Marriage 101 (Blog Tour and Giveaway)

Monday, November 16, 2009

First things first:


  • At the end of the week, One Winner (Randomly chosen from all blogs - see schedule at will receive a $30 DATE NIGHT certificate to the restaurant of their choice (Applebees, Chili's, Ruby Tuesday or Red Lobster) and a gift pack of books (includes Marriage 101, I Don't Want a Divorce, and Have a New Husband by Friday.)
To enter, you MUST leave an email address in the comments AND answer the question posted (see end of post).

Meet Jewell Powell, author of Marriage 101

In July of 1992, Jewell met her Prince Charming at a Roy Rogers restaurant. When the couple decided to marry four years later, both were aware of the latest marriage statistics and the legacy of divorce that lay between them. Her parents divorced when she was four, after moving the family to Maryland, leaving her to be raised by a single mother. To circumvent the odds, they went through pre-marital counseling, attended church regularly and felt a strong love for one another. They believed they were ready for marriage.

While desiring to have a happily ever after, Jewell found life after marriage anything but a fairy tale. In 2001, she and her husband, Lewis, had been married for five years but were growing apart, after experiencing problems with infertility, sleeping in separate bedrooms and Lewis’s increasing disinterest in going to church. As she searched for answers to her marital troubles, Jewell found herself on a journey, seeking answers to save her marriage.

Despite a shaky beginning, the Powells now have a relationship with a strong foundation. After successfully resolving their marital problems, they started the Happily Ever After Marriage Ministry to help others do the same. Her new book, Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith (Revell Books February 2009, ISBN 978-0-8007-3332-2, $13.99), offers hope and guidance to help transform broken relationships through the use of biblical wisdom in a simple workbook format.

Jewell serves as co-owner of Antiok Holdings, an emerging full-service management consulting firm, which she owns with her husband. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Maryland and is pursuing a Master of Divinity. The Powells reside in southern Maryland with their two daughters. For more information, please visit


Your marriage can be strong, healthy, happy, and blessed. Marriage coach Jewell Powell shows you how in this 8-week plan for marital success. She reveals how God’s truths can transform two individuals into the union he desires. Laying a spiritual foundation is crucial to your marriage. In Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith, you will discover God’s purpose for marriage, how to develop godly character, how to communicate effectively, and much more. With biblical examples, study questions, and Scripture meditations perfect for individuals or couples, you will be challenged to examine areas in your life that may need change so that your marriage can thrive.


I was thoroughly impressed with Jewell Powell's Marriage 101 and am so glad I had the opportunity to review this book. This book combines multiple elements that together create a very well-rounded, thorough, and engaging guide for couples on marriage. All this is fit in less than 250 pages which makes the guide very manageable. Powell begins the book by summing up the goals of marriage in an easy and fitting word -- Altruism. The book is broken up into the words that make up this acronym -- Act, Love, Talk, Repent, Uite, Identify, Submit, and Minister. Each of these 8 chapters utilizes some combination of elements that work together to make the point of that chapter's word. These elements include the author's personal story. She and her husband have a wonderful marriage now but this is only after experiencing some major difficulties. The manner in which she shares this vulnerability makes her more personable and the marriage advice more significant. She also utilizes the story of Sleeping Beauty as a parable for living a biblical marriage and bits of these are in each chapter. Also in each chapter are several scriptures on marriage to reflect on and then some self-examination questions to help you further process where you are in reaching or working toward these goals. Another great aspect of this book is the different biblical examples of marriage the author is able to relate to current day marriage.

The use of all these components helps get the message across thoroughly and in an engaging manner. This is a work book/ bible study that can be done together or alone. For those of you who are not Christian, if you've read this far, there is definitely the potential that this may not be for you. As you would expect in a marriage book based on living biblically, there are references to the bible, God, holy spirit, etc. everywhere. However, if you can get past that, the lessons can still be related to marriage in general. In that case, you might skip the scripture and go straight to the self-examination questions. For those that are Christian, you'll find this book to be immensely helpful in helping you live a more godly marriage which, of course, equals a strong, love-filled marriage.

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Don't forget about the giveaway hosted by Tywebbin Creations!!

Answer the following question AND leave your e-mail for a chance to win a date night and pack of books (listed at the top of this post).

What can a husband or wife do to show love and appreciation for their spouse on a regular basis?


Ty said...

Great question! Thank you for hosting Jewell Powell on Take Me Away today. I will be back to check out the responses.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Jenny, this is a great post. The book sounds fascinating and helpful. I've been married for 5 years and with my husband for 10. Marriage is definitely not easy and always a work in process.

Thank you.

All the Buzz Literary Reviews said...

For me, it doesn't take much. A simple card, a flower, a compliment will suffice. Or cook me dinner once in a while or take over the household duties for a day so that I can get a little break. It's the simple things that mean the most to me. Of course, gifts are always nice! LOL But I don't need big, fancy gifts.

Sandra Stiles said...

My husband and I were both previously married and knew each other and our spouses. When our marriages fell apart we neither one planned on getting married again. When we fell in love we spent a lot of time talking about what went wrong in our first marriages. We decided to never go to bed angry, to keep the lines of communication open. We tell each other daily we love each other something we think is special about them or something we appreciate about them. It seems to be working, we are working on our 17th year of marriage.

Jenny said...

Ty -- thanks for the opportunity to review this!

Michelle -- That's just about how long we've been together/married too! March of 99 and March of 04, so together 10 1/2 and married 5 1/2 haha

All the Buzz -- I agree about the little things! (with something nice every once in a while, haha)

Sandra -- those are great ideas! I agree that spouses definitely need to let each other know daily that they are appreciated and loved. Congrats on 17 years!

Jewell R. Powell said...

Jenny - Thanks for the review.

Michelle - Marriage is work but it gets better

All the Buzz - those simple things are free and we can do those frequently. I give a list of 30 love deposits (that are free) that we can do daily to show our love

Sandra - keep up the good work!

Wanda said...

Every day tell him/her how much you love them!! wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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