The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge: One Question a Week. One Incredible Marriage.  -     By: Jeff Helton, Helton Lora
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Revitalize your marriage with just one question a week! Designed to spark open and honest conversation at any stage of married life, each chapter includes an engaging question on topics of communication, conflict, in-laws, finances, children, and sex. Includes an opening challenge question and a Scripture verse, followed by a 2 to 3-page reading and a closing quote. Transform your relationship in a few moments each Friday!

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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1476705003
ISBN-13: 9781476705002
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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.

Author Bio

Jeff Helton has spent twenty-five years as a pastor working with men, marriages, and families, and he coauthored Authentic Marriages and its companion workbook. He has earned two masters degrees from Wheaton Graduate School in New Testament theology and communication and founded WellSpring Coaching and Consulting. Jeff and his wife Lora live with their four children and their boxer Miah in Franklin, Tennessee. Lora Helton has been married to Jeff Helton for twenty-four years and is the coauthor of Authentic Marriages and its companion workbook. She is a graduate of Taylor University in Indiana and Wheaton Graduate School, where she earned her MA in clinical psychology. She currently works part-time at WellSpring, counseling women and partnering with Jeff in their work with married and pre-married couples.

Editorial Reviews

"Most couples desire a loving, supportive marriage in which husband and wife are helping each other reach their potential for God. However, many couples do not have a plan for creating such a marriage. In The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge, Jeff and Lora Helton provide a plan. I highly recommend it."
"This book is a true gift to all of us who are seeking stronger marriages. Jeff and Lora have provided us with an incredible guide to help challenge and revitalize our relationships. My wife and I are so thankful for The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge."
“This book is a true gift to all of us who are seeking stronger marriages. Jeff and Lora have provided us with an incredible guide to help challenge and revitalize our relationships. My wife and I are so thankful for The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge."
“The 50 Friday Marriage Challenge is a terrific adventure worth your time and focus! The Heltons have masterfully woven together fifty questions that will result in you growing closer to God and one another.”
"I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Sharon for thirty years. We’ve laughed, worked, played, talked, and argued our way through some pretty incredible times, and trust me, it wasn’t always easy! Marriage is hard work, but it’s the best, most rewarding work I’ve ever done—and it’s something you need to work at, too. In The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge, Jeff and Lora will walk you and your spouse through a fantastic year-long discussion that will totally change your marriage!"
"Most men avoid ‘talk about the relationship’ conversations, fearing the inevitable feelings of inadequacy and unmet expectations. But Jeff and Lora Helton have developed fifty conversation starters that will have you relishing your time together. You’ll not only strengthen your marriage, you’ll have fun in the process!"
“I have had the privilege of knowing Jeff and Lora while they were on staff at our home church in Brentwood, TN. When my husband Stu and I were approaching the twenty year mark of marriage, we felt the need to recalibrate and take some time to get to know each other again. With the constant pull of his work, our kids, and my years of traveling, we had come to a place of ‘coasting.’ We didn't want to be one of those couples whose kids went off to college and they sat staring at one another not knowing who each other were anymore. Many of the suggestions in this book are questions that Jeff had us ask each other. Whether married one year, twenty years, or fifty years, we could all use a tune up. Marriage is worth it.”
"Sometimes you recommend a book based just on its content. Other times you might recommend a book because of your relationship to the author. And occasionally you recommend a book based on both. I have the privilege of knowing and serving with Jeff and Lora Helton. The principles and concepts of this book are far more than content; they are the realities of married life being lived out, modeled, and shared by these two wonderful friends. The Fifty Friday's Marriage Challenge will do just that; it will challenge you to rethink, refocus, and recommit to your marriage. This is not just another book on marriage, this is a book of encouragement written by two very authentic people who are committed to helping others build better marriages."
“The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge is a fun way to use conversation starters for husbands and wives. They open the door for meaningful discussions in a non-threatening way. Praying for and with one another is a way for your marriage to thrive and survive. Learning more about each other makes for a solid, exciting relationship. Lora and Jeff cover real issues with tried-and-true ways to have a strong, healthy marriage. We have enjoyed going through the book ourselves and look forward to sharing it with those we mentor.”
“I remember the year that Jeff and Lora wrote these questions--one Friday after another, after another, after another. And I remember the change that God wrought in them--Jeff in particular--as I saw the very questions he was asking re-shape and refine his own heart. It will do the same for every couple who refuses the ‘default mode’ and chooses to take the challenge.”
"The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge is a fun and practical approach to strengthening marriages. Each challenge is thought provoking, intentional, and encourages an opportunity for true intimacy. We've personally encountered Jeff and Lora's love and counsel in our own lives. What a treasure it is to now have access to their wealth of wisdom through this book. If you're willing to take the challenge, you will definitely be inspired to pursue the marriage God intended for you to have."

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  1. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge is a practical, once-a-week guide to get you and your spouse communicating on the most intimate level in order to succeed in the institution called marriage. Too often, marriages fall apart because of a lack of communication - not because of things that happen or cannot be controlled. We live in a modern, fast paced world where we have everything we need at our fingertips, and we no longer need others to satisfy our needs. We spend our lives going to work, bouncing from one activity to the next, constantly keeping an eye on our cell phones and devices, and connecting with others through social networks instead of face-to-face communication and quality time. It is too easy to drift apart even if we're sitting right next to each other, and simple things like talking and paying absolute attention to each other is virtually impossible with the trappings and distractions of our little worlds.

