Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage

Moody Publishers, 2014
ISBN: 9780802490704
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What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”?

When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan.

But then real life sets in, bringing with it disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.

Team Us offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.

From the Back Cover

What most marriages are missing…

The best marriages have a teamwork mentality. Spouses serve each other, support each other, and celebrate each other. They tackle life as a unit, and when one slips, the other gives grace. They can be vulnerable together because they know they rise and fall as one.

Do you want a marriage like this? Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage will help you and your spouse cultivate a teamwork mentality. Ashleigh Slater shares observations from her marriage while offering practical, realistic ideas for unifying yours.

Even if just one of you reads this book, your marriage can grow in intimacy and joy, providing momentum for the changes you long to see.

Contents

Foreword by Gary Chapman
Introduction: I Do, Of Course
Chapter 1: Grace like Sweeping
Chapter 2: Goodbye Me, Hello Us
Chapter 3: Yours, Mine, and Ours
Chapter 4: Conflict 101
Chapter 5: A Lighthearted Marriage
Chapter 6: The Lost Months
Chapter 7: Pink Slips and Other Losses
Chapter 8: The Parent Trap
Chapter 9: The Friendship Inventory
Chapter 10: Finishing Well

Praise for Team Us

Team Us addresses one of the most important aspects of an intimate marriage: becoming one. With a whimsical and engaging style, Ashleigh Slater challenges us to build our 'team' with careful thought, perseverance, and commitment.
Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and A Lifelong Love

Is your marriage a team effort? Are you and your main squeeze producing the sweet fruit of joyful togetherness and intimacy? Or are you beginning to resemble a pair of old lemons, estranged and sour, waiting to be picked off by the enemy and added to the heap of failed relationships? If you've lost some of the "us-ness" you had when you first got married, Team Us is a book you need to read. If you want to fire up the togetherness in your relationship, build oneness, and live with a "Team Us" spirit, read Ashleigh's book today! Her writing is transparent, engaging, funny, and helpful. This book will fill you with the practical perspective you need to win in marriage.
Kirk Cameron, actor/film producer

Part Princess Bride and part Remember the Titans, you’ll be cheering for Team Us from page one! Ashleigh does a masterful job of weaving in her own story with yours. You’ll learn what it takes to triumph in marriage as a team, even when the odds are stacked up against you.
Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and coauthor of Growing Up Social

Marriage is the adventure of a lifetime—a sacred and lifelong commitment played out in the triumphs and tragedies of the day-to-day. In Team Us, Ashleigh (and Ted) bring you along on their adventure, sharing the simple but foundational lessons they've learned along the way. The result is a fun, honest, and convicting read that made me eager to apply the “team” concept to my own marriage, and more excited than ever for the years ahead.
Alex Harris, coauthor of Do Hard Things and Start Here

Team Us is a wonderful read for married couples who are looking to get on the same page. Encouraging, inspirational, and very easy to pass between spouses for sparking conversation.
Renee Fisher, author of four books including Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me

Packed full of challenging and uplifting marriage advice, Team Us will draw readers in and set them up for a successful, fun, and godly marriage. Ashleigh Slater has a way with words where we see our own strengths and weaknesses within her story. Coupled with candid personal stories, humorous life happenings, and biblical truth, both men and women will relate and jump in to make their marriages even better. Team Us will be close at hand to share with those I mentor.
Sarah Francis Martin, author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famouswww.liveitoutblog.com

Like a conversation with a true friend, this book is open, real, and honest. Ashleigh invites you inside her heart and home to humbly share wisdom gained from experiences she and her husband have walked through. Here you’ll find solid teaching that is gentle, yet poignant, with a touch of humor, showing how to trust, to love freely, to keep no record of wrongs  . . . and the many other ways of living that make for a rich, fulfilling marriage. We highly recommend this book for couples of any age.
Matthew and Lisa Jacobson, authors of 100 Ways to Love Your Husband and 100 Ways to Love Your Wife

Team Us is a “must-have” book for every couple. Ashleigh’s writing style drew me in and kept me captivated throughout. The relationship between Ashleigh and her husband, Ted, is my favorite aspect of the book, and I love the fact that his voice was present throughout. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!
Darlene Schacht, creator of The Time-Warp Wife

When it comes to the ups and downs of daily life, are you and your spouse on the same team? If you struggle with unity in your relationship, Team Us is a great read. It offers practical and encouraging thoughts on how you can better live out marriage together!
Mitch Temple, LMFT, marriage author/speaker, faith and family movie consultant (Fireproof, Mom’s Night Out)

Team Us is a transparent look into marriage through the life of Ashleigh and Ted Slater. It is their real life ups and downs through which Ashleigh has brilliantly unearthed relevant principles that will add value to any marriage. Ashleigh’s humor and vulnerability will keep you turning pages. If you are married or believe marriage is in your future, then Team Us is waiting for its place on your nightstand.
Rob McDowell, lead pastor, North Metro Church, Marietta, Georgia

Team Us is a resource that I believe will help husbands and wives put their relationship into the right perspective and give them hope and motivation to aim for teamwork!
Jennifer Smith, author of The Unveiled Wife and Wife After God

Ashleigh’s warm, humorous, and unflinchingly honest revelations and insights convicted, inspired and motivated me. Even after 23 years of marriage, God used Team Us to give me a clearer, deeper picture of exactly what He has in mind when He created marriage. It gave me new tools to tackle old problems with hope and a plan. Team Us is a wonderful resource for couples that can transform their mentality about marriage and help them pursue the relationship in the way God intended!
Melinda Means, blogger, speaker and co-author of Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family


Product Details

  • Title : Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
  • Authors:
    • Slater, Ashleigh
    • Chapman, Gary
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • ISBN: 9780802490704

About the Authors

ASHLEIGH SLATER is also the author of the book Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage and Braving Sorrow: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master's degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. She and her husband Ted married in 2002 and have four daughters.

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