101 Tips for a Happier Marriage

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage
Kerekes, Betsy
$13.95

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.

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9781594714467
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2013-11-11
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16 Marriages That Made History

16 Marriages That Made History
$17.95

When we think of famous persons in history, we usually remember their great deeds in the areas of science, politics, art, etc. But for some, their greatest achievement in life was not played out before the public, but rather took place within the private sphere of their marriage. The world may remember them for their extraordinary gifts and accomplishments, but they, at the end of their lives, were most mindful of their greatest love: their spouse. This book honors the hidden love adventures of several famous persons in history. It offers concrete examples of marriages that transformed these well-known individuals in deep and personal ways. These are not fairy tales of marriages "made in heaven;" they are stories of real people with real struggles, who, through their marriage, were challenged, strengthened, and encouraged to grow in their capacity for love. In this book, you will learn: How marriages can grow stronger through time, how marriage can provide tremendous strength for facing life's difficulties, how people with very different personalities can be completely united in marriage, how one woman's selfless love saved her marriage, how a queen learned to put her husband and her marriage ahead of power, how one couple's united search for truth led them to embrace the Catholic Faith. This book will help to restore your confidence in the power of marriage. It is recommended for those just starting out on their marriage journey, as well as for those already well advanced along the path. Gerard Castillo is a professor of Education at the University of Navarra, Spain, where he teaches courses in education, marriage, and family. He is the author of over thirty books on these subjects.

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365 Dates to Renew Your Christian Marriage (Catholic Edition)

365 Dates to Renew Your Christian Marriage (Catholic Edition)
Nygaard, Dana
$20.00

365 Dates to Renew Your Christian Marriage (Catholic Edition) is filled with a year's worth of intriguing questions that will help deepen your marriage. Every date was written to help enhance your date nights by bonding you and your spouse through emotional and spiritual intimacy. This book is written for Catholics who want to learn more about their spouse all while grounding their marriage further in Christ. Every question was written to help support and create conversation that would lead you and your spouse to true fulfilling intimacy. Written in an easy Ready, Set, Go format, the dates are designed for you and your spouse to draw closer with one another as your date continues. Purchasing 365 Dates to Renew Your Christian Marriage (Catholic Edition) gives you and your spouse a new spark within your marriage by creating thought provoking conversations just like you had when you first met.

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9781736683804
Publication Date: 
2021-08-30
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4 Seasons of Marriage

4 Seasons of Marriage
Chapman, Gary
$15.99
Spring, summer, winter, fall. Marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another--perhaps not annually, as in nature, but just as certainly and consistently. Sometimes we find ourselves in winter--discouraged, detached, and dissatisfied; other times, we experience springtime with its openness, hope, and anticipation. On other occasions, we bask in the warmth of summer--comfortable, relaxed, enjoying life. And then comes fall with its uncertainty, negligence, and apprehension. The cycle repeats itself many times throughout the life of a marriage, just as the seasons repeat themselves in nature.

The seasons of marriage come and go. Each one holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges. The purpose of this book is to describe these recurring seasons of marriage, help you and your spouse identify which season your marriage is in, and show you how to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.

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9781414376349
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2012-09-01
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Amazing Grace for Married Couples

Amazing Grace for Married Couples
Cavins Jeff Pinto Matthew Armstrong Patti
$13.99

Every marriage hits rough spots. The question is, how will you face those challenges? Amazing Grace for Married Couples features stories of couples who faced what seemed like insurmountable challenges, but through the grace of God found the strength and love to become closer than ever before.

In these pages, you will meet: 

● A husband and wife whose mutual infidelities threatened to tear their marriage apart. 

● A materialistic couple whose professional success could not fill the emptiness of their hearts. 

● A marriage that began lovingly but nearly ended in divorce as a result of a gambling addiction. 

● A husband whose addiction to pornography devastated his wife and family. 

These powerful stories of redemption truly celebrate marriage as a covenant of God’s love. They will fill your heart with hope and give you the faith to persevere in times of difficulty. Experience the amazing renewal God can work in the lives of ordinary couples.

