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Strengths Based Marriage

Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other's Gifts
Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
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Marriage expert Jimmy Evans and strengths expert Allan Kelsey show listeners how to have a happier, stronger marriage by applying the concepts from the popular StrengthsFinder assessment to their relationship.

One of the biggest obstacles to a happy, strong marriage is a lack of understanding of yourself and your spouse. With Strengths Based Marriage, MarriageToday cofounder Jimmy Evans and Gallup-certified strengths coach Allan Kelsey give listeners the tools they need to dismantle that hurdle and develop a deeper and richer relationship. Applying the revelatory concepts from the popular Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to marriage, Evans and Kelsey break new ground in helping listeners understand themselves and others. Utterly practical and deeply insightful, the book covers topics like stopping the cycles of pain, speaking love to your spouse's heart, and secrets of successful marriages. Strengths Based Marriage will forever change the way you see yourself, your spouse, and your marriage.

©2016 Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Be prepared to spend more money

I was extremely disappointed about 10 minutes into this audio book when it's recommended to take the Strengths test online only to find the cost is $89 per person. There is no mention beforehand that there is an additional cost to make the book worthwhile. I felt bamboozled. It's a sad situation when there is such a roadblock for couples wanting to strengthen their marriage. There could have at least been a mention of the cost, or even a code given for a discount or free test for purchasers of this book!

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Great concepts, but useless without....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is okay, but doesn't give a lot of info. To use the book you have to take a personality assessment online for $79 each. $158 for a couple right there. Sure, the book was $10, but don't think you'll get everything you need from it. The cost should be revealed in the intro or somewhere visible to a casual reader deciding to buy or not. I wouldh't have bought it had I known the additional expense.

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disapointed. There should have been a code or key to do the test for free or reduced cost.

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IT COSTS $89.00 EACH FOR TEST BOOK IS BASED ON

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

ACCESS CODE TO TESTS INCLUDED

What could Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

TO HAVE IT NARRATED BY JIMMY EVANS WOULD HAVE BEEN FABULOUS.

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Roy Grimsley and Jason Blain Carson ’s performances?

NOT LIKELY.

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THEY SHOULD EXPLAIN UP FRONT THE BOOK IS BASED ON TEST RESULTS.
THE TESTS COST AN ADDITIONAL $89.00 EACH, AND THE INFORMATION IN THE BOOK IS NON HELPFUL WITHOUT KNOWING THE TEST RESULTS.
MAYBE AUDIBLE SHOULD ADD THAT EXTRA COST INFO IN THE BOOK DESCRIPTION.

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SAD YOU CAN'T GET THE FULL BENEFIT OF THIS BOOK!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone willing to spend $90.00 on the tests the book refers to.

What did you like best about this story?

The stories of the people.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger because I bought this book to be beneficial to my upcoming marriage. Unless you buy the $90.00 test you have wasted your money!

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Wish I had read the reviews of this book before buying it!

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Good book

I enjoyed this book and how it aligns the strengthsfinder results to marriage relationships, but I’m concerned it doesn’t address what most almost-failed marriages need. Most marriages that are not working well have major issues that need to be dealt with before we can start respecting each other’s strengths. Jimmy gives the example of putting golf before his wife; this is an issue he fixed before their marriage could be fixed. The book seems to make it seem like if we just look at each other’s strengths we can turn our marriage around, but what about the issues that aren’t being addressed? No matter what strengths there are, unaddressed issues will eat away at the marriage and we will attempt to save our marriage by focusing on our strengths in vain. I would have liked to have seen a little more self-reflection strategies in here based on strengths and weaknesses before addressing how we should just respect each other’s strengths. Once respect is lost, it’s hard to get it back without addressing the issues that caused it to diminish. Just saying we should respect each other’s strengths does not work when it’s hard to respect someone who has done things to lose this respect in the first place.
I did enjoy the book though. I appreciate the two viewpoints of each author in their field of expertise. It was easy to listen to and think it can be really helpful in building marriages where issues have first been addressed.
Maybe I’m wrong in my opinion, I just don’t feel very hopeful in how successful it will be. I am going to try it out though.

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Best Marriage Book... ever!

This is truly one of the best marriage books ever. It covers many topics at just the right levels with two critical perspectives. It has begun such a significant transformation in our marriage. I hope it does so in yours!

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Thank you Alan and Jimmy

My wife and I took the strengths Finder test a few months before this book came out. We've been exploring how our strengths have a been a part of our marriage struggles and successes. This book did a great job on helping us to further understand how we can relate and understand one another better. I highly recommend this book.

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I don’t recommend at all.

I love my Jimmy Evans books. This is so bad I keep trying g to listen to it but after a few minutes I’m going nuts. The narrator is AWFUL! Sounds like a robot. Doesn’t even read with a flow. The book may be worth a try but not the audio.

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Good but a little disappointing

I know Jimmy's voice from tv so it was quite distracting that he wasn't the one reading it. Also, the book isn't as useful without the expensive Strength Finder's Test.

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Amazing, wish I had this 20 years ago

a must read for every couple that wants the best life now. simply uncovers who you are so you can intentionally live the rest of your life and marriage on purpose

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  • Jasmine
  • 07-17-18

disappointed

it should have made it clear before obtaining this that u need to spend nearly a 100 bucks each to get the profile to go with this book. i had done tge strenth based leadership book physically and that came with a barcode so was included in the price.