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Good Stuff for Your Marriage

It's Black Friday, which means an annual lunch get-together with my husband, a dear friend since elementary school, and her husband. Much more pleasant than joining the crowds at the mall. (I am not a shopper.)

This year, we found a great Italian restaurant, where I had the most delicious broccoli, tomato, lemon chicken, and mozzarella panini. Yum!

Home again and checking my email, I have been noticing lots of wonderful offers today. I want to share a few of the best ones with you.

A free book: CJ and Tammy Renzi, often spotted in the comments on Assume Love, wrote a terrific book about changing their lives to make more time for being a happy, healthy couple. They titled it The End of Wishing Our Days Away. And for some crazy reason, they are giving it away for free on Smashwords through December 31st. The coupon code you will need is on their blog, The Great Jolly Hoombah (2017 update: sadly no longer online, so I have removed all links to it). Go grab a copy and see what's possible for making your marriage the centerpiece of your life.

A four-pack of great movies: Lamar Tyler of Black and Married with Kids is offering a set of all four of his movies on DVD for just $30. This would be such a great gift for a newly married couple, an anniversary gift, a pastor, your favorite marriage educator, or yourselves. The movies are Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys, and Still Standing, and the sale ends Monday night. Visit Black and Married with Kids to watch the trailers and grab your copies.

Free help staying on track: Whether you are working your way through your December to-do list or building new habits to strengthen your marriage, free encouragement and accountability help are always available on ProNagger Rachel Cornell's Accountability Chat.

A bundle of marriage helpers: Kevin and Cetelia Bullard, over at MarriageWorks, are offering up a package of 30 ebooks and audios for the Christian marriage for just $3 each or $30 for all 30, through Sunday. Find them on the MarriageWorks website. They also have some really great looking hoodies and tee shirts available at and

Workshops, two for the price of one: Dustin and Bethany at Engaged Marriage are offering two recorded workshops for the usual price of each one, $29. One is How to Have More Sex & Better Intimacy in Your Marriage, and the other is How to Communicate Your Way to a Better Marriage (Talking Optional). They are throwing in a free copy of their ebook, 15 Minute Marriage Makeover - Refresh Your Relationship, Add Sizzle to Your Sex Life & Be Happier in Just Minutes a Day. That's quite the package for $29. This one is good through Monday.

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving / Chanukkah / Shopping Madness weekend in whatever way suits you best. But don't miss out on these great opportunities.


Hello Patty! Thank you so much for mentioning our book. We enjoyed writing it and hope that some people are able to scoop up a free copy.

For some reason, I don't think I'm getting your updates. I haven't seen these last two. I tried resubscribing and will see what happens!

Thanks again, and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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