Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Marriage You've Always Wanted Book Review & Giveaway

I have a new book to tell you about in time for Valentine's Day, The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Gary Chapman.  Now, this is a book specifically for you who are already married - skip this post if you're single!

Chapman presents not only truths on marriage but an opportunity to enrich your own marriage specifically through "Your Turn" reflections at the end of each chapter.  The idea is to take the information, reflect on it, submit it to prayer, get your spouse involved and have a better marriage because of it!  I have completed the first part in reading this book.  Now I want to go back and complete the reflections with David.  I can definitely see a benefit not only in my own perspective but I am positive there will be a transference in our marriage and it will be better.  Of course, I think I have an amazing marriage as it stands but I