Getting Ready for Marriage

A Practical Road Map for Your Journey Together

Getting Ready for Marriage

Jim Burns and Doug Fields wish you the very best for your wedding, but sadly, they won't be able to make it. What they are here for is your marriage. Jim and Doug have seen it all. They have worked with many couples and have studied extensively to uncover the essential elements for making marriages thrive. This book is their early wedding gift to you: a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate road map for beginning your union. Filled with premium fuel for the journey—including meaningful exercises, hard truths, and conversations starters—this book will nourish and guide your relationship for the long haul.

Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook

Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook

Pulling off a successful wedding is one thing but fortifying a lifelong relationship is an entirely different endeavor. Relationship experts Jim Burns and Doug Fields invite couples to take a proactive approach to their marriage union—one that doesn’t shy away from sticky areas and tough topics—in order to develop a solid course from the very beginning. Jim and Doug apply decades of frontline experience working with couples into this fresh and practical resource. Organized in nine highly relevant sessions, each centered on key biblical and relational touchstones, Burns and Fields equip participants to confront big issues including communication, finances, spirituality, and intimacy—prior to their wedding day. Great as a stand-alone resource or partnered with the Getting Ready for Marriage: A Practical Road Map for Your Journey Together book and companion video package.

7 Ways to Be Her Hero

The One Your Wife Has Been Waiting For

7 Ways to Be Her Hero

A book that talks to guys in the way guys talk! "This book should storm into your living room, demand an audience, and become every husband's best friend!" —Rick Warren, pastor and New York Times best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life "I love Doug Fields! I love how he lives, how he writes, how he makes me laugh, and how he challenges me to grow. You will too. Men, read this book and improve your marriage!" —Lee Strobel, New York Times best-selling author Having a pulse is all it really takes to fall in love. Staying in love is another matter; staying in love requires a plan and some learned skills. "My primary audience for this book is guys (sorry, sneaky ladies)," says author Doug Fields. "I am writing in a way that most men seem to talk and learn." In 7 Ways to Be Her Hero Fields gives, quite candidly, seven very doable actions to transform any marital relationship, guaranteed. It also includes a bonus chapter for guys to read with their wives. So if you want to understand some simple ways to invest in your marriage and be your wife's hero (again), this is the plan!

A Beautiful Adventure Marriage

A Guide for the Marriage God Created for You

A Beautiful Adventure Marriage

Grab your bags! We are going on an adventure! Marriage is a gift from the Father. It is an adventure we get to share with the one the Lord created just for us. Like any great adventure, there is work we must do, that is necessary, if it is going to be successful! Let’s be real! Marriage is beautiful, but it is also hard. Godly guidance is needed along the way if we are going to happily arrive at our destination. What is our destination!?! Till death do us part! Let’s be the generation that ends divorce! Let’s be the generation that shines a positive light on marriage! Let’s be the generation that uses our marriage as a platform for God’s glory! It’s going to take some work, but it will be so worth it! Here's the good news, we don't have to go on this adventure alone! We have not been left to figure this out on our own! God has given us His Word as the ultimate road map to a happy marriage. He has also put people in our path to guide us along the way which make this adventure even more beautiful. A Beautiful Adventure Marriage is a “guide” that when followed will help you to have a godly, happy marriage. We are going to dig into God’s Word to see what He says about marriage. We will also go through some practical wisdom and daily steps that can transform your relationship. Let’s empty our baggage of anything that is holding us back and fill it with items that will get us further down the road together. We will learn to partner with our spouse and with God to be intentional every day. We will learn to plan and pace ourselves so we can enjoy the journey and joyfully arrive at our destination. Marriage was God’s idea and it is a good idea. It can also be a beautiful adventure. Who is ready for the adventure of a lifetime? You can do this! You can have a happy marriage! It is going to be beautiful! Grab your spouse, your God, and your guide! Your destination awaits! Let’s go!

10 Great Dates

Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage

10 Great Dates

Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy! While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together? To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including · Appreciating your differences · Experiencing God together · Facing the storms of life · Connecting through prayer With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life. Download a free leader's guide for small groups at 10greatdates.org. "Finally, here is a book that helps couples connect spiritually, and all in the fun format of Great Dates. I highly recommend this book for couples, small groups, and churches who want to strengthen and build godly marriages."--Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages "This book goes beyond spending time together. It offers guidance on deepening an emotional and spiritual bond. Each exercise provides insight and opportunities to authentically know and be known in new ways, bringing honor to one another and glory to God."--Gayle DiMartino, marriage ministry director, Willow Creek Community Church "This book is both practical and fun. It gives couples tangible ways to grow together spiritually all in the fun, guilt-free format of great dates. The Larsons and Arps have done the work. All you need to do is carve out time for your 10 Great Dates!"--Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships "Don't settle for an individual faith walk when connecting spiritually as a couple could transform your marriage. This book provides an effective road map for couples who want to journey together."--Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times authors of The Good Fight "This wonderfully written book takes what often is an elusive and mysterious discipline for couples and provides 10 life-building opportunities to move past the mundane of life and get to what really matters. Experience it!"--Ron L. Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily and coauthor of The Remarriage Checkup "Few things possess the potential to add to the overall satisfaction and meaning of marriage like really connecting spiritually. The Larsons and the Arps do an amazing job of gracefully and playfully helping us walk together toward fulfilling our deepest longings and desires."--Robert Paul, co-president, National Institute of Marriage "With its focus on spiritual intimacy, this book is a refreshing change from the standard marriage materials on emotional and physical connection. The Larsons and Arps have provided us with an amazing resource."--Shawn Stoever, PhD, senior director, WinShape Foundation "This book will refresh your marriage. You can't beat the life-changing content, 10 meaningful dates, and the wisdom of some of America's finest marriage experts."--Jim and Cathy Burns, authors of Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together; speakers at Creating an Intimate Marriage seminars

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science and the Fine Arts

The Athenaeum


Successful Acquistions

A Proven Plan for Strategic Growth

Successful Acquistions

Every company faces the inevitable challenge: stagnate or grow. One of the fastest ways for small- and mid-size companies to expand is through acquisition. Purchasing another company can seem daunting—but when done right, it can deliver outstanding rewards. Successful Acquisitions supplies the key information that business leaders need to know about finding and buying companies. Written by an M&A expert with more than $1 billion in transactions under his belt, the book’s practical and comprehensive approach integrates all the moving pieces into a logical step-by-step process that covers: • The art and science of researching companies • Building and balancing an acquisition team • Valuation tips that look beyond the obvious • The importance of “the seller’s equation” • Developing a negotiation platform • How to be tough and still protect the buyer-seller relationship • Guidelines for structuring an airtight deal • The letter of intent, due diligence, purchase agreement, funding, and other essentials • Bringing the deal to a timely close • A 100-day plan for making integration a success It’s all here. From building the foundation to growing the relationships to cementing the deal, Successful Acquisitions is a complete roadmap to buying companies and achieving proactive strategic growth.