What a delightful read. If you are married I suggest adding a copy of Fun Loving You to your "Marriage & Relationship" home library shelf. Author Pastor Ted Cunningham's passion for helping couples live healthy, thriving marriages oozes off every page. With a passion for helping "people develop and maintain loving and honoring marriages," every chapter of Fun Loving You is filled with encouraging stories, honest advice, practical activities for strengthening communication, and thoughtful reflection questions to engage solo or with your spouse.
While Fun Loving You is written for couples who have been together for some time, as a means to help overcome the routine and complacency that tends to settle into relationships with time, the context will speak to, and benefit, any season of marriage.
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
Ted Cunningham's candid and humorous approach to building better, stronger marriages takes center stage in his latest release, Fun Loving You, a book about putting the fun back in marriage.
He begins Fun Loving You by encouraging couples to bring back the laughter in their marriages--even if it means high-jacking the kids' trampoline for a night-time frolic! He says, "The formula for a fun, loving marriage is not all that complicated and is found in three simply words: honor, enjoy, prioritize." Then he proceeds to show couples ways to put those three words to work to make marriage more fun.
Cunningham also addresses a common issue many couples face--being "stuck in the grind." He tells readers the grind is not their spouse, but "the grind is the seventy to eighty years you have on this earth." Rather, your spouse is your "grind companion," someone to encourage, love and enjoy on the journey. And he gives tips for doing just that.
I appreciated Cunninghams' commitment to teaching biblical principles and his commitment to building up covenant marriages. But, by far, the best thing about the book, to me, is its practicality--the loads of questions, fill-in-the blanks, practical tips, conversation starters, date night ideas and other take-and-use-today principles--that Cunningham scatters throughout the book.
At the end of each chapter, you're encouraged to answer some questions in a FLY (Fun Loving You) journal. It's a time to evaluate yourself and figure out what you could do differently or better. At one point, you're encouraged to make and keep a list of what you love about your spouse. And I bet more than one couple who picks up the book will enjoy the 2drink menu, in which couples talk through 52 questions about their sexual relationship--by candlelight!
I know this is a book I plan to get my husband to read and work through with me so we can have more fun loving each other and, as Cunningham says, "enjoy marriage more than the wedding." If you're looking for a way to make a good marriage better or improve a not-so-good marriage, get a copy of Fun Loving You, begin reading, try some of the exercises, and start having more fun loving your spouse.
Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church, in Branson, MO. He has authored Trophy Child and Young and in Love. Cunningham has also co-authored four other books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex, From Anger to Intimacy, As Long As We Both Shall Live and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.
* I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.