Commitment

Marriage Hacks: 25 Practical Ways to Make Love Last

If you do a search for “life hacks”, you’ll get a veritable smorgasbord of results – videos, blog posts, and commentaries – all helpful for streamlining your daily life. A friend recently released a free eBook called “Marriage Hacks: 25 Practical Ways to Make Love Last” with the same goal for young married couples: give young, disillusioned couples a refreshing dose of marital truths.

MH-3D-coverHonest moment… if you’re like me, the term “marriage hacks” might make you think it’s a pithy compilation of dos and don’ts, how-tos, and top 10 lists. I assure you it’s not. The eBook is a thoughtful and thorough collection of articles written by 25 top authors, bloggers, and thinkers with the intention of exposing deep truths in digestible ways.

I’m humbled and happy to say we are included in the work, alongside time-tested writers like Gary Chapman (The 5 Love Languages), Gary Thomas (Sacred Marriage), and William Paul Young (The Shack).

As I said, humbled.

Note: no one is making money off this thing! We’re just excited to be included in an awesome resource that will help people. Just thought I’d mention that in case you’re wondering.

The “Marriage Hacks” Premise

When we first marry we have no real idea what we’re getting ourselves into. We think we know who we’re marrying, what life together will entail, and that our undying (feelings of) love will sustain us…forever. We have this nice, brand-new, shiny marriage sure to hold it’s luster for the rest of our lives.

Right?

If that were the case, this blog would be obsolete. Given time, the “new marriage” shininess fades, our tidy lives get messy, and true love is put to the test. Every couple experiences this.

Every couple.

“Marriage Hacks” is a tall glass of ice-cold water for anyone looking for a little marital refreshment. And it’s free to all who want it.

Download for Free

If you’ve heard enough, you can download it on NoiseTrade very easily (you give your email, they send you a download link). You can read it on whatever device is easiest for you.

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If you’re still not convinced it’s worth the read, I’ve shared some highlights below.

Highlights

MH-3D-coverHere are some passages and articles that resonated with me.

Learning to Be Naked Without Fear by Christa Black

When I first got married to my husband, I truly believed certain parts of my life made me unlovable. I believed that if he saw everything, he would hate me as much as I hated myself. But marriage isn’t about perfect people finding a perfect mate. It’s about two im- perfect souls coming together as one, making a covenant to stick around when the ugly parts get exposed, and then loving each other with grace and understanding while helping each other walk into wholeness.

Just like Lucas did that day when he caught me bingeing.

“Never Stop Exploring” by Jonathan Jackson

We do not arrive—we continue.

Even if you don’t subscribe to the Orthodox faith, you can see this sense of faith as continuous growth in the concept of sanctification—in the sense that we are continuously invited to grow deeper and deeper with God. In the same way, becoming one in marriage is an ongoing journey marked by one of the strongest ingredients of an eternal romance— mystery.”

These are just two of my favorite parts… Hopefully you’re convinced it’s worth your time! If so, here’s another button.

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About the Editor: Tyler Ward

Over the past few months I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Tyler Ward. We were introduced through a mutual friend because we share the same core beliefs and lots of the same passions; helping young married couples is high on both our priority lists.

Tyler recently wrote a book called “Marriage Rebranded” (which we will review in depth in the coming weeks). As he was conducting interviews for the book, he made many great friends who have stunning wisdom regarding marriage. Those new relationships and the wisdom shared compelled Tyler to create a free eBook with contributions from many of them.

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