NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the keys to upholding your vows while staying sane in this hilariously candid guide to relationships, from the husband-and-wife team of comedian Kevin Fredericks and influencer Melissa Fredericks
“Kev and Melissa are not afraid to tell the truth!”—Tabitha Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Feeding the Soul
Growing up, Kevin and Melissa Fredericks were taught endless rules around dating, sex, and marriage, but not a lot about what actually makes a relationship work. When they first got married, they felt alone—like every other couple had perfect chemistry while the two of them struggled. There were conversations that they didn’t know they needed to have, fears that affected how they related to each other, and seasons of change that put their marriage to the test.
Part of their story reads like a Christian fairytale: high school sweethearts, married in college, never sowed any wild oats, with two sons and a thriving marriage. But there’s another side of their story: the night Melissa kicked Kevin out of her car after years of communication problems, the time early in their marriage when Kevin bordered on an emotional affair, the way they’ve used social media and podcasts to conduct a no-holds-barred conversation about forbidden topics like jealousy, divorce, and how to be Christian and sex positive. (Because, as Kevin writes, “Your hormones don’t care about your religious beliefs. Your hormones want you to subscribe to OnlyFans.”)
In Marriage Be Hard, the authors provide a hilarious and fresh master class on what it takes to build and maintain a lasting relationship. Drawing on interviews with experts and nearly two decades of marriage, they argue that
• Compatibility is overrated.
• Communication is about way more than simply talking.
• Seeing divorce as an option can actually help your marriage.
• There’s such a thing as healthy jealousy.
Real marriage is not automatic. It ain’t no Tesla on the open road. Sometimes it’s a stick shift on a hill in the rain with no windshield wipers. But if you get comfortable visiting—and revisiting—the topics that matter, it can transform your bond with your partner and the life you’re building together.
Written for those tired of unrealistic relationship books—and for anyone wondering if they’re the only ones breaking all the rules—Marriage Be Hard is a breath of fresh air and the manual you wish existed after you said “I do.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’ve ever wished that marriage came with an instruction manual, this is the audiobook for you. Kevin and Melissa Fredericks have tackled tough questions about relationships on their hit podcast The Love Hour, and in this funny and helpful guide they offer a one-stop shop for all the wedded wisdom they’ve accumulated after nearly 20 years. Kevin and Melissa use humor, common sense, and loads of experience to let married couples know they’re not alone in their challenges. They share intimate and entertaining stories from their life together to illustrate some of the many ways that partnership can go wonky. (Like reading your spouse’s texts out of context. Big yikes!) Bedroom dynamics, jealousy, fighting, communication, parenting: Kevin and Melissa can help you talk about it all—and you can hear the sincerity (and laughter) in their voices. Sure, marriage can be hard, but the Frederickses are here to help make it a little bit easier.
This is such a good book for relationships. My husband and I laughed so much reading this. We also had great discussions together at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend.
Soo many gems to take away. Will definitely need to re-listen and take notes. Proud of you guys.
Great read! Kev an Lissa did a great job!