doesn't mean just talking, but listening to what your partner's needs are.

Bonita said...

I've heard it say that marriage is a 50/50 relationship. That's wrong. You have to give marriage 100%.

Mel said...

Laugh. Seriously. My husband and I can laugh at anything. We got a comment at our grocery store two nights ago from the gal bagging our groceries that she had seen us in the week before giggly and being silly. She said that she told her friend about us, saying that she wanted to have a marriage like ours.
Delight in each other, don't be afraid to be silly and don't worry about what others think of you. They might think you a little crazy but they will envy your relationship and your lightness of heart.

Betsy said...

Putting God and your spouse first (easier said than done!).

seven said...

I'm not married yet, but it seems like you have to be able to be real. Like, don't pretend that you never fart or that he never does the dishes... I think honesty is probably the key.

Smilingsal said...

Commitment is the best way to stay happily married. As a former pastor of ours said in jest, "Murder: yes; divorce, no!"
A second suggestion is to ALWAYS stop and look into his eyes when he speaks to you.

Julie D said...

The biblical advice:
Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

Josie said...

My advice: If there's a chore you know your husband (or wife) really doesn't like, you do it instead. It's not that big of a deal and they'll appreciate it. Also, husbands, always kill the spiders, no matter how small they seem. They're scary!

Bunny B said...

Be kind, be supportive and communicate! :)

Gigi Lynn said...

Marry your best friend!

Audra Marie said...

This book sounds good. :) Communication is key. Listening and hearing what they say, not what you think they said, is important. :)

Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

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Happywife84 said...

laughter! A lot of things can be made better if you lol instead of "react"

Kyra said...

I would LOVE this book! Marriage tip from a Family Life marriage conference we went to: a marriage isn't 50-50, both people need to put in 100%

CanCan said...

I would say definitely find some hobby that you can share in common. I have seen bad marriages where all the couple does is coexist and watch TV.

Sarah said...

I would love this book. I have a great marriage but I am always willing to learn how to get through the tough spots with wit and wisdom, and a prayerful heart.

PS said...

Honestly, sex. It is so easy to put off and get resentful about. Anytime I think I'm too tired, I remember how refreshed I get afterwards!

~Tami said...

The last two years, I have been allowing God to change ME, instead of focusing on my husband's faults. It has made a huge difference in our marriage. Suprisingly, while I was allowing God to change me, He was also working changes in my husband! I am so thankful for this!

Karen said...

Bite your tongue and give it up for your husband.

Rebecca said...

Lots and lots of cuddles... :)

Carolynn W. said...

Talk about it...no matter what it is big or small problem, the best thing you can do is talk it through!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Marly said...

This book appears to be utterly appropriate for our marriage. We can make it through anything, as long as we maintain our sense of humor. :)

Suzie G. said...

We could really use this right about now. We arn't married yet, but we've been together for 7 years, lived together for 2 1/2, and have two children. One rule we have is that each of us is responsible for dealing with our own families issues. For example, I thought his mom was letting our daughter eat too much junk when we were visiting them. I talked to him about it. Instead of him telling me to deal with it, or putting me in the ackward position of confronting her, he talked to her about it since she's his mom. Same goes for my sister. When he feels like my sister is doing something that effects us that he's not too happy about, I confront her, not tell him to put up with it.

mommyofmany said...

Christ must be the foundation, and pray together often.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

frugallm said...

Find a hobby you can do together!

Rebecca said...

Putting God first and building your relationship in Him. Also, it's amazing how far a little kindness will go! I love my husband!

gitrecca at gmail dot com

Three said...

spend quality time together, without the kids and just focus on the two of you!

Julie Anne said...

Laughter is a good start. I would love to read this book.

Love God first!!

Husbands, love your wives!
Wives, Respect your husbands!!

Julie
julanne (dot) wilson (at) gmail (dot) com

Jessie said...

Trust is essential. This would be a fun book for my hubby and I to read - please enter me into the hat :) Thank you so much!

Megret said...

Don't forget about the simple things....like holding hands while walking. Sometimes we get too busy to remember those little things! Thanks!
meg.wilson@gmail.com

Lynne said...

I think realizing that people change is important. So many people believe that the person they marry will stay that way for 40+ years...and it just isn't true.

Watch your spouse change, because you are changing too...just make sure you keep up so you don't wake up one day and feel like you "don't know" your husband...

Thanks for doing this giveaway...laughter is so key!

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Reeva said...

respect each other andcommunicate!

Great giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner! :)

ihchicky said...

Truly know the person before you leap into a lifetime of commitment.

Tara said...

My best tip is to have fun together. The fun feelings spill over into the less fun times.

Erica G said...

my best tio is to never leave or go to bed angry. Talk things out. If you need to walk away and can't agree on something, agree to disagree and set a time to talk about it later.

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Anonymous said...

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