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    In Sickness and in Health: The Physical Consequences of Emotional Stress in Marriage - eBook
    Dr. David Hawkins
    Harvest House Publishers / 2019 / ePub
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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Insightful
    July 14, 2019
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Reading this book was a little difficult for me, because it triggered a lot of emotional symptoms. I had to read slowly and take breaks. However, I felt like there was quite a bit of great information here for those who have struggled in challenging relationships, stressful marriages, and are looking for healing.

    Dr Hawkins addresses the physical symptoms that stem from emotional issues, which I have seen happen often, at times with myself, very commonly with others. Stress can take a toll on our health, and relationship stress is a very difficult issue to know how to deal with especially if it's in your marriage.

    Dr Hawkins helps you see the steps you need to take to begin healing emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Although he does't necessarily advocate divorce, he does advocate that at times a separation is necessary for the hard work of healing to begin and that occasionally distance from the person causing the relationship stress is necessary. I didn't feel like the book was overtly "preachy", and at times I would have liked to have seen more Scripture guidance throughout the book to support the author's suggestions and ideas. However, overall, I felt like it was a very educational book, that was beneficial in pointing out triggers, reactions, bad coping skills, how our emotions can lead to physical illness, and how to begin dealing with it so we can become whole healthy people again. I would love to have had the opportunity to sit down in a few sessions with Dr. Hawkins and get his help and advice with things that I've had to deal with in my life, and see what his advice would be.

    I would recommend this book. I received this book from Harvest House Publishers but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    In Sickness and In Health
    April 8, 2019
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I was a young wife, I eagerly read Christian marriage books. Now, fifteen years into marriage I'm highly selective about what marriage books I read, having recognized that some of them perpetuate lies, unhealthy thinking patterns, and even abuse. Therefore, when I chose to read In Sickness and In Health by David Hawkins, Ph.D.,with Tyson Hawkins, M.D., and Joshua Hawkins, M.D., I went in a bit skeptical, questioning if the authors could marry Christian beliefs with a healthy perspective on struggling marriages.

    I'm glad I took the time to read In Sickness and In Health as it fascinated me from the beginning. I knew little to nothing of psychosomatic medicine before reading the book. Much of the information about how mental and emotional stress can impact one's body was totally new to me. I would say at least half the book addresses physical symptoms of stress in marriage before moving on to encouragement for wives in difficult marital situations.

    In terms of bias for or against divorce, I'd say In Sickness and In Health stayed pretty neutral. It didn't lean heavily to either side though it did acknowledge that divorce is sometimes necessary. The book doesn't attempt to delve into theological issues regarding divorce. Rather, it focuses on getting the woman to notice her symptoms, acknowledge that a difficult marriage may likely be the source of her physical ailments, and empower women to pursue healing emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically, and relationally.

    The premise is that when a woman prioritizes and pursues health, she will start the process of making healthy decisions that will likely beget more healthy decisions, healthy patterns, and healthy relationships. Dr. David Hawkins (who is the main author) doesn't attempt to address every issue that a woman may face in a struggling marriage, though plenty of examples are given. He's honest that becoming healthy requires effort and there will be both difficult times and hard decisions.

    Hands down, Chapter 10 (Disappointment with God) was my personal favorite as it deals with personal faith as it relates to marriage. He's honest that faith can be a source of confusion for wives when theology is mixed with partial truths and personal thoughts. I liked that Dr. Hawkins affirms that wives are allowed to have healthy boundaries, stand up to abuse, and that God is with the person who puts his or her trust in God. I loved the end of the chapter where he states: "From a crisis, however, we can expect a new life to emerge, a new faith to be reborn." I have found this true in my own life and marriage.

    In Sickness and In Health: The Physical Consequences of Emotional Stress in Marriage by David Hawkins, Ph.D., with Tyson Hawkins, M.D., and Joshua Hawkins, M.D. was highly interesting to me. Because of its honesty, information, and healthy perspective, I can recommend it to wives in difficult situations. Also, women can find a great deal of helpful information in the book in regards to being mentally and emotionally healthy, not just in marriage, but in all of life.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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