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Timeout! » PJ’s Book Blog http://retreatreviewrenew.com To retreat, review and renew! Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:48:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.8 Timeout Book Review: If I knew then what I know now… http://retreatreviewrenew.com/uncategorized/timeout-book-review-if-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/uncategorized/timeout-book-review-if-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:58:09 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=714 PJ (Phyllis & Jerry) just received another book review from one our readers…

“If Timeout had been written and available a decade ago, my life would have been VERY different.  I saw myself and my husband throughout the book.  So many incidents remembered as I read the book that would have been handled differently, meaning better, if we’d had these tools then.

We think we do respect one another in relationships, but until you read Timeout and see it for yourself, you don’t realize how often we  were doing the opposite.

It’s a truly wonderful book!”

Norma B.

Addison Illinois

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TIMEOUT Wins Gold in 2012 Global Ebook Awards! http://retreatreviewrenew.com/uncategorized/timeout-wins-gold-in-2012-global-ebook-awards/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/uncategorized/timeout-wins-gold-in-2012-global-ebook-awards/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:06:54 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=697 PJ are proud to announce that TIMEOUT has won the Gold in the 2012 Global Ebook Awards in the Relationships Category!

2012 TIMEOUT Global Ebook Award

Our Guidebook For An Intentional Life has been an evolving process that has been greatly enriched by our readers and Ebook judges feedback as we continue to improve and expand the relationship and planning processes detailed in the book.

With Gratitude… Phyllis & Jerry (PJ)

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Timeout For The Wedding Waltz http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/timeout-for-the-wedding-waltz/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/timeout-for-the-wedding-waltz/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:54:33 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=657 The Wedding Waltz: The steps from a couple’s courtship dance to the wedding waltz often involves an intricate and interconnected dance floor of evolving relationships with friends and family. Taking a Timeout! To Retreat, Review & Renew along the way just might be the surest way to keep that wedding waltz smile on both your faces beyond the honeymoon hip-hop!

As one of Amazon’s hall of fame reviewers comments…  “Too often the stresses of the outside world get played out on the day to day union of a couple. What the Campagnas have done is provided a service station for couples – preventative medicine to assure that relationships survive and thrive the climate of now.” -Grady Harp

Relationships are work–and we need to show up everyday to insure that those relationships are treated with the type of excellent customer service we’d expect in our daily interfacing with co-workers and business partners.

In essence we gotta do the dance–and shift the steps based on the tempo of the musical relationships that we value.

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Working Your Relationships: How Do You Roll? http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/working-your-relationships-how-do-you-roll/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/working-your-relationships-how-do-you-roll/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:45:47 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=644 Something as basic as how you roll the toilet paper, over or under – and whether it differs from your spouse’s method – could signal tumultuous times ahead, according to a new book at the heart of a Harper College seminar series. As the authors of Timeout! To Retreat, Review and Renew put it, “It’s sometimes the smallest of issues that can create the largest of argument in a relationship—and in the end, it usually rolls down to creating an environment of mutual respect.”

The book, written by Harper Educational Foundation Board Member Jerry Campagna and his wife, Phyllis, details potential relationship issues and step-by-step ways to address them head-on. The Campagnas will offer a free presentation on their book, “Timeout! To Retreat, Review and Renew,” and sign copies at 5 p.m. (signing) and 7 p.m. (presentation) Tuesday, February 21 in the Wojcik Conference Center on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

They’ll also lead a three-part couples’ workshop series in March that focuses on the book’s strategies and incorporates interactive exercises with an eye on improving interpersonal communication and goal setting. “Work and family issues can push even the best relationships to the brink,” says Jerry Campagna, who built a career as a writer. “We believe our book is the happily-ever-after playbook, and we’re looking forward to sharing the lessons we’ve learned.”  The couple based the book on their own realization – formed while trying to run three companies and raise a family – that their lives could only be truly integrated if they got serious about taking time for each other.

