Dr. Chapman has written a great book and given a wealth of information to help any married couple to have a happy marriage. The book is easy reading and the truths are very applicable. Study and memorize these truths.
In fifteen years I haven't found another book of marriage wisdom as plain spoken and thourough as this. It is my standard wedding gift. I cannot give anything greater than God's instruction on how to love each other.
Every couple enters the gateway of marriage hoping their journey will last forever. Yet in The Marriage Youve Always Wanted, Dr. Gary Chapman shares the sobering statistic that half of all couples today will probably split up. It doesnt have to be that way, he says. Since thousands have sought him for counsel, his book captures sage advice in a concise, readable form. As bestselling author of The Five Love Languages, Chapman is the leading expert on what leads to unity in loving relationships. The key lies in yielding our own faults and weaknesses before the throne of Christ and asking the Holy Spirit to transform our behavior, words, and attitudes. In other words, we focus on changing ourselves, not our spouse. In candid detail, Chapman offers personal anecdotes from his own marriage, as well as stories that flesh out marital problems and solutions. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of marriage, such as its purpose, why people marry, the art of listening, decision making, sexual fulfillment, leaving and honoring parents, and financial planning. This book is a revised and updated edition of Chapmans Toward a Growing Marriage. Church libraries and marriage counselors will want this newer version. Ideally, it would make excellent reading and discussion material for couples before they marry. Yet, it offers examples and hope to couples in crisis situations, as well as those seeking to further strengthen an already wholesome marriage. Heather Lynn Ivester, Christian Book Previews