Amazing Grace for Married Couples will deepen your commitment to marriage like no other book. This is a collection of inspiring stories about renewed relationships that were once on the brink of disaster. While most people would have written these couples off as hopelessly incompatible, through the grace of God, they overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. As a result, every couple is more in love today than they were on their wedding day. In this book, you will experience how God's grace healed: ? A marriage that began lovingly but quickly sputtered out when the young wife became addicted to gambling. ? A wife whose addiction to romance novels undermined her relationship with her family and led to much heartbreak. ? A man and wife who discovered they had both been unfaithful to each other. When their lack of trust in each other turned them into virtual strangers, divorce seemed the only option.
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1932645799
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2005-09-15
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Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples: A Faith Full Love

Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples: A Faith Full Love
Anders, Isabel
$14.99

Here is the perfect resource for encouraging married couples to engage in the spiritual discipline of daily prayer as a means of affirming the blessings and intimacy of their relationship.

The seven sections of the wedding vows serve as the framework upon which hang the enduring values that need to be renewed through the decades with scripture, reflections, and questions.

This inspiring book provides an aid to couples for continuing to find praying together a natural act for a lifetime of love. It will make a thoughtful gift, whether for newlyweds, couples celebrating their anniversaries, or Marriage Encounter participants.

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9780764827389
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2016-05-01
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By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride

By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride
Von Hildebrand, Alice
$14.95

"Because of human imperfections, difficulties crop up in marriage, even between people who love each other deeply. You'll soon find that for this reason, although love is a gift, it must also be learned."

So begins this remarkable book of letters to Julie, a young bride -- letters that reveal the beauty and importance of high ideals in marriage while teaching you practical tips to help you live up to those ideals daily.

You'll learn how to grow in wisdom and in love as you encounter the unglamorous, everyday problems that threaten all marriages. As the author says: "If someone were to give me many short bits of wool, most likely I would throw them away. A carpet weaver thinks differently. He knows the marvels we can achieve by using small things artfully and lovingly. Like the carpet weaver, the good wife must be an artist of love. She must remember her mission and never waste the little deeds that fill her day -- the precious bits of wool she's been given to weave the majestic tapestry of married love."

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9780918477514
Publication Date: 
1997-06-01
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Catholic Church Saved My Marriage: Discovering Hidden Grace in the Sacrament of Matrimony

Catholic Church Saved My Marriage: Discovering Hidden Grace in the Sacrament of Matrimony
Anders, David
$17.95

"The Catholic Church saved my marriage
and, quite possibly, my life."

So begins David Anders in this remarkably forthright book. In it, David reports that by the early 2000s, his marriage was so painful he actually longed for death. It wasn't simple incompatibility; he and his wife had just one thing in common: contempt for each other.

Today, David and his wife are happy together - not because of marriage therapy, but because they came to know and fully embraced the Catholic Church's teachings on marriage.

Many people who encounter such teachings are shocked by their rigor. Yet the Church offers much more than rules about sexual restraint; she offers a way to make marriage into something supernatural, even mystical.

Here Dr. Anders shares his personal discovery of the Church's teaching on marriage and offers a robust defense of the Church's most controversial teachings, including divorce, remarriage, gay marriage, and contraception.

With the Church's teachings and the writings of the saints as his guide, he also offers practical, time-tested ways to improve your marriage, such as how to live in peace despite an unhappy marriage, the value of suffering, and ways to overcome your reluctance to forgive grave offenses.

In a culture that breaks apart marriages and undermines human dignity, Dr. David Anders offers a hope-filled alternative for those who live moral and spiritual lives in union with Christ and His Church.

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9781682780527
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2018-06-04
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Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why

Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why
Franks, Angela
$7.95
Providing a comprehensive understanding of the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception, Angela Franks, PhD, an experienced pro-life speaker and educator, explores how to live in accordance with Catholic sexual teaching and equips readers with the knowledge to explain the teaching to others. This understanding addresses Church history and the prevailing ideologies of today's mainstream society. Sociological data, vignettes of real life couples, a brief summary of natural family planning (NFP) and NaPRO Technology, and allusions to Theology of the Body are included.
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9780819816382
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2013-11-01
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Couples, Awaken Your Love

Couples, Awaken Your Love
Sarah, Robert
$15.95

With the luminous insight that we have come to expect from his writings, Robert Cardinal Sarah helps spouses rediscover the deep source of their love--God Himself--and the means for letting love between them grow.

This book presents the essentials of a retreat that the cardinal preached to married couples in Lourdes, France. It is meant for all couples, including those who are struggling. There is a path to renewal for everyone, and couples in every situation can find again the preciousness of the love that binds them, no matter how hidden it may be.

We are all, without exception, called to joy, and Christ alone can give it to us. He works through his Church, through the sacraments, and through his saints--especially Mary, the Mother of God, who heals couples.

