5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jewell R. Powell, author of Marriage 101

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jewell R. Powell, author of Marriage 101
(Revell/Baker Publishing Group)

Jewell R. Powell, known as the “Marriage Coach”, is an author, entrepreneur and inspirational teacher with a heart and passion for helping couples have great marriages. She is the author of Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith published by Revell/Baker.

Marriage 101 is the first marriage book with a curriculum written for the African American Christian market. In Marriage 101, 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 you may need to change so that your marriage can thrive.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Marriage 101?

Jewell R. Powell: In 2001, I really thought my marriage was over – that there was no hope. I was a born-again believer, faithfully going to church and Bible Study, active in the ministry, yet, I thought I was the only one having problems in my marriage.

I was still very much in love with my husband and wanted my marriage to work, but I was not happy. At that time, I believed no one could help me but God. Since He created marriage, I decided to go to the Bible. This led me on a spiritual journey to discover why God created the covenant of marriage and how to fulfill the vows I made to God and Lewis on May 1996.

I found the answers I was looking for. Since I was on the brink of divorce and was able to turn my marriage around, I wrote it to help others who also may feel there is no hope.

JP: What sets Marriage 101 apart from other books in its genre?

JRP: I believe most books are either written from a skill perspective [learn all the ways to you can communicate with one another, know that men are physical and women are emotional etc] or from men and women with PhDs who use their experience as a marriage counselor by using other stories to get their point across.

I am just a Christian woman who was married and unhappy and decided to seek God for answers. This book is simply my journey on how I researched the Bible and applied the principles to reconcile my marriage.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Marriage 101 getting out to the public?

JRP: 1) I believe people are looking for truth. They are looking for real, genuine people who are just like them. 2) My faith and success in my marriage lead to success with this book. God’s word is true and when you apply them, you will get success. 3) Marriage 101 is changing people’s lives and their marriages. 4) Word of mouth is the key to our success.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Marriage 101?JRP: I’ve been working on Marriage 101 since 2001. I self-published the 1st edition in 2003, then added a workbook along with a 2nd edition in 2007. Marriage 101 was picked up by a major publishing company in 2007. Revell published it in February 2009.

JP: What’s next for Jewell Powell?

JRP: I’ve just completed a Marriage 101 mini-book series which discusses the following: 1) Communication, 2) Finance, 3) Parenting and 4) Sex & Intimacy. We have other topics coming as well.

We’ve also just completed a Marriage 101 Marriage Enrichment Curriculum and Pre-marital Curriculum for church leaders. Lewis and I have been traveling nationwide teaching the Marriage 101 Principles


Marriage 101 is a #1 Bestseller for 2009 on http://mosaicbooks.com/

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3 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jewell R. Powell, author of Marriage 101”

  1. Joey, thanks for hosting Jewell Powell on your blog today.

    BTW, have a Blessed Thanksgiving! I will be taking off for the year after this week. 🙂

  2. I think this book is a good read I read te interviews and also her solutions to the problems I think this will be a good marriage reference book to help your marriage….

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