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Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married | [Gary Chapman]

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married was written to help you realize your goal of marital happiness. But don’t just listen to it - experience it. Grapple with the practical tips and ideas discussed, honestly share your thoughts and feelings, respect each other’s opinions, and find workable solutions to your differences. The more you do so, says Chapman, the more you will be prepared for marriage.
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Publisher's Summary

Before you plan your wedding, plan your marriage! Wish you could know what you’re getting into when you say “I do”? Now, with Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married, you can. Dr. Gary Chapman, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 5 Love Languages™, has spent the last thirty-five years counseling couples. In Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married, he shares what he and these couples have learned from experience. Among the twelve things you should know: that being in love is not enough to make a successful marriage, that romantic love has two stages (and how to make the transition), that mutual sexual fulfillment is not automatic, and that personality profoundly affects behavior. The stakes on marriage are high, but the rewards of preparing are even higher. Whether you’re single or dating, this audio can be your relationship blueprint and help you decide if and when you’re ready to tie the knot. If you’re engaged, even recently married, it will help you examine your relationship foundation and learn the skills necessary for building a successful marriage. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married was written to help you realize your goal of marital happiness. But don’t just listen to it - experience it. Grapple with the practical tips and ideas discussed, honestly share your thoughts and feelings, respect each other’s opinions, and find workable solutions to your differences. The more you do so, says Chapman, the more you will be prepared for marriage.

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    Kourtney Chuluota, FL, United States 03-31-11
    Kourtney Chuluota, FL, United States 03-31-11
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    "I wish I knew"

    I wish I'd know these things while dating before I got married. This would have changed the course of many relationships!!! I would have been equipped to successfully be able to deal with such a serious commitment! Trust me singles when I say, "don't take this information lightly or for granted. You will be so much further along in your relationship so it can be a successful one or prevent you from being in an unsuccessful one. YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED TO LEARN. This book is good for married couples to review who have had no training!!! Like the majority of those I know. People get married and just go day by day. They don't enjoy their marriage to the fullest by building it up. What a waist! I'm sure that the keys topics that are touched here have a great amount to do about it. I know it did for me. It's not enough to just be married. We are still alive so it's not too late. Equipping your marriage to be successful is PRICELESS! Great book for singles to prepare, engaged to equip and married couples to review and reconstruct some damaged or undeveloped areas. God bless you for an awesome tool, each chapter is like a little teaser!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Lagos, Nigeria 12-11-13
    Charles Lagos, Nigeria 12-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Useful and Practical!"
    What made the experience of listening to Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married the most enjoyable?

    It contains real-life issues and real-life experiences. I'll listen over and over again.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    1. That being in love is not an adequate foundation for building a successful marriage

    2. That romantic love has two stages

    3. The saying: "Like mother, like daughter" and "Like father, like son" is not myth

    4. That forgiveness is not a feeling

    5. That toilets are not self-cleaning

    6. That we needed a plan for handling our money

    7. That mutual sexual fulfillment is not automatic

    8. That I was marrying into a family


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angelica Phoenix, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-15-10
    Angelica Phoenix, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-15-10
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This is a must read book, even if you are not getting married anytime soon. Everybody that believes will get married in the future will benefit greatly by appying the concepts of this book. It's great! I was so hooked I read it in one day!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Whitney Orlando, Florida United States 08-02-13
    Tammy Whitney Orlando, Florida United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Stuff to Know"

    This was a really good audio book. It makes you think about your daily life and the things you say and do. It is also good for those who are dating or thinking of marriage. It brings up a lot of things to think about besides what you are wearing to the wedding. I think this will make a difference in my thinking.

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    Lee United States 01-30-12
    Lee United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married the most enjoyable?

    The author had evident experience in the field and provided a lot of detail.


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    Allie NJ, United States 11-07-11
    Allie NJ, United States 11-07-11
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    "Best Marriage Advice Book"

    I have read quite a few marriage prep books and this book had the most real life advice not just the fluffy or the in theory stuff. My fiance and I talked a lot after each chapter. I definitely recommend it!

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    Leisl United States 09-28-10
    Leisl United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Useful only for the most sheltered"

    This book assumes three things about you: 1) that you are so inexperienced and naive about relationships, that you aren't aware that euphoric infatuation doesn't last forever, you haven't had sex with your partner, and you are oblivious to your parnter's true personality and habits; 2) that you have never lived on your own and are oblivious to the basics of paying bills and cleaning a house; and 3) that you are Christian and are willing to accept answers like "turn to God to resolve conflicts" as legitimate solutions.

    If you don't qualify the above, this book is rudimentary at best, and had little to say that simple experience of being in a few relationships hadn't already taught me. It also seems to skip over important issues like how much together time to ask of your partner when you live together. I'd return it if I could.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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