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9781621644828
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2021-08-16
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Covenanted Happiness

Covenanted Happiness
$19.95

This book demonstrates that marriage, contrary to the caricature of our permissive modern society, actually deepens, matures, and makes permanent your personal happiness. Cormac Burke candidly and charitably discusses sexual identity in marriage and family life, family planning, divorce, contraception, the value of children, the family in today's society, and more. He clarifies and defends Church teachings, showing that only following the Church's guidance saves married couples from misery and brings them true happiness. Ideal as a gift for newlyweds and for marriage preparation courses.

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9789966751072
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Discernment of Spirits in Marriage: Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives

Discernment of Spirits in Marriage: Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives
Gallagher, Fr Timothy
$14.95

To navigate the inevitable ups and downs of our spiritual lives, countless souls have found comfort and guidance in St. Ignatius of Loyola's Rules for Discernment. For the past forty years, popular retreat master and author Fr. Timothy Gallagher has been at the forefront of making St. Ignatius's Rules understandable and applicable to hundreds of thousands of Catholics seeking greater sensitivity to the "movements of their souls.

Now Fr. Gallagher returns with a more focused mission: to help you apply these rules to your role as a husband or a wife.

In Discernment of Spirits in Marriage, Fr. Gallagher aims to free you from discouragement and assist you in finding peace in your spiritual life and in your marriage. He will help you determine what is of God and what is not and will show you how the enemy works to discourage you in your daily spousal interactions in order to undermine both your spiritual growth and your marital bond.

Best of all, you'll learn what to do about it!

With St. Ignatius and Fr. Gallagher as your guides, you'll learn:

  • How to identify and remove spiritually harmful habits
  • The eleven forms of spiritual desolation -- and the four things you must do to combat it
  • Why God permits spiritual dryness
  • The easiest way to resist temptation
  • Your marriage's most vulnerable place -- and how to strengthen it
  • The four tactics of the enemy -- and the grace-filled responses you can offer to each.
  • The five ways in which God strengthens husbands and wives who seek to grow spiritually
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9781644133477
    Publication Date: 
    2020-09-10
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    Empowered Wife, Updated and Expanded Edition: Six Surprising Secrets for Attracting Your Husband's Time, Attention, and Affection (Updated and Expande

    Empowered Wife, Updated and Expanded Edition: Six Surprising Secrets for Attracting Your Husband's Time, Attention, and Affection (Updated and Expande
    Doyle, Laura
    $18.95
    Can a wife single-handedly bring a boring or broken marriage back to life? This improved and expanded edition of Laura Doyle's acclaimed First, Kill All the Marriage Counselors features real-life success stories from empowered wives who have done just that--and provides a step-by-step guide to revitalizing your own marriage.

    Laura Doyle's marriage was in trouble, and couples counseling wasn't helping. On the brink of divorce, she decided to talk to women who'd been happily married for over a decade, and their advice stunned her. From it, she distilled Six Intimacy Skills--woman-centric practices that ended her overwhelm and resentment, restoring the playfulness and passion in her marriage.

    Now an internationally-recognized relationship coach, Doyle has shared her secrets with women around the globe, saving thousands of marriages with her fresh, revolutionary approach.

    Practical and counter-intuitive, the Six Intimacy Skills are about focusing on your own desires and transforming your own life--not bending over backwards to transform your husband.

    Incorporating these skills will empower you to:
    Attract his attention like a magnet when you relax more and do less
    Receive affection not because you told him to make more of an effort, but because he naturally seeks you out
    Feel more like yourself--and like yourself more

    If you've been trying to "fix" your relationship and it's not working, maybe the problem was never you, or your husband, or even the two of you as a couple. Maybe the problem is that nobody ever taught you the skills you need to foster respect, tenderness, and consideration.

    With humor and heart, The Empowered Wife shows you how to improve your relationship in ways you hadn't thought possible. You'll join a worldwide community of over 150,000 empowered wives who finally have the marriages they dreamed of when they said "I do."

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781637742266
    Publication Date: 
    2023-01-10
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    Five Love Languages Secret to Love That Lasts

    Five Love Languages Secret to Love That Lasts
    Chapman, Gary
    $16.99

    Over 20 million copies sold!

    A perennial New York Times bestseller for over a decade!

    Falling in love is easy. Staying in love--that's the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

    In the #1 New York Times international bestseller The 5 Love Languages(R), you'll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman's proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner--starting today.

    The 5 Love Languages(R) is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

    Includes the Love Language assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802412706
    Publication Date: 
    2015-01-01
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    For Better Forever (Revised, Expanded)

    For Better Forever (Revised, Expanded)
    Popcak Greg and Lisa
    $23.95
    "From this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part."