    So Jeff and Lora are providing a very simple solution to this modern dilemma: one question a week. That's it! Well that and some effort and enthusiasm on your part is wonderful too. Each short chapter begins with a question that you ask your spouse (you probably should rotate who answers first!) then follows a Bible verse or passage, a brief, encouraging message, and a quote that directly applies with the question for that week. It gives you the chance to sit and talk to your spouse about the things that are important: children, in-laws, fiances, hopes, dreams, jobs, and just about everything about your lives together. Two shall become one, and this is a wonderful jump-start for any marriage; one that is starting out, one you've been in for however many years (yes, even if you think your marriage is almost 100% perfect!), or even if you're thinking about getting married. Communication is the key, and it leads to resolution for all those little issues that cause friction, fights, and falling out. A recommended little guide for anyone with a wedding (or engagement ring) on their fingers.

    This book was provided by Howard Books for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 12, 2013
    Fitzysmom
    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!

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  3. Jill Jones
    Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helps communication in marriage
    September 3, 2013
    Jill Jones
    Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Communication is a challenge for some marriages. Once the getting to know you phase of dating ends and the married life begins, conversation, which used to come so easily, hides itself behind the difficulty of learning to live together, discovering each other's habits and as children come along, time to spend alone with your spouse must be a planned, on purpose event.

    Jeff and Lora Helton, authors of "The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge", have been married for over 25 years. They created this 50 week challenge to encourage husbands and wives to start a discussion about their relationship, how they define it, their struggles, their strengths, etc. Some of the questions are simple, like "What is your 'wildest dream' vacation?" Others are more challenging, like "What different expectations create challenges in your marriage?" Some may cause conflict while others will help you develop intimacy. Each one will give you an opportunity to work through issues before they arise or do better if they happen again.

    Some couples may feel like they communicate well with their spouse. But just talking to each other may not be all you need to develop intimacy in your marriage. The well thought out questions in the Heltons' book will encourage you and your spouse to learn more about each other.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Young or old married couples can benefit from this
    September 2, 2013
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What will your marriage be like on your fiftieth anniversary?

    What will we look like? Will there be more wrinkles? A few more pounds? What color hair? Will I even have hair?

    If we ever do stop and think about what our marriage will be like at fifty years, we all too often think only about the external - the physical. But the truth is, there's a far more important question to ponder: 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?

    When we first start out on our marriage adventure, it seems that we have forever ahead of us. And then, life happens. Babies come along. Career paths change. School starts. Finances get tight. And before you know it, life is going faster than you realize.

    In the midst of all of this, many couples become passive in their approach to their marriage and wake up one day wondering what went wrong. They operate their marriages in what we call default mode: things happen without planning or intentionality or effort. Instead of default mode, we need a proactive approach for our marriages to grow. There has to be a plan. The old adage is right: Fail to plan, plan to fail.

    One of the struggles most couples have is finding the time each week to commit to one another. Many insist that the time isn't there. How much time do you spend, watching television, working extra hours, going to the movies, working on a committee, reading, talking to friends, watching or participating in sports, shopping for fun, doing your favorite hobby, playing on the computer, doing volunteer work, or even attending or running church activities?

    If you're looking for a unique challenge that will have you both working on your marriage in making it truly better than you ever dreamed possible, then consider picking up a copy of The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge by authors Jeff and Lora Helton. The challenge is simple and fun. Each week as a couple, you will spend a few minutes answering one question that has been designed to help you have open and honest conversation as you connect with and enjoy each other. Some weeks you will laugh as you travel down memory lane together. Some weeks you'll be challenged as you evaluate different aspects of your marriage. And other weeks you will dream and plan for what the future can become. The goal of this book is to create a tool for a happy couple to create ongoing closeness, and a newly married couple a unique way to know each other deeply. This novel even adds some bonus challenges geared just for special holidays like Valentine's Day or Christmas.

    I received The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge by Jeff and Lora Helton compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. Since I am a huge advocate for finding great tools like this book to enhance my own marriage, I can highly recommend this one. Both of us often used the same excuses that would virtually leave us wondering if we would ever have time for us, until our children were grown and out on their own. But we don't have to wait. We can be that perfect role model in our own family for what our children can view as an ideal marriage. This book enables you to reconnect in new ways and the questions are a great eye opener into areas you may never had considered exploring in your marriage. This is a perfect book for newly married couples as well as seasoned veterans like we are. I easily rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to exploring and enriching my own marriage through the process.
  5. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 29, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge is a practical, once-a-week guide to get you and your spouse communicating on the most intimate level in order to succeed in the institution called marriage. Too often, marriages fall apart because of a lack of communication - not because of things that happen or cannot be controlled. We live in a modern, fast paced world where we have everything we need at our fingertips, and we no longer need others to satisfy our needs. We spend our lives going to work, bouncing from one activity to the next, constantly keeping an eye on our cell phones and devices, and connecting with others through social networks instead of face-to-face communication and quality time. It is too easy to drift apart even if we're sitting right next to each other, and simple things like talking and paying absolute attention to each other is virtually impossible with the trappings and distractions of our little worlds.

    So Jeff and Lora are providing a very simple solution to this modern dilemma: one question a week. That's it! Well that and some effort and enthusiasm on your part is wonderful too. Each short chapter begins with a question that you ask your spouse (you probably should rotate who answers first!) then follows a Bible verse or passage, a brief, encouraging message, and a quote that directly applies with the question for that week. It gives you the chance to sit and talk to your spouse about the things that are important: children, in-laws, fiances, hopes, dreams, jobs, and just about everything about your lives together. Two shall become one, and this is a wonderful jump-start for any marriage; one that is starting out, one you've been in for however many years (yes, even if you think your marriage is almost 100% perfect!), or even if you're thinking about getting married. Communication is the key, and it leads to resolution for all those little issues that cause friction, fights, and falling out. A recommended little guide for anyone with a wedding (or engagement ring) on their fingers.

    This book was provided by Howard Books for free in exchange for an honest review.
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