Friday, February 14, 2014

The Marriage You've Always Wanted - Review and Giveaway

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Happy Valentine's Day! A day when you focus on relationships with the ones you love. One of my favorite authors about relationships is Gary Chapman, author of the Five Love Languages books. I was privileged to receive a new book by Chapman to review.

 About The Marriage You've Always Wanted
$15.99
144 pages
Moody Publishers

You can picture the perfect marriage in your mind, but re-creating it in reality doesn’t come easy. Trusted counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman reasons that the most sought-after ingredient in any marriage is true oneness. In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, he presents expert wisdom and common sense methods to establishing that true unity on emotional and practical levels. Discover the wit and insight that makes his worldwide presentations and marriage conferences so popular. Are you trying to change your spouse? Do you know what it means to really love someone? Do you feel ignored or even alone in your effort to improve your marriage? Dr. Chapman has answers and action steps on topics from expressing your emotions to managing your money, all in a format that will have you and your spouse talking and learning with every page.

About Dr. Gary Chapman
As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.

Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children.
He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology.

Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

My Thoughts About The Marriage You've Always Wanted
Robb and I have been married for almost 18 years. If you're like I am, you got married with an idealistic view of what marriage would be. It took a while for me to realize that marriage takes work.
Whether you're engaged, newly married, or have been married for years, it's always important to continue to work on communication and oneness.

Dr. Chapman's book covers topics such as "Why Won't They Change?", "Who Takes Care of What?", and "Love and Money" from a Biblical perspective. Each chapter contains a practical "Your Turn" section, allowing you to put to use what you've read. One that I liked was:
"Forget about your feelings. You do not have to feel anything to love your partner. Feelings may change because of your actions, but feelings should not dictate your actions. Choose to love your mate, no matter how you feel." (p.51)

If you are married, plan to get married, or know someone who is getting married, I highly recommend this book. You can find more information about The Marriage You've Always Wanted by visiting the website, liking on Facebook, or following on Twitter. They also have a small group curriculum available

Not only was I offered the opportunity to review this book, but I also get to offer a copy to one of my readers. Enter the giveaway below for the opportunity to win your own copy of the book The Marriage You've Always Wanted. 
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