    That all sounds great, we say, but is a "for better, forever" marriage even really possible? Especially today, in a world where even the definition of "marriage" is unclear.

    In this new, revised and expanded edition of the best-selling book For Better...FOREVER, Dr. Greg and his wife Lisa Popcak answer the question with a resounding "yes." It IS possible, not just in theory, but in your own life, and your own marriage - whether it has just begun, or you've been married for years.

  • Not a "marriage master"? You can learn how to become one.
  • Don't know what a "for better FOREVER marriage looks like? It could be yours.
  • Wonder how you got "here" and where to go now? This book will show you the hidden pathway to happily ever after.
  • Have you "lost that lovin' feelin?" The road to intimacy is closer than you think.
  • For Better...FOREVER has helped couples all over the world discover the joy, intimacy, and satisfaction that can be achieved by integrating cutting-edge psychology with a clear articulation of the Catholic vision of love and marriage.

    Get started on your own For Better...FOREVER marriage today.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781612789064
    Publication Date: 
    2015-09-01
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    For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House

    For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House
    Schwenk, Patrick And Ruth
    $16.99

    The transition from "married" to "married with children" can be tough. Before they know it, a once youthful and energetic married couple finds themselves in a minivan loaded with noisy kids and littered with Cheerios, crusty Sippy cups, banana peels, and missing library books. As much as you love your children and work hard to nurture and train them for the future, the challenges that come with parenthood can make the "for better or for worse" promise a hard one to honor.

    For Better or For Kids will enable couples to:

  • Build a God-centered marriage instead of a Child-centered or Me-centered marriage
  • Avoid the dangers of spouse-neglect and self-neglect
  • Effectively communicate in the chaos
  • Explore ways to parent together as one team
  • Find balance in the busyness
  • For Better or For Kids is about remembering that even when you feel worn out, over-extended, and neglected, you promised to be a team. Marriage with kids may not always be what we expected, but it is good. We need to make a vow to love our spouse with kids in the house.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780310342663
    Publication Date: 
    2016-07-12
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    Forever (Marriage Devotional)

    Forever (Marriage Devotional)
    $15.95
    Get your marriage off to a great start--or renew the marriage you've shared for years--with this six-week devotional for couples, which takes inspiration from Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Experts Jackie François Angel and Bobby Angel will teach you how to pray together as a couple, opening you up to the wonders that God bestows on your marriage.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780819827432
    Publication Date: 
    2017-09-01
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    Holy Habits from the Sacred Heart: Ten Ways to Build Stronger, More Loving Relationships

    Holy Habits from the Sacred Heart: Ten Ways to Build Stronger, More Loving Relationships
    Jaminet, Emily
    $15.95

    Jesus invites you to experience his love through devotion to his Sacred Heart, a powerful source of spiritual and personal healing that can also transform your relationships with family, friends, and others around you.

    In Holy Habits from the Sacred Heart, Emily Jaminet--executive director of the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network--identifies ten habits and virtues that come from the Sacred Heart. She also shows how you can intentionally practice these virtues in order to get closer to Jesus and strengthen the relationships that are most important to you.

    Having Jesus at the center of family life isn't reserved for the pious; it's a form of practical spirituality that is open to everyone. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been a cornerstone of Jaminet's life bolstering the faith of four generations of her family members. In this book she shares her own story as well as the real-life experiences of regular Catholics whose families have been changed for the better by the love and virtue that came from devotion to the Sacred Heart.

    The habits and virtues include:

  • Encounter the King: welcome Jesus into your home with the virtue of docility;
  • Welcome the Light: have courage to rid your heart of shame;
  • Let Go of the Need to Control: rediscover the liberating virtue of humility;
  • Put Jesus at the Center of Relationships: experience the release of forgiveness; and
  • Live in the Kingdom of Peace: experience the transforming power of prudence.
  • Each chapter includes a prayer, reflection questions, and wisdom from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque--who began the Sacred Heart devotion--and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781646802180
    Publication Date: 
    2023-04-24
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    How to Heal Your Marriage: And Nurture Lasting Love

    How to Heal Your Marriage: And Nurture Lasting Love
    Popcak, Greg
    $19.95

    God has put you and your spouse together for a reason -- and it's not to argue. You are bonded together to cultivate in each other those virtues that lead to sanctification. That's why this book isn't just about saving your marriage -- it's about transforming it into a joyful, loving relationship.

