Catching up in 2017

Catching Up In the New Year

Jenny and I didn’t mean to vanish from the blogging world. It just sort of happened. With the addition of baby Emmalynn to our family–amid a number of other changes–life kept getting busier. The good news is that we haven’t completely disappeared. The two of us simply stepped away for a few months to catch our breath. Some of the highlights of this time included a family vacation to Minnesota, sledding, a trip to The Mall of America, lots of relaxing by the fireplace, and breakfast with the pastor who performed our wedding ceremony. The good news is that life has finally slowed down enough to begin catching up–which I’m especially excited about because I have missed connecting!

Experimenting In 2017

It is hard to believe that 2017 is already here. My theme for the year is experimenting. I chose this word because there are many new ideas that I am eager to try out. These experiments may turn out wonderfully, or they might fall flat. No matter what happens, trying new things always brings fresh insights and growth–which is precisely what makes experiments so great!

One of my goals for 2017 is to write shorter books and more books. I am excited about experimenting with cover designs, a variety of topics, and different writing styles.

131 Necessary Conversations Before Marriage

131 Necessary Conversations Before Marriage is my latest writing experiment. My goal is to provide insightful, Christ-honoring conversations that every couple should–and must–have before declaring, “I do.” This book is an excellent gift for every engaged and serious couple.

131 Necessary Conversations Before Marriage

Jon Beaty was kind enough to write the first review and had this to say:

This is not just a list of questions–it’s a valuable tool for any couple planning marriage. Jed begins this book with interesting anecdotes from his personal experience and his experience as a marriage counselor, helping you identify habits that destroy a marriage and habits that make a marriage happy. The discussion questions that follow are great for getting to know your potential spouse better, and laying the foundation for a bond that can grow deeper and stronger in the years to come. Before you say “I do” invest in this book and use it. It’s an investment in your happiness you’ll be grateful for the rest of your life.

131 Necessary Conversations Before Marriage

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Book Launch Experiments

According to experts, book launches are not supposed to be kept secret. Thus, I should have offered free review copies of this book months ago. Sadly, I can’t go back in time–although this would be a fun superpower to have. The good news is that I can still offer you a review copy. If this book interests you, and you would be willing to leave an honest review on Amazon, simply email me at Let me know if you prefer the eBook or paperback edition, and tell me where to send your free review copy.

Each and every review assists me in growing as a writer and helps this book get noticed on a crowded platform. So please don’t be shy in requesting a copy.

Catching Up With You

Finally, I would love to catch up with you! What have you been up to over the past few months? Do you have a new project in the works, a new goal for 2017, or a personal theme for the year? I am looking forward to catching up, and continuing our conversation in the comments below!

Jed Jurchenko

Jed Jurchenko is the husband to an incredible wife, daddy to four amazing girls, and a foster dad to one more. He's served as a children's pastor, marriage and family therapist, psychology professor, award-winning writing coach, and life coach. Jed is the author of 23 books on relationships, parenting, writing, and doing life well. In his free time, you'll find Jed reading, preparing for an upcoming marathon, barbecuing, paddle boarding, and enjoying life with his incredible family. Find out more about Jed's books, coaching, and courses at

8 thoughts on “Catching Up In the New Year”

  1. You’ve already been an inspiration, even this early into 2017, for me to experiment more myself. Looking forward to some fun and exciting things ahead.

  2. Jed,

    Welcome back! My Friday evening routine last year was to catch up on your latest posts. I missed doing that the past few months. I’m looking forward to more of your insights in 2017.

    In 2017, my focus will be on helping people thrive in their marriages and as parents through my blog posts and articles for The Gottman Relationship Blog and LifeZette.

    A thriving and Happy New Year to you and Jen and your kids!

    1. Thanks Jon,
      I love your goals for 2017, and blogging for the Gottman site is incredible! We use some of their books in the psychology classes at our Seminary. Their research and resources are amazing. Thank you again for all of your words of encouragement along the way!

  3. Hey J&J… So good to have you back in my life on a more frequent basis. I have missed you! Hope you have had a great experience connecting more as a family. So vital. Lots of excitement in store at 1Glories, including a book and our first course (oh the disdain I have for that word, it’s more of a life resource than a “I am the teacher/coach and thou shall listen to me”). Either way, I am super excited. Just not ready to offr up any details. Blessings.

    1. Hey Chad,
      I can’t wait to check out your new book and life resource–that is awesome! I’ve missed you as well, and am looking forward to reconnecting in the weeks ahead.

  4. Jed!

    I’d recently been wondering where you’ve been! Glad to see you posting again, and looking forward to great things from — and for — you in 2017!


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