Kevin A. ThompsonRevell / 2018 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$2.994.5 out of 5 stars for Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last. View reviews of this product. 7 Reviews
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Ms Jay5 Stars Out Of 5Best Marriage Book EverMay 29, 2021Ms JayI have read so many marriage books and this is by far the best. The author Kevin Thompson is honest and really explains marriage like no other book I have ever read. I got married for the first time pretty late in life, and have only been married for a couple of years. So you can imagine it was an adjustment. However this book has totally changed my perspective on marriage. I think of all the countless friends who cried on my shoulders over the years, and they really could have benefited from Kevin Thompson's wisdom that he so clearly outlines in the book. The good news is that by praying and applying the teachings it has changed my marriage and most of all me. I'm focusing on my need to have my heart and spirit changed.The book has opened my eyes to the purpose of marriage, and that is the missing ingredient of knowledge that needs to be conveyed to married couples - IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU! I believe this book will touch each couple personally and uniquely. I also believe it is a book worth revisiting in each new season of married life. I am going to order several copies of the book to share with couples I know. I also believe it would benefit people who are looking to remarry. The book is a real eye opener and a MUST READ!
sstormAge: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Good Marriage BookNovember 6, 2018sstormAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4"Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last" is an inspiring and refreshing book on marriage. This book is about 8 specific commitments that couples need to make in marriage to make it better. All couples know that in order to make their marriage great, they must work on it together. This book is one that helps you look at 8 specific commitments to make your marriage better. Each chapter outlines a specific topic followed by a series of questions that is perfect for quiet time with your spouse.
Anyone who is looking for their marriage to grow and succeed, I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it, with your spouse. It will help you grow in areas you didn't know you needed.
Loraine4 Stars Out Of 5Good marriage resourceNovember 5, 2018LoraineThis is a good resource for people wanting to make their marriage the best it can be. It is filled with sound Biblical advice although it's somewhat meaty in content. I read it straight through as a reviewer and even though I did gain insight from it, I think I would be better served if I go back and study it rather than just 'read' it. The text was wordy on some occasions making me feel as if the points were being over emphasized. I believe the points could have been stated in more condensed ways. I enjoyed the personal stories and liked that this was written by a pastor/counselor who had witnessed what didn't work in marriage. He also uses his marriage as an example of success which added to his authority on the subject. There are discussion questions at the end of each commitment and I believe any couple would benefit from studying this book. Full Review is at my website.
I received this book complimentary from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
Wendi5 Stars Out Of 520 years together... happily!October 24, 2018WendiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Today we celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary! It is sweet to pause in the quiet and let my heart sift back through "snap shots" and "video clips" of treasured moments on that clear October day. How are we able to look back over 20 years and stretch an over-arching banner that simply yet poignantly says "happily married?" And where can we best commit our hearts, going forward, to position ourselves to draw the same conclusion if the Lord grants us another 20 years together?
These are some of the questions presented in Kevin A. Thompson's new book, "Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last."
In his years of experience counseling couples, Kevin Thompson has concluded there are a few basic longings for marriage ... that it will be fun (inspire joy), that it will be a place where genuine love is expressed, and that it will endure. He has written a previous book "Friends, Partners, and Lovers" that describes WHAT a happy couple can do to build their friendship, partnership, and intimacy. In this second book, he delves deeper into HOW those commitments should be carried out.
Kevin lists various verbs that are associated with a good marriage: love, care, listen, learn, forgive, trust, encourage, submit, cheer, embrace, and so on. He believes that the powerful adverb "happily" makes all the difference in how those verbs are lived out and the impact each will have on the strength of a marriage.
As a basis for his challenge to married couples, Kevin walks his readers through the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. These are the principles the Lord Jesus taught when He walked this earth. Kevin suggests one of the greatest places to enjoy the fruit of Godly choices is in our marriage relationships. Blessed (happy!) are those who choose God's way.
Kevin makes the point that through the whole of Scripture, God reveals a pattern of working from the inside out ... in human hearts and in relationships. He concedes that the choices taught in the Beatitudes are neither easy nor natural ... but that they can lead us to a different way of life ... a little bit of heaven on earth!
I believe this book will touch each couple personally and uniquely. I also believe it is a book worth revisiting in each new season of married life.
I am personally thankful for this fresh look at the Beatitudes and the very practical applications to marriage presented in "Happily." Kevin Thompson's insights encourage and challenge me. As my husband and I celebrate 20 years together and trust the Lord for the future, there is no better way to refocus my heart than to ponder our Savior's teachings and apply them to our marriage. I firmly believe that these commitments will not only honor God, but will bless our marriage with deepening love, infectious joy, and a relationship that will endure!
"HAPPILY: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last" by Kevin A. Thompson is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Although I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher, this review solely reflects my honest response to its contents.
Judy in Huntsville AL4 Stars Out Of 5Let's look at some underlying strengths of a good marriage!October 20, 2018Judy in Huntsville ALQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I love how Kevin Thompson took the time to delve into areas we might not always see as part of a healthy marriage - but that are, in fact, the very basis of a successful life together. He encourages us to stop faking life and to get real with each other as we practice these 8 commitments - I especially enjoyed the practical ways he gave to implement them in each chapter. One of the commitments that popped out to me was 'meekness' - that "combines gentleness with strength, submission with initiative, humility with ability... Learning to stay in control, to fight wisely and to love even when we disagree." So many great truths in this book and in the end, he pulls them all together based on scripture [that I really should have seen coming...you'll see what I mean when you read the book!]