To RSVP to the free presentation and signing, visit https://harpercollege.wufoo.com/forms/z7r1k7/  or call 847.925.6300. The authors will also be donating 25 percent of that day’s book sales to Harper’s Rita and John Canning Women’s Program.

The three-day Timeout! workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting March 10, is offered through the College’s Continuing Education Department and costs $149 per person. To register, call 847.925.6300 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/ce.

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Timeout! … Sold Out! at Barnes & Noble Book Presention http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/timeout-sold-out-at-barnes-noble-book-presention/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/timeout-sold-out-at-barnes-noble-book-presention/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:31:07 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=632 Continuing their book tour with a Timeout! presentation at the Barnes & Noble store in Schaumburg IL on Saturday 2/11/12, Phyllis & Jerry (PJ) Campagna were elated with the reception from store patrons, as affirmed by the store selling out their entire stock of Timeout! books within an hour of the presentation’s conclusion!

Barnes & Noble marked the occasion with a special edition Timeout! Frappuccino and PJ even had time to “mouse” around the store and chat with avid readers of all ages and species! This was the second signing that the Timeout! authors have made at a Barnes & Noble store since the book launched on 11/11/11.

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Over 50 Attend First Timeout! Book Presentation on 1/24/12 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/613/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/news/613/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:05:37 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=613 Phyllis & Jerry (PJ) Campagna were more than a little nervous before the start of their first Timeout! To Retreat, Review & Renew book presentation at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on 1/24/12 with over 50 people attending the event.  And… as the evening evolved with laughter and lots of questions from the audience–it was all good for all!

The attendees were a mix of young and “seasoned”; married and single; family and friends.  One of the most frequently asked questions related to whether Timeout! applied to singles and in-between relationships.  The answer, Absolutely!  For while Timeout! was developed out of PJ desire to establish better communication and goal setting as they started to evolve as a couple and family–the interpersonal communication strategies outlined in the book apply to all types of relationships–from the breakfast room, to the boardroom to the breakroom–Timeout is about building trust and understanding.

PJ would also like to Books By Sunset for donating 50% of book proceeds from the evening to The Literacy Connection in Elgin and for the Gail Borden Library for hosting the presentation as part of their ongoing “Authors on the Fox” book series.

As the self proclaimed “Playbook for Happily Ever After!”… all who attended the Timeout! presentation seemed to leave with wider smiles than when they arrived!

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Barnes & Noble book launch lifts off with friends & family! http://retreatreviewrenew.com/pjs-book-blog/barnes-noble-book-launch-lifts-off-with-friends-family/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/pjs-book-blog/barnes-noble-book-launch-lifts-off-with-friends-family/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:13:59 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/?p=444 Friday 11/11/11 marked the official launch of Phyllis & Jerry (PJ) Campagna’s book, Timeout! To Retreat, Review & Renew at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Arlington Heights, Illinois!  PJ were thrilled to celebrate this long sought goal of publishing a book detailing their annual planning get-away with friends and family.  They wrote the book so that others could benefit from what has proven to be the center point of growing their relationship, goals and smile factor!  Thanks again to all those who attended and bought a book–the Arlington Heights Barnes & Noble store has now decided to “shelve” our book as a stock item based on initial sales!

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Finally… A Playbook For Happily Ever After! http://retreatreviewrenew.com/pjs-book-blog/another-fake-blog-post/ http://retreatreviewrenew.com/pjs-book-blog/another-fake-blog-post/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:54:27 +0000 http://retreatreviewrenew.com/book/?p=220 It’s here!!  The book Timeout! To Retreat, Review & Renew, is going live with its  companion website, www.RetreatReviewRenew.com, on November 1, 2011. Both the book and the website are a ‘how-to’ guide for couples wanting to take time out to retreat, review and renew their relationships, goals and smile-factor.  The authors, Phyllis & Jerry Campagna have developed and applied these processes on the “playing field” of life over the past 15 years while managing their own careers, melding a family, and, taking time out to nurture their partnership.

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