Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Generation NeXt Marriage by Tricia Goyer and Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away a brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Tuesday, April 8. Good luck!

Do you still find yourself humming the love songs of the 80s and 90s?

Do you still believe that every marriage should be between soul mates?

But -- do you wonder how you can succeed at love and marriage when the generation you grew up in didn't?

Marriage isn't what it used to be-it can be better than ever.

If you are a Gen Xer, your marriage has challenges and potentials that no other generation has known. A Gen Xer herself, Tricia Goyer offers realistic help to achieve the God-honoring marriage you long for. She in

·Ways to protect your marriage despite the broken relationships modeled in your youth

·Stories, suggestions, and confessions from fellow Gen Xers facing the "What now?" question of real-life marriage

·Advice from the ultimate marriage survival guide: the Bible

·Stats, quizzes, sidebars, and study questions related to this "relationally challenged" time in history

·Practical helps for negotiating kids, work, sex, money, and dirty laundry-sometimes all in the same evening

If you are part of a generation of adults who don't want to bow to their culture or live and love like their p
arents did -- Generation NeXt Marriage is for you.

My Take: As someone who *crosses fingers* is planning on getting engaged in the next few months and getting married in a year and a half, this book is a wonderful resource on what to look forward to what's coming up ahead. There's ton of practical advice told in a fun, informative way. If you're already married, this book will help you touch up on what you're already working on.

Five unique marriage challenges faced by Gen Xers and how to tackle them!

1. Gen Xers saw more divorces than successful marriages. The divorce rate doubled between 1965-1977 and Gen Xers were the victims. 40% of us spent time in a single-family home before age 16. We grew up in families with step-moms and half-siblings and living every other weekend with a different parent and faced the loneliness and alienation of our splintered families. As married adults, Gen Xers can meet their spouse's need by speaking encouraging words, which are like gold stars to a Gen Xer's heart -- and by never using the D-word. As author Madeleine L'Engle once said, "There are a lot of marriages today that break up just at the point where they could mature and deepen."

2. Without role models, many GenXers turned to music, movies and television for examples of healthy relationships. Now, we often model our relationships after television sitcoms. We are good at quick comebacks and sassy remarks, without taking time to consider the other person's heart. We also want our problems wrapped up in thirty minutes or less! Instead, Gen Xers need to understand that unrealistic expectations can hurt our relationships. We also need to treat out spouses with honor and respect, even when we don't feel like they deserve it.

3. Our teen relationships were intense and often included sexuality, leading to intense breakups and the resulting baggage. By the time many GenXers walked down the aisle, they'd experienced several "pretend-marriages." Spouses can break free from these bonds when we realize the truth about love, the truth about emotions, and the truth about intimacy. It's knowing that what we had in the past wasn't love -- and emotions don't rule. True intimacy is choosing to share our hearts and our struggles with the one we're committed to for life.

4. Gen Xers were starved for quality time, so they appreciate balance. Doing too much stresses us out. The first thing Gen Xers need to do is realize the impact of our faced-pace lives, and then make plans for peace. It's cutting out things that won't matter ten years from now and focusing on the things that will.

5. Gen Xers were labeled the "slackers" and the "grunge" generation. The generations before didn't think we'd amount to much. Because of this, Gen Xers strive hard to prove themselves. We aren't content just "living life," we want to reach our full potential. Spouses can encourage each other to follow their heart dreams. This starts with asking your spouse out his/her dreams, then offering encouragement and support!

Share your story and WIN a dinner for TWO to the restaurant of your choice! ($50 maximum)

Tell us the story of how you and your spouse met. If you have photos, send those along, too! The winning story will be chosen at the end of the blog tour and will be posted on Tricia's GenX blog. More comments on your post increases your chance of winning ... so tell your friends!

Contest entry form for Generation NeXt Marriage blog tour!

Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.


  1. Hi, I think Tricia is great! I read two of her blogs every day. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

  2. Hi, I think this book would be a fun read for DH and I. We have stalled out on our current marriage book, too dry and too much "it's all the females' fault" for us.

    HeartsongChica on PBShavdypz

  3. I love your header!

    I am in the process of researching for a book I would like to write that addresses ten struggles that Christian women face. I would love to have your input as well.

    Thank you for any help you can give me. All I need is the list of ten things as well as your age. Thank you!

  4. Lindsey11:35 AM

    This looks like one I'd like to read with my hubby... :-)

    We're about to have our first baby (next month)!


  5. Anonymous8:22 PM

    please add me, the book sounds great

  6. I think I need this. Please include me. cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot]com

  7. please add me too - I am getting married in Nov. 08!!!

    spilltojill [at] gmail [.] com

  8. looks like a great book
    annemarie5353 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. I'd love to be entered in the drawing for Tricia's book! My email is dmelton7376[at]aol[dot]com

    And by the way, I'm in love with your header.

  10. Anonymous6:28 PM

    Please enter me in your contest. This book sounds very interesting!

  11. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Sorry....forgot to leave my name and E-mail!
    Fmartin816 at comcast dot net

  12. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Hello! I work for a non-profit organization whose mission is to better quality of life by strengthen families, specifically by reducing divorce, out-of-wedlock births, and the number of absent parents. We seek to promote strong, healthy, lifelong marraiges with mothers and fathers who are active in the lives of their children. Right now, I am working to gather resources for our library in order to further educate our community about the state of marriages in my generation, Generation X, and to reach out to young people marrying today. I hope that through this book I might accomplish this. Please enter me in your drawing! You can reach me at firstthingsfi80@bellsouth.net

  13. My husband and I met the first week of college; we were both in an intense community service program. We got married two days before we graduated!

  14. My husband and I are making plans to celebrate our 30th anniversary. I'd love to win this book for my daughter who is getting married in June.

  15. Keep me posted on the "fingers crossed" impending wedding. )

    Thanks for sharing Generation NeXt Marriage with your readers.



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