Your spouse is a unique person, filled with amazing insights, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Communication is key to really knowing and fully loving that person.
Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman has developed this handy tabletop resource to get you and your spouse talking. With 101 probing questions, couples will find their relationship enhanced, their intimacy deepened, and their romance ignited. 101 Conversation Starters for Couples is the perfect companion to the bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages®. It also makes an excellent Valentines Day, wedding, and anniversary gift. It helps you and your spouse get the conversation flowing.
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About the Author
GARY CHAPMAN--author, speaker, counselor--has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.
RAMON PRESSON, PhD, a licensed marriage & family therapist, has been in practice for 30 years and is the founder of LifeChange Counseling and Marriage Center of Franklin www.LifeChangeCS.org. He is a newspaper columnist; and with a dozen books in print he is the most published practicing therapist in Tennessee. He is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. From 1989 to 2004 Presson served as an assistant pastor in large churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Ramon has had the unique privilege to serve on staff with and later co-author several books with Dr. Gary Chapman. He is currently co-authoring the teen edition of When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned with his 17-year-old son, Cameron. Ramon and his wife, Dorne, have been married for 28 years, have two sons, and live outside Nashville. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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101 conversation starters for couples
By GARY CHAPMAN RAMON PRESSON
Northfield PublishingCopyright © 2012 Gary Chapman & Ramon Presson
All right reserved.
Chapter Onequestion 1
What are two things that happened today, and how did you feel about them?
What were some of your favorite toys as a child? What was your favorite candy?
Describe the home of one or both sets of your grandparents.
What was something you really wanted but were not allowed to own as a child or teen?
Describe one of your favorite elementary school teachers. Then describe a favorite high school teacher or college professor.
As you were growing up, what was unique about your family as compared to other families in your neighborhood or the families of your friends?
What was your most serious physical injury as a child or teen?
What do you remember about learning to drive?
Can you recall visiting your parents' workplace? If so, describe it and how you felt when you went there.
Complete this sentence: "I'm sure my mom and dad wish I would...."
What is perhaps the worst movie you have ever seen?
What tragic news story in the last few years made you particularly sad?
What was one of the most memorable weddings (other than your own) that you have attended?
What is something you collected as a child or teen?
What is a question that you wish you had the courage to ask your mother and/or father?
If you were given five acres of land, where would you want it to be and what would you want to do with it?
If you could own and operate your own business (and be guaranteed of its success), what would it be?
If you do not play a musical instrument, what one do you wish you could play? If you do/ did play a musical instrument, do you recall how you chose that particular one?
What would you say are two of the best concerts you have seen, either in person or on video or film?
What are two of your all-time favorite movies (or books)?
My mother/father clearly did not understand what was considered cool when she/he bought me ...
What famous person (deceased) would you like to have met?
Which of the following would you find most gratifying?
earning a PhD
publishing a bestselling book
recording an original chart-topping song
winning an Olympic gold medal
If money and/or child care were no object, what would be your idea of the perfect New Year's Eve?
Who is one of the most genuinely spiritual persons you know?
How do you think the world has changed since September 11, 2001?
Which of the following rides would be your first choice?
a gondola in Venice
a cab in London
a Ferrari on the autobahn
a hot air balloon in Switzerland
an airboat in the Everglades
a raft down the Colorado River
a carriage in Paris
What is one of your favorite memories that includes snow?
Who was your favorite superhero or cartoon character?
If someone could bless you and pass on to you a special ability, who would you choose to bless you and with what ability?
Who is the most joyful person you know?
Who is someone you wish you could infect with a more positive attitude?
Complete this sentence: "It would make me a better person if I were more like you in the way you ..."
When in your life would you say your self-esteem was the lowest?
Recall a time when you were given constructive criticism that proved beneficial
The lion, beaver, otter, and golden retriever are used to describe four personality types. Which one do you think best describes you?
Lion: strong, confident, leader, likes to make sure things get done
Beaver: detail oriented, organized, follows instructions, good with projects
Otter: very outgoing, enjoys people, humorous, creative
Golden Retriever: loyal, sensitive, encouraging
If you could hire Martha Stewart for a day, what would you have her do?
Regardless of how long I live, I hope I will always ...
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." Recall a gift that gave you considerable satisfaction in presenting it.
Describe the location and three features of your dream home.
Who would you most like to hear one of the following from?
"I love you."
"I support you."
"I respect you."
"I miss you."
"I trust you."
In retrospect, what is something that your parents were wise in doing in raising you?
What was your most/least favorite subject in school?
If you could take a course in any subject. right now at your local college, what type of course would it be?
In what way are you most/least like your mother? How are you most/least like your father?
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus encourages us to live with faith in the present. Which is the greater obstacle for you?
dwelling on the past
worrying about the future
Who was your best friend in junior high school? What did you do together?
As I was growing up, my father was most like
If you inherited $200,000 (after taxes), what would you do with the money?
Name three jobs or careers you are definitely not suited for.
Describe your pediatrician when you were growing up. What do you remember about those doctor visits?
Concerning what biblical topic or Bible passage (or verse) do you wish you had a better understanding?
What do you think that you will want to do in your retirement years?
Acts 2:42-47 describes a close, caring community. In what setting have you had the greatest experience of genuine fellowship?
friends at school
job where I worked
What item of clothing in my wardrobe do you really like to see me wear?
What is a song of piece of music that moves or inspires you?
What quality or skill that you possess would you find most gratifying to have your child imitate as an adult?
If you could win any competition in the world, what would it be?
What nonbiblical historical event would you like to have witnessed?
Name the Old Testament event that you wish you could have witnessed. Name the New Testament event (in addition to the resurrection) that you wish you could have witnessed.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Marriage experts Gary Chapman and Ramon Presson developed 101 questions that couples can use on a date night, at dinner, or whenever they have a quiet moment together. These questions can trigger thoughts, feelings, or memories to help couples draw closer together. When I first saw this book, I thought it was a cute little book. It is not very large at all, which makes it easy to carry around - on shopping trips, in the car on road trips, or in your purse on a night out to dinner. As I thumbed through the pages, I noticed the way it was organized with one question per page, with a green colored background and vague images of beautiful scenes behind the questions. The appearance is very peaceful. As I read through the questions, I thought how I would answer them and wondered how my spouse would answer them. Some I already knew the answer to, but some I did not, which made me excited to ask him. So I started asking him some of the questions and it lead to a nice conversation. I carried the book with us as we did some shopping and it made the time in the car fly by quickly. I think this is a good book to help couples get out the the grind of daily communication. Sometimes we fall into daily conversations of, "What did you do today?" or "What do we have to do tomorrow?" or "Are we working in the yard this weekend?" It can get boring when verbal interactions follow the same pattern. I also think this book is helpful in exploring new or revisiting old territory. When dating or newly married, we talk for hours to our partner, even staying up all night sometimes. Then it is easy to get into a routine and before you know it, interactions are predictable. This book could break up the routine. Overall, I think this is a good book. I have seen other books in the past that are similar, but this one is quite nice and very affordable. It would make a nice gift for a newly married couple, a couple that is struggling to connect, a couple who are empty-nesters, or a newly retired couple spending more time together after years of working. If you are a part of a couple that needs to improve communication, buy it as a gift to yourself. I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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