Romancing Your Better Half: Keeping Intimacy Alive in Your Marriage

Romancing Your Better Half: Keeping Intimacy Alive in Your Marriage

by Rick Johnson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722340
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 824,843
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rick Johnson is a bestselling author of That's My Son; That's My Teenage Son; That's My Girl; Better Dads, Stronger Sons; and Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half. He is the founder of Better Dads and is a sought-after speaker at many large parenting and marriage conferences across the United States and Canada. Rick, his wife, Suzanne, and their grown children live in Oregon. To find out more about Rick Johnson, visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 13

1 Marriage: Together Forever? 17

2 Communicating with the Other Sex: That Is All You Need to Know! 37

3 Love: Under the Moon and Stars We Did Meet 63

4 Romance and Intimacy: The Soul of a Marriage 81

5 Sexuality: Only Women Look Good Naked 101

6 Our Woundedness: Turning Mud into Bricks 123

7 His Needs (for Her) 147

8 Her Needs (for Him) 171

Closing 197

Notes 199

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Romancing Your Better Half: Keeping Intimacy Alive in Your Marriage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Romance means different things to different people, but Rick Johnson is able to show the reader how to make changes that will help build romance with your other. Whether a new or a well-established marriage, the author helps to keep things fresh while exploring new avenues. My husband and I read this book together so we could discuss the ideas with each other, which is always great for connecting with conversation. The chapters include topics such as communication, love, romance and intimacy, sexuality, woundedness, his needs and her needs. I see this as a book to share to help build a deep, special relationship with your loved one. I was given this book by Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
KendraBurrows More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was like talking over the fence about relationships with the neighbor who just loaned you their hedge clippers. It was oddly refreshing to read a relationship book from a male point of view - especially from a guy that seems to have no special training or research in the area. It's clear the author has read and thought a lot about the subject, but the book wasn't filled with the latest research. It was just a guy talking over the fence (or maybe over dinner - it's too long for a fence chat). Don't get me wrong - I love me some marriage research details. {I am a researcher at heart!} But this was a quicker read than that and was appealing in its own right, for its everyman approach. Now, there were some downsides to this for me. There were times when I was intrigued by a comment and wanted more detail. This is more of a big picture book than a nitty-gritty detail book, but it kept the pace going for easy reading. Additionally, there were a few sentences throughout that raised my hackles a bit. The author made some generalizations based on his own opinions and experiences, which may hold true in real life for all I know, but felt too casual and simplistic for my taste. When I reminded myself that this is a conversation with the neighbor guy, I settled down and kept reading. {You don't have to agree with your dinner partner's every word to get plenty of meaningful things out of the conversation.} The author deals with the basic relationship topics (communication, love, romance, sex) but also has a chapter on "our woundedness," which I found especially compelling. He addressed the issues that we bring into our marriages and how they affect our relationship. Specifically, he discussed the individual needs of men and women and how we can work to understand them in ourselves and our spouses. I was especially excited to see him addressing the societal problems that have led to so many of these wounds, including the current trend of devaluing men's contributions. {Don't get me started! I talk about our society's horrendous treatment of males so often in my college classes that I could jump full-speed into a diatribe from a standstill.} All told, I liked the book. It was an easy read and definitely gave me things to think about - and to discuss with my husband. I would recommend it. {Full disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.}
HollyMthethwa More than 1 year ago
I think it was the beginning of December when I saw an email come through from Revell Books about a blog book tour for Romancing Your Better Half by Rick Johnson. I saw the title and jumped on the bandwagon to review it, because, well, six months into a new baby, I thought it would be an excellent refresher. So, I grabbed my coffee and started working my way through it each time I sank into the rocking chair to nurse Areli.    Rick dedicates a chapter to marriage, communication, love, romance and intimacy, sexuality, our woundedness, his needs, and her needs. Each chapter ends with practical tips and guidance to implement into your marriage. While I've read many similar insights in other marriage books, I appreciated this book because of it's practical tips. Sometimes, you already know a piece of advice or you've heard it, but you really don't do anything about it, and this book reminds you to take action--even in the little things.    "But marriage has a tendency to expose the truth about two people and shine a light on their true character," Rick states. I've found this to be so true in my marriage with Oscar. God has used our marriage to cause the ugliness deep within us to rise to the surface to be dealt with. He's used marriage to reveal anger issues, bitterness issues, unforgiveness issues, communication issues, identity issues, etc. When they've risen to the surface, it hasn't been pretty, but it's caused both of us to drop to our knees and to realize how short we fall. This book reminded me that going through the hardstuff is what helps redefine our marriage. The challenges take it to a deeper level if we allow them to, instead of giving up.   Rick states, "Whether in a sporting event, at the workplace, or in a science lab, the person who is able to overcome the greatest difficulties is celebrated as a winner. Why should marriage be any different? When the hardships of a relationship confront us, we shouldn't easily quit but rather give it the same effort we would any other worthwhile challenge in life."   Romancing Your Better Half disscusses more than just surprising your significant other with a date night or a special dinner; it's about romancing your spouse from the way you respond to him/her to the way you meet his/her needs.    If you're looking for a very practical book—with great insights into marriage—then this book is for you. Rick discusses the marriages of young couples and older couples, so it's really for all marriages.