Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married  -     By: Gary Chapman
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Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

Northfield Publishing / 2010 / Paperback

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With a divorce rate that hovers around 50 percent, don't let yourself become a statistic. In Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, Gary Chapman teaches you and your future spouse how to work together as an intimate team! He shares with engaged couples practical tips he wishes he knew before he got married. Discussion centers around love, romance, conflict resolution, forgiveness, and sexual fulfillment. Included are insightful questions, suggestions, and exercises. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Northfield Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802481833
ISBN-13: 9780802481832
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Gary Chapman writes, "Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage." No wonder the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent. Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman hopes to change that with his newest book. Gary, with more than 35 years of experience counseling couples, believes that divorce is the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates.

So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It's the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful "Talking it Over" questions and suggestions. And, the book includes information on interactive websites as well as books that will enhance the couples experience.

Dr. Chapman even includes a thought-provoking appendix. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy relationship. A revealing learning exercise is included at the end.

Author Bio

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I had read it, and bought it for a friend
    November 25, 2013
    dinawlove
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved the book so much, I read it twice (about to read it again), and bought it for a friend of mine. It was a great guide in helping me decide to end a relationship that was becoming scary and leading violent. This book, and first of all, The Lord, helped me break free before it was too late. Thank you.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for Premarital Counseling
    September 4, 2013
    Bethany Church
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We just started using this book as part of our premarital counseling materials. It offers practical advise on areas one might not typically think of for premarital counseling.

    For example: are you a morning person or a night owl?; what about your future spouse? Are you more of a talker or listener? Do you give a lot of detail in your answers or just the facts? Do you do things at the drop of a hat or do you need time to plan/process?

    All these seemingly little things and potential differences are really important to know! Fun and easy to read.
  3. Kansas
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Learned Discussion of Successful Marriage
    June 3, 2013
    PatWKirk
    Kansas
    Gender: female
    When newly married, Gary Chapman and his wife found their attitudes about everything strikingly at odds, although they shared their Christian faith. Happily-ever-after eluded them. He says many marriages falter before the seven-year mark because of unmet expectations.

    He talks about family influences, religious differences, accepting the personality differences in the other person even when the spouse breaks the dishes in the dishwasher. He discusses sex, money styles, children: whether to have them and how to raise them. He covers the unexpected problems that can take the fun out of marriage. He says the "tingles" usually disappear after the first two years. At that point, the couple needs more to keep the marriage going.

    He also refers to The 5 Love Languages and The 5 Apology Languages, two books written by him. If you have read those, you will find those chapters repetitive.

    Though he and his wife are Christians, he wrote this book for all faiths. Gary Chapman directs Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. People considering marriage can take away much from his professional advice.

    Those making a lifetime decision based only on the tingles might discover some nonnegotiables here. For example, a wife may treat the husband as her mother treated her father. If the mother has a trait the husband can't stand, will he hate his wife for the same trait? Is it something she would work to change?

    Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Got Married is written by a professional psychologist. Gary Chapman doesn't speak with jargon or three-syllable words, but he does speak like an educated man. It doesn't feel like a conversation at Starbucks.
  4. Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    December 29, 2012
    Humblepaladin
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book delves into much personal detail of the types of things one should know about marrying. It's well written, honest and very interactive for the reader. This is an excellent buy for anyone who plans on getting married or are already married!
  5. Owensboro, KY
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    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good information for everyone
    July 23, 2012
    kyreader
    Owensboro, KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book definitely gives you points to ponder whether you are single, engaged or have been married for a while. Improvements can always be made in relationships and Mr. Chapman gives a good insight to how things really work. This is an easy read book that is written in good humor. If only a few of the topics were addressed before or during marriage it would make your life much better. This should really be used in premarital couseling.
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