    In these pages, acclaimed author and psychotherapist Gregory Popcak shows you how to heal the hurt in your marriage and develop the crucial habits necessary to resolve conflicts, renew the love you once had, and discover the passion you always wanted.

    Dr. Popcak's clinical experience and recent research show that the difference between happy and unhappy marriages lays in the habits -- both good and bad -- that are practiced in the home. Here you'll discover the simple steps needed to root out behavior that leaves you resentful and demoralized, and to begin practicing positive habits that facilitate mutual respect and cultivate admiration.

    Even if you feel lonely and abandoned in your marriage, Dr. Popcak offers sensible ways you can work alone at resolving conflict, repairing damage, building rapport, and maintaining intimacy. Because of the graces given to husbands and wives, you have tremendous untapped power to be a catalyst for change even if your spouse isn't participating.

    By following the wise advice in How to Heal Your Marriage, you'll take the guesswork out of building a stable, healthy marriage. You'll also learn:

  • Eight marriage-friendly habits that couples in healthy relationships exhibit
  • How to identify those areas of your marriage that require the most attention
  • What to do when you feel your spouse is out to get you
  • Simple ways to integrate prayer into the life of your marriage
  • How to make God part of healing your marriage
  • How your mind handles feelings and emotions and what you can do about it
  • Tips for keeping your conversations focused on solutions instead of emotions
  • How to see each of your spouse's faults as an opportunity for you to grow in holiness
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9781622826100
    Publication Date: 
    2017-11-13
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    Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography (Revised and Expanded)

    Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography (Revised and Expanded)
    Kleponis, Peter K a Cardinal
    $17.95
    Alarming numbers of men, women, and teens struggle with frequent or habitual pornography use today. Among them are many faithful Catholics desperate for hope and healing. In Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography, clinical therapist Dr. Peter Kleponis equips readers to embark on a path of recovery.

    Drawing heavily from Catholic teaching on human sexuality, Kleponis provides resources and insight for parents, educators, pastors, and all struggling to overcome an addiction to pornography.

    In this newly updated edition, Kleponis looks at new technologies, apps, and services that pose the biggest threat to Catholics today.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781645850076
    Publication Date: 
    2019-11-01
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    Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage

    Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage
    Tomeo, Teresa
    $13.95
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781594716423
    Publication Date: 
    2015-10-02
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    Lessons from the School of Love: Cultivating a Christ-Centered Marriage

    Lessons from the School of Love: Cultivating a Christ-Centered Marriage
    $19.95

    Ask any married couple about the challenges of sharing life together and you’ll hear a litany of interpersonal issues. Communication, wounds, and hardships can weigh heavily on husbands and wives. Today, add the external pressures from living in a hostile, anti-Christian, anti-family culture. Without a firm foundation, couples can collapse under these difficulties.

    The good news is that through the Sacrament of Marriage God gives husbands and wives all the grace they need to overcome even the insurmountable. Drawing from the wisdom gained from their own thirty-five years of marriage, Peter and Debra Herbeck guide couples in strengthening their bond of marriage through the limitless grace offered to all by Christ.

    In Lessons from the School of Love: Cultivating a Christ-Centered Marriage, fortify your marriage with encouragement and scriptural wisdom as you learn how to approach your spouse with the love and respect that will transform their heart—and your own!

    Peter Herbeck is the Executive Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries. Peter is the co-host of the weekly television show The Choices We Face and the host of the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker and is the author of When the Spirit Comes in Power and co-author of Whenthe Spirit Speaks and Touched by God’s Word, with his wife Debbie. Peter holds a BA in Philosophy from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota and an MA in Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

    DebraHerbeck is the Founder and Executive Director of Pine Hills Girls’ Camp and is also the Founder and Leader of Be Love Revolution, a ministry that exists to help young women encounter Christ and be His love to all they meet. Debbie has written several books and is a frequent author and speaker for Blessed Is She and contributing writer for Undone: Freeing Your Feminine Heart from the Knots of Fear and Shame. Debbie and Peter live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and have four children and ten grandchildren.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781645852711
    Publication Date: 
    2023-02-01
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    Lifetime of Love: A Game Plan for Marriage and Family Life

    Lifetime of Love: A Game Plan for Marriage and Family Life
    Holtz, Lou
    $13.95

    If you ask legendary football coach Lou Holtz about his greatest accomplishment, he doesn't talk about winning a national championship at the University of Notre Dame. Instead, he's most proud of his fifty-nine-year marriage to Beth and raising their four successful children together.

