Friday, December 26, 2008

Money, Sex and Kids Book Review and Giveaway

Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage
By Tina B. Tessina, PhD
(Adams Media 2008) ISBN #1-59869-325-5 256 pages, trade paper, list $12.95

“With a Ph.D., 11 books, and 30 years of counseling experience under her belt…Tina Tessina has a lot to say about the everydays of life and love.”

Ask any married couple what issues raise turmoil in the marriage and all will agree: money, sex, and kids.

These three universal conflicts—that over time can erode even the strongest unions—are cornerstone issues. A prescriptive, practical guide, MONEY, SEX, and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage (January; Trade Paper Original; Adams Media) by popular author and therapist Dr. Tina B. Tessina shows couples how to deal with their differences surrounding these divisive issues and resolve them before divorce court is the only option.

Breaking down proper etiquette for marital debate, as well as offering creative approaches to issue-specific problem-solving, MONEY, SEX, and KIDS provides readers with:
· Sample scripts to properly handle arguments
· Guidelines and exercises to deal with marital conflict
· Cases of other couples who have tackled the money, sex, kids conflict triangle

With 40 percent of all first marriages and 50 percent of all second marriages ending in divorce, America’s 56 million married couples need help. Dr. Tessina offers struggling couples a much-needed fresh look at what is mean to be married—and what it takes to stay that way.

Tina Tessina, PhD, MFT has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in California since 1978. She is the author of 12 books, including The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40 and The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again. Her most recent books are It Ends with You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction, How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free, and The Real 13th Step. Her practice includes individual and couple counseling. She’s been happily married for twenty five years.

You can purchase your copy now at Amazon here :


I recently had the chance to read and review this very insightful book. It is very easy to read and understand and extremely helpful. It actually provides sample scripts and exercises to read on how to handle arguments and marital conflicts.
It really has great tips and ways to help you understand each other.

Also has ways to work on solutions without letting your emotions take over. Helps you to separate out the two.

It explains situations that a lot of married people go through and walks you through them. One things I have always learned is if you can "get through" things instead of being "stagnant" weather it be marriages, death, conflicts, whatever, if your moving through, it is a part of the healing, Being stagnant isn't going to help in any situation. Also you both need to be able to co-operate (an age old lesson learned from Sesame Street that we teach our children everyday, but do not always follow ourselves as adults) and come to a middle ground. Both people in a marriage need to be able to bend a little.

In this book I love the outlined guidelines, situations, Struggles, and solutions.
I believe this is a wonderful resource for anyone in a marriage, if you are having problems or not, because a lot of the techniques can be used if modified in other situations. This is a very good book that I highly recommend.

Especially with the holidays just ending, a lot of people are working on new 2009 budgets and money may be an issue right now. This book may REALLy come in handy! SOOOO...

The wonderful author Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. has offered a book to one of my lucky readers as a giveaway on my blog.
Here is how to enter this giveaway:

1. Visit and comment back to me what the name of her BLOG is ?
2. visit and comment what the name of her NEWSLETTER is ?
3. Comment on my blog how you think that this book can help you and your marriage?

YOU MUST COMPLETE at least 1 of the above before doing a bonus below!!!
Bonus entries:

4. Sign up to Follow My blog
5. Follow me on Twitter
6. Donate to my Spreading Sunshine Fund (any amount)

PLEASE comment each one above in a SEPARATE comment. This giveaway is open to US residents ONLY (sorry), Contest begins immediately and ends at 5pm on Thursday January 1st (Happy New Year). Winner will be chosen by .
Winner will be contacted by January 2nd. And also winner will be posted on this blog. Thank you for reading and entering my giveaway !! Good Luck !


queenoftheclick said...

The name of Dr. Tina Tessina's blog is Dr. Romance Blog.

Her newsletter is called: Tina’s Happiness Tips Newsletter.

I am lucky to have a great sweetie (Lee) who would willingly read this book with me. We are looking to buy a house and have a baby in 2009 so we can use all the help we can get.

queenoftheclick said...

You are one of my favorite tweeters and I go looking for your pink twitter page all of the time to get caught up on the daily news.

Dina said...

Dr. Romance Blog - what a clever name! Tina's Happiness Tips is the name of the newsletter. This seems like an interesting book, and I'd love to read it and find out what Dr. Tessina advice on such important family issues is.

Dina said...

Sorry, forgot to separate the comments above... so question #2: Tina's Happiness Tips.

Dina said...

I guess those issues are sensitive spots in any marriage / family; just because they exist, a marriage is not necessarily at risk. However, we can all sometimes use some help in communicating about touchy issues in a positive way, and this book may help do just that.

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