I'm back guys, well sorta. Actually it's my sister who is appearing on my blog today with her review of Things I wish I knew Before I Got Married. My sister was in engage and I really wanted to get her something I knew she would use, so when this book was up for review, I just had to get it for her. Only problem: she had to write a 200 or more word review on it. Needless to say, she went along with it and so here is her review...
Title: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married
Author: Gary Chapman
Genre: NONFICTION - ADULT: Family & Home: Family & Relationships: Other
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Date released: 09/01/2010
Stars (out of 5): ***
Age rating: This book is geared toward mostly engaged and married couples
"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 couples 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.
Things I wish I knew before I got married was an interesting book. It was well written and clear in its presentation of the information. I would like to see some more suggestions on how to fix concerns that are brought up in each chapter. Concerns are presented and explored but with little help on how to avoid or correct anything. As a woman who is recently engaged and fast approaching my marriage, this book scared me. I see the potential for disaster around every corner and don’t know how to avoid any of it. The information is well presented though. Each issue is explored in detail and has examples to clarify any misunderstandings. This book could be very helpful to any person with a little more advice. I knew that marriage was not going to be easy but I did not know all the situations I would be facing. This book did open my eyes to issues I had not considered. I would love to see more help in this book. More helpful suggestions and things that will improve these issues.
*Many thanks Moody Publishers for sending me a copy of Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married. I was in no way paid for my review and is my honest opinion of this book*
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Well, I'm off with Angela to Atlanta to actually pick up her wedding dress (coindenece?). As always...