The Married Guide to Surviving and Thriving over the Holidays

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Patheos Book Club is featuring Lisa's and my new book, Just Married: The Catholic Guide to  Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage.   They asked us to write a piece that could help couples at every stage of the marital journey make it through the holidays in one piece.  Check it out! Staying Married through the Holidays: Mission...Possible? Before you put your attorneys on retainer, here is a list of things you and your soul mate can do to survive, and maybe even thrive, dur … [Read more...]

Just Married: A Patheos Book Club Interview with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

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Deborah Arca of the Patheos Book Club interviewed Lisa and I yesterday on our new book, Just Married:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 5 Years of Marriage (Ave Maria Press). … [Read more...]

Marriage Hack: Improve your Marriage (and your Life) in 3 Easy Steps


On this feast of St. Jerome, who is almost as well-known for his temper as for his work translating the bible, we thought we'd share some tips for negotiating marital arguments.This video reveals a surprisingly simple, empirically-validated technique that anyone can use to improve their marriage and, surprisingly, general life satisfaction in 3 easy steps.  I'll describe those steps below, but it's worth watching the video to understand the background of the study and to get a sense of how … [Read more...]

Is No-Sex the New Sex?


That's the title of an article at The Science of Relationships.The article itself covers a few different topics related to this theme, but the thing that struck me was a recognition by secular professionals that a lack of chastity (not the way they put it, of course, but still) is bad for relationships.  To put it in their language, the longer a couple delays the onset of sexual activity, the more likely the relationship will be long lasting and exclusive.Delaying the onset of sexual … [Read more...]

Check out the New Book Trailer for our new title, “Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 5 Years.”

 The release is Sept 23rd but you can pre-order here!Or, starting Monday 9/23,  answer the Question of the Day on our More2Life Radio FB page for a chance to win a free copy before it goes on sale! … [Read more...]

Marriage Enemy #1

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People often ask me what the biggest problem affecting marriages is.  They usually expect me to say something like, "poor communication", "infidelity", "drugs and alcohol" and the like.All of these are important problems, of course and they are, unfortunately, common.  But they are not the most common or even the most serious problem undermining marriages in my estimation.  In fact, the real problem is what often causes all of these other issues.  So, what is the most common marriage problem … [Read more...]

Great New Way to Destroy Your Relationships–Get the APP


This has got to be the worst app I've seen in a long time.Brownie Points is designed for couples to help keep track of each other's behavior.  Couples give each other points for doing things the other likes and each partner accumulates those points to earn rewards like "having a girls night out" or "getting alone time" or whatever.  I appreciate that many couples work this way and I also appreciate the intention of the app to help catch each other "being good."  But I have to admit, this id … [Read more...]

Holy Sex! More Resources for Infallible Loving


When my book, Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe Curling, Mind Blowing, Infallible Loving came out in 2008, it was (to my knowledge) the first and (again, to my knowledge) still is the only book to which faithful Catholics can turn to address real,  practical questions about sex, sexuality, and sexual problems.And although Holy Sex! continues to be the only published resource that exists to help faithful, Catholic married couples celebrate the fullness of their marital love, I am pleased to re … [Read more...]