Marriage Resources

Tools for you and your spouse

Real Marriage (9 week class)
Whether your marriage is thriving or just surviving, learn skills to resolve conflict, speak each other’s “love language,” improve intimacy and build momentum as a couple.

Talk Appointment (1 hour)
We’re not professional counselors. We don’t promise, or even attempt, to fix problems. But we do promise to provide a safe space to listen and help you explore your feelings, as well as a path forward with God.

Couples Camp - every Spring
We know the best things are often the toughest—because nothing worth doing is easy. Marriage is both wonderful and challenging. Same with Couples Camp. Come spend two nights in a tent and find some wide open space for you both to stretch, grow and reconnect. Share a tent. Share a challenge. Share the adventure.

Mentoring (ongoing)
Invest in your marriage by being privately coached and mentored by long-time Real Marriage facilitators Fred and MaryCarol Gennette.

The Third Option (14 week class)
This ongoing marriage enrichment/marriage crisis group program uses a drop-in format, skill-building and sharing by couples who have overcome difficulties.

Retrouvaille (weekend retreat plus)
The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. It consists of one weekend, plus six follow-up sessions over approximately three months. 513.456.5413

Websites Divorce does not answer the basic issues of marriage dissolution. Smart Marriages National Coalition Proven way to increase the success of marriage, reduce divorce rates, and provide a better environment for children to thrive. National Institute of Marriage. Provides intensive counseling programs, conferences and resources.

Books, articles and videos

Search “marriage” on our Crossroads site and hear from folks in our community with important and encouraging things to say about marriage.

“The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John M. Gottman
“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
“His Needs, Her Needs” by Willard F. Harley
“Fighting For Your Marriage” by Howard J. Markman
“Divorce Busting” by Michele Weiner-Davis
“Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas
“Love & Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
“A Celebration of Sex” by Dr. Douglas Rosenau
“The Gift of Sex” by Clifford and Joyce Penner
“The Sex-Starved Marriage” by Michele Weiner Davis

Professional Counseling

Click here for a list of some of the counselors and counseling options available in the Cincinnati area.