Monday, December 20, 2010

The Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Got Married

About The Book: "Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage,” Dr. Gary Chapman. 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 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. This is not a book simply to be read. It is a book to be experienced. 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 couple’s 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 dating relationship. A revealing learning exercise for dating couples is included at the end.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book, even though I think I knew everything I needed before I got married. But, I didn’t. After 16 years together, 7 in marriage, we are still learning and growing in our relationship. And this book gives Jason and I something to talk about, something to think about. The author does not write this book as a lesson, with strictly facts, and instructions. He engages the reader and shares his own thoughts and feelings. I really like the end of each chapter where it gives talking points. It sure gives me and Jason something to talk about.

About The Author: Gary Chapman is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Five Love Languages book and series. With more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling experience, he travels the world presenting seminars to couples who want to improve their marriage relationship. He is host of the weekly radio program Building Relationships, which airs on more than 170 stations. For information, visit

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I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Moody Publishers.

1 comment:

  1. I wish someone had told me that my future wife would not be happy until all my bachelor items were thrown away.

    I would have put them on Craigslist. :)


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