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5 Stars Out Of 5
Wonderful Refresher Course for all Married Couples
January 2, 2012
Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of the bestselling book ~ The Five Love Languages~ which sold more than 6 million copies. And has just written Happily Ever After. It encompasses much wisdom from The Five Love Languages but goes much deeper in the trials that married couples encounter today.
Lets face it~ even the best of marriages will have some bumps in the road now and then. The whole secret to a long lasting marriage that is still alive is how you handle the troubles and trials of life as a couple. We all have troubles and trials~ no marriage is exempt.
I am so thankful for the man I am married to~ but even after all these years we still argue about certain issues. Like~ I like the internal temperature at about 67 degrees all year long. He likes it about 70 degrees in the winter and 75 degrees in the summer. I am always having my own personal summer. He is a "less is more person." I think~" the bigger the better. "If a little is good ~ a lot is so much better. "He is very cheap~ sorry Love! I am fashionably frugal ~ but spend money when I really want to. I just like to get a a lot for my money! We are real people who live a real life here at the Shindorf home. Sometimes we disagree. In the end I would not want to face this life without him.
Dr. Chapman shows couple how to fight fair, negotiate change, manage money, raise kids, maintain a healthy intimate life and how to get along with in-laws.
He writes with 30 years of counseling experience and a world of real life examples~ all based in Biblical wisdom. His goal is to help couples how to understand each other and grow as a couple for years to come.
I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 stars~
For those unfamiliar with the author, Dr. Gary Chapman is a relationship guru. Penning such bestselling classics as "The 5 Love Languages" and "The Four Seasons of Marriage" and "Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married," Dr. Chapman has hit another home run with "Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage."
Happily Ever After is divided into six sections, each addressing one of the most common causes of *temporary* discord in marriage (conflict, change, money, children, sex, in-laws), with each chapter sub-divided into several chapters ranging from three to five pages in length. Blending advice, research, personal anecdotes and real-life examples, Happily Ever After reads more like a devotional than a self-help book.
Here's what I like about Dr. Chapman's latest work:
(1) Relevant. The material is as challenging as it is relatable. Regardless of age, culture, or length of marriage, every couple will find the material relevant and insightful.
(2) Reference. The segmented style offers the freedom to use the content as a reference, picking and choosing sections and chapters as they apply to interest or need. I enjoyed the ability to skip around and leapfrog my way through this read.
(3) Insightful. If you commit to reading with an open mind it seems there's a little mirror hidden within each chapter reflecting back at you. Yep _ be prepared _ you will become a better spouse.
(4) Practical. I appreciate the author's genuine concern (and gifting) to help couples of all types and levels continue evolving in their understanding of one another. Found within are many tools and tips on how to communicate and grow over a lifetime together.
Happily Ever After is a great read for any season of marriage.
(I was provided with a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)