    In A Lifetime of Love, Holtz offers couples young and old practical advice on marriage and parenting gleaned from his fifty-nine year marriage. He shares stories from he and Beth's life away from the football field that reveal the couple's deep faith in God and commitment to each other and their children.

    The Holtzes faced many challenges throughout their marriage: Lou's coaching jobs meant he was often away from home and caused their family to move multiple times. Beth suffered a long battle with illness. Through it all their marriage--and family--remained strong because of the practical lessons they learned as they rode the ups and downs of life.

    In this inspiring story, you'll find Lou and Beth's powerful examples for successful marriage and parenting, including:

  • Find ways to connect daily.
  • Make sure your children feel loved and appreciated.
  • Be intentional about time together.
  • Learn from each other and accommodate one another's needs.
  • Prioritize faith and prayer.
  • The Holtzes intended to write this book together, but after Beth's death Lou decided to celebrate his wife's memory by completing the story of their life together. Their children--Luanne, Skip, Kevin, Elizabeth, and their spouses--also share memories of growing up in the Holtz family, adding their voices to the story of their parents' love.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781646801336
    Publication Date: 
    2022-02-11
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    Manual for Marriage

    Manual for Marriage
    Bean, Dan
    $29.95
    Dan and Danielle Bean, married for 25 years and veteran parents of 8 children, offer a modern take on an ancient idea: in marriage, we are called to something greater than ourselves. What can that mean in a modern world that abhors sacrifice, rejects the concept of permanence, and devalues the sacrament of marriage?

    Pulling from the wisdom of the Church and lessons learned from their own real-life experience, Dan and Danielle reflect on the ideas of:

  • Vocation,
  • Sacrament,
  • Sacrifice,
  • Mutual Love,
  • And Home and Family Life.

  • With personal stories, humor, touching insight, and practical suggestions, they offer complementary reflections, as husband and wife, on the value and meaning of marriage for Christians today.

    This book also features a rich collection of Catholic marriage resources, including:

  • Prayers for Marriage,
  • Teachings of the Church,
  • Scripture for Marriage and Family,
  • Wisdom from the Saints,
  • And Hymns.

  • A thoughtful gift for engaged couples and newlyweds, this book is also a practical resource that can inspire and rejuvenate long-married and even struggling couples.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781505116625
    Publication Date: 
    2020-06-05
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    Marriage 911

    Marriage 911
    Alexander, Julie
    $14.99
    A message of hope for spouses everywhere.

    Greg and Julie Alexander thought divorce was the only way out of their lifeless, loveless marriage. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the church, and as they began to incorporate these truths into their lives, they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles their journey back from the brink of divorce to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith.

    Told from both spouses' perspectives, their very personal story shares: Three key questions every married couple should answer Practical, real-life tips for getting a marriage back on track Hope for all married couples on the brink

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    9780867169799
    Publication Date: 
    2011-08-01
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    Marriage Divorce and Annulment 101 Quick Questions

    Marriage Divorce and Annulment 101 Quick Questions
    Blackburn Jim
    $6.95
    For Catholics, marriage isnt just an institution: Its a sacrament.
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    9781933919423
    Publication Date: 
    2011-06-01
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    Meaning of Marriage: A Couple's Devotional: A Year of Daily Devotions

    Meaning of Marriage: A Couple's Devotional: A Year of Daily Devotions
    Keller, Kathy
    $20.00
    From New York Times bestselling authors Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller comes a gorgeously packaged daily devotional that takes us on year-long journey into discovering the meaning of marriage

    Marriage is the most profound human relationship there is. Coming to know and love your spouse is one of the most rewarding and wondrous things we can experience in life. But it is also one of the most difficult and painful. In this 365-day devotional, Timothy Keller and his wife of forty-three years, Kathy Keller, share powerful instructions on how to have a successful marriage. The Kellers draw from and expand upon lessons they first introduced in their book The Meaning of Marriage, offering stories, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts that will inspire anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

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    9780525560777
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    2019-11-05
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    Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

    Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
    Keller, Kathy
    $18.00
    "Incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted." --The Washington Times

    Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone--Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged--the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

    Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

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    9781594631870
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    2013-11-05
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    Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage

    Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage
    Stanford, Mary
    $12.95

    Few concepts in Christianity are more misunderstood than obedience. Words like submissive, subject, and obedient can appear utterly incompatible with the fundamental equality that Jesus offers to us in baptism. Yet headship and obedience within marriage has been preached authoritatively throughout the Church's history.

