TODAY’S GUEST: Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family.  In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Prior to joining Focus, Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as president of the National Institute of Marriage.

He is the author of 17 books includingFight Your Way to a Better Marriage,” “The DNA of Parent and Teen Relationships” and “The Whole-Hearted Marriage.” He and his wife, Erin, co-created Ready to Wed,” a complete premarital curriculum for engaged couples and the online Focus on Marriage Assessment. They also released “Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage: 12 Secrets to a Lifelong Romance” in 2016. His recent book is “Reconnected.”

Reconnected: Moving from Roommates to Soulmates in Marriage (Focus on the Family)

Over time, the business of life creeps in and even the most deeply committed couples can feel like they’re living parallel lives rather than enjoying life together. Their once happily-ever-after can quickly turn into an endless grind of work, chores, errands and carpool. And the pull of social media becomes more compelling than engaging with one’s spouse. In this book, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley offer practical ways to rekindle the intimate, heart-to-heart connection between husbands and wives.

We discuss how Covid affected many marriages, why January and August are the highest months for divorce filings, Smalley’s book, “Reconnected,” advice for single or divorced Christians, his own struggles in marriage and what he and Erin do every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Dr. Smalley suggests investing ten minutes every day where both spouses can share the highlight and low-light of their day.
  • Work on yourself – your own faith and relationship with God first, and your marriage relationship second
  • Create a “Cherish List” with Your Spouse, especially at Thanksgiving
  • Read a marriage article or book together during Christmas break

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