And that, according to counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times best seller The Five Love Languages, is to have deep and lasting union with another, to truly become one. But how can you build that oneness from the beginning? With the expert wisdom and practical common sense that have made him a popular speaker worldwide, Dr. Chapman helps couples with such questions as:
Whether you're starting your life together, or just need to improve communication in your marriage, Dr. Chapman's wisdom will help you move toward "the marriage you've always wanted".
©2005 Gary Chapman; (P)2005 Oasis Audio LLC
Dr. Gary Chapman's approach and voice on marriage, his examination of the core values toward marriage, and the easy-going spirit of his counsel and advice on whole really make it simple for both men and women to grasp and take hold of key ideas that are crucial to making marriage, the most important relationship you might ever have in life, happy, successful, and mutually rewarding. Although this is largely based on Christian views and references much of the Bible's teachings on the subject, it is very practicle and the principles can be understood by all.
I've now passed this book on to my wife & both sets of parents and include his "Five Love Languages" book along with it... both books should be manditory reading for couples in all stages even if not married. If you've ever had troubles, concerns, doubts, questions, or just curiosity on this subject GET THIS BOOK! Life is way too short to not pickup this diamond of knowledge and key learning.
Dr. Chapman has a way of presenting information so it is easy to understand and based in reality. He has helped hundreds of people save and improve their marriages. I wish I had read it 10 years ago.
It really brought together the biblical concept of marriage in a user-friendly format. A must-read before the walk to the altar!
Dr. Chapman defines unity, accountability and equality within the context of marriage. He supports these concepts with scriptural references and delivers the message with remarkable clarity. If you aren't 'convicted' at some point during this book, then you aren't really married!
The personal anecdotes were amusing and helpful (I especially liked the one about the "drawer-opener").
It's impossible to do the homework assignments while sailing along @ 70 mph, so you'll probably end up buying the book like I did.
I really wanted to like this book as I loved the 5 love languages and the 5 love languages for children but allthe will in the world couldn't make this interesting. I did not get through the whole reading so maybe it got better but I never found out.
I have already listened to this book twice and I am about to listen again. I also ordered the book and I have read it as well. It has so much to offer a marriage. I also got my husband to listen to it and we are going to use the written book to complete the suggested assignments at the end of each chapter. It has already begun to improve my marriage just by listening. Dr. Chapman's books offer the Christian an excellent resource for a better more Christ filled & happy life.
There were some aspects of this book that was helpful, but I feel that the roles and ideals of a more modern marriage were not addressed.
Don't waste your time. I loved Chapmans book The Five Love Languages. Great book, but this is a disaster. So many Christian references that it makes someone Non-Christian vomit a little bit. Why base this book on the Bible and put it in the relationship section? Keep in the Christian isle, and we'll all be happy. I had to stop listening to this book for weeks at a time before I could get through the whole thing. His "God Talk" started to make me sick. That, and voice. He sounds like an overweight man walking and talking. A little out of breath, a little like he's swollowing something at the end of every sentance, and just overall too Southern for my taste. It makes me crave BBQ every time I listen to him.
In conclusion, for the Non-Bible Thumpers out there, don't bother with this book. It's a waste of time and money.
The publishers summary says it all. If you want a book that tells you how to become a better Christian and save your marriage, this may be for you. But if you want to hear psychology and advice, forget it.
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