    When properly understood and lived out, obedience is, in fact, liberating. The Obedience Paradox illuminates the subject by examining the relationship between husband and wife in marriage as an image of Christ's relationship to the Church. Presenting the sexual complementarity of husband and wife as an expression of gift, this book probes the meaning and power of receptivity in a relationship.

    While a marriage certainly involves mutual giving and receiving, a husband most authentically lives headship when he acts as a generous giver towards his wife. Correspondingly, a wife practices authentic obedience when she graciously receives of her husband's self-gift. Understanding obedience as the free reception of a gift unveils its unique potential to make us more free and to bring about deeper spiritual union between persons, both human and divine.

    "Modern Catholics often have difficulty identifying with traditional concepts of masculinity, femininity, and marriage. Rather than gloss over these seemingly troublesome categories, Mary Stanford offers a new path forward. In her novel exploration of the true meaning of obedience, Mary reveals the freedom God offers to men and women in their vocations as loving wives and husbands." - Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP, editor of Aleteia

    "Mary's book is fresh and delightful, provocative and persuasive. She blends biblical and theological knowledge with wisdom derived from attentiveness to the practicalities of married life and with impressive insight into the male and female psyches. She writes so beautifully that one wants to pause regularly just to appreciate her phrasing as well as her illuminating concepts. This book makes a true contribution to the ever-vexing question of right relationships between spouses. It explains well the importance of freedom and trust involved in women lovingly submitting to their husbands in marriages dedicated to following Christ in all things." - Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., Father McGivney Chair of Life Ethics (retired), Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI, author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and A Right to Privacy

    "For our culture, perhaps the greatest stumbling block in the Catholic faith is its emphasis on obedience. Not only the faithful's obedience to God and his Church but also (and primarily) the Son's obedience to the Father. Drawing from the Church's Tradition and Pope Saint John Paul II's writings in particular, Mary Stanford brings out both the beauty and the challenge of obedience in God's highest natural creation, the family. Her work will benefit engaged and married couples in particular and all who desire to deepen their appreciation of this great paradox, the obedience that frees and ennobles." -- The Very Rev. Paul D. Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington, author of That Nothing May Be Lost

    "Any couple--new to marriage or old--would do well to consider the exposition of Scripture and Tradition set forth by Mary Stanford, as well as her enlivening exposition of theological ideas in a contemporary setting. The volatile aspects of marriage are given ballast from Stanford's pondering that most weighty matter: How to bring concord between two hearts bound in the Sacrament to mutual service and devotion and yet part of a human world of passion and weariness. In effect, Mary Stanford dares to ask the question of how marriage can work. Bolder still, she attempts an answer." - William Fahey, Ph.D., President, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

    "This book opens a new way to understand obedience in marriage and in the Faith. As such, Mary Stanford rescues the subject from much of its contemporary bad psychology. Very important and highly recommended." - Paul C. Vitz, Senior Scholar/Professor, Divine Mercy University, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, New York University

    "There was a time when the words, 'love, honor, and obey' were standard fare for marriage vows. No longer. Over the years, the word 'obey' mistakenly became synonymous with the word 'slavery, ' thus offending our modern sensibilities. Consequently, it has been replaced with more generic words, such as 'cherish' or 'respect.' In The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage, Mary Stanford breathes new life into the word 'obedience, ' arguing that obedience, correctly understood, is the ticket to authentic freedom." -- Terry Polakovic, author of Life and Love: Opening Your Heart to God's Design and Women of Hope: Doctors of the Church

    "That true freedom is the fruit of obedience is paradoxical indeed. But if obedience featured squarely in the saving action of Jesus (and now the Church), then it must also occupy the heart of the believer. Mary Stanford shows -- for those with ears to hear -- how obedience leads to a life of freedom, joy, and holiness for all -- wives, husbands, clergy, religious." -- Christopher Carstens, Office for Sacred Worship, Diocese of La Crosse

    "A work that combines courage and wisdom, Mary Stanford's The Obedience Paradox successfully negotiates one of modern Catholicism's 'Third Rails.' This work is deep yet approachable, an incarnational outworking of learned theology and lived praxis valuable for both clergy and laity, but particularly for those preparing for marriage. In it, obedience and belief are recast in robust, optimistic ways that mirror our bodily and spiritual realities. This is a sensitive counter-cultural affirmation of human dignity in light of modern efforts at dehumanization and depersonalization." - Donald Prudlo, Warren Professor of Catholic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Tulsa

    "Few today have the courage publicly to defend the hierarchical primacy of the husband and father. Stanford does, and she offers compelling and attractive arguments in defense of the beauty and wisdom of this teaching." -- Christopher J. Malloy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, University of Dallas, author of False Mercy: Recent Heresies Distorting Catholic Truth

    About the Author

    Mary Stanford is a speaker, teacher, and writer on Catholic marriage and family life. She is an adjunct professor at Christendom College and has a master's degree in theological studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She and her husband, Trey, have seven children.

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    9781681926957
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    2022-10-21
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    Prayers and Reflections for Newlyweds

    Prayers and Reflections for Newlyweds
    Del Monte, Aaron
    $15.99

    It's a miracle!
    God created the miracle of marriage
    so we might realize and cherish
    God's love for each other
    even more....
    The ultimate love story.
    --From Prayers and Reflections for Newlyweds

    Inside are reflective meditations, Scripture, prayer, discussion questions, and activities for the two of you, all designed to help you create new memories together as husband and wife.

    Newlyweds, use this book to help you celebrate falling in love, getting engaged, the joy of the wedding day, and a long future together as a married couple--all surrounded by God's grace.

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    9780764827471
    Publication Date: 
    2016-09-28
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    Prayers for Couples Pocket Prayer Book

    Prayers for Couples Pocket Prayer Book
    $2.95

    These tiny but mighty books feature the world's most popular Catholic prayers. With large, easy-to-read type, this pocket book is a perfect prayer resource that can fit in the palm of your hand.

    Includes prayers to find a spouse, prayers of engaged and married couples, a marriage litany, prayer for healing after an argument, and more. Features reflections on Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, a selection of humorous marital anecdotes, and even the lyrics to some classic love songs.

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    9781617962660
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    Rediscovering Our Lost Fullness: A Guide to Sexual Integration

    Rediscovering Our Lost Fullness: A Guide to Sexual Integration
    Comisky, Andrew
    $17.95

    Andrew Comiskey, founder of Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries for those struggling sexually, shares here his profound experience in moving from brokenness (including same-sex desires) to a healthy and renewed Christian life. The Church's clear, powerful teachings on marriage and family helped him control his passions and live a sexually integrated life.

    With candor and grace, Comiskey recounts real-life stories of people who were freed from the grip of sexual disorders. You'll see how darkness is dispelled in those who seek the presence of the Crucified Christ and how they gained control over their physical, emotional, and psychological sins. In page after page, you will learn to accept the person God created you to be and celebrate authentic human dignity. You will also discover how:

    • The Holy Eucharist is our remedy for impurity and fortifies us in the battle for holiness
    • Persons pursuing religious vocations can integrate their sexuality
    • The Cross of Christ helps us to carry little crosses and so love others with an undivided heart
    • We need strong relationships in the community of believers to avoid occasions of sin
    • "Spiritual chastity" is important in forming personalism and sexual chastity
    • Divine Mercy provides the secret to restoring authentic intimacy in Christ

    Additionally, Comiskey highlights how to live chastely in marriage and how the gift of self to one's spouse reflects the gift of Christ's sacrifice for His Bride, the Church. He further evaluates the crisis in the priesthood and how celibacy points to Heaven and the resurrection of the body.

    You will see how frequent reception of Holy Communion and the sacrament of Confession help you flourish in following God's plan, develop self-control, and love others. You will learn why prudence is the paramount cardinal virtue and how it assists you in knowing what is true, opening yourself to Christ's love, and acting in His freedom. Such freedom requires justice--knowing one's impact on others--and fortitude--enduring hardship for another's good, as Comiskey makes clear.

    Andrew Comiskey, founder of Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries for those struggling sexually, shares here his profound experience in moving from brokenness (including same-sex desires) to a healthy and renewed Christian life. The Churchï1/2ï1/2ï1/2s clear, powerful teachings on marriage and family helped him control his passions and live a sexually integrated life.

    With candor and grace, Comiskey recounts real-life stories of people who were freed from the grip of sexual disorders. Youï1/2ï1/2ï1/2ll see how darkness is dispelled in those who seek the presence of the Crucified Christ and how they gained control over their physical, emotional, and psychological sins. In page after page, you will learn to accept the person God created you to be and celebrate authentic human dignity. You will also discover how:

  • The Holy Eucharist is our remedy for impurity and fortifies us in the battle for holiness
  • Persons pursuing religious vocations can integrate their sexuali
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    9781644137680
    Publication Date: 
    2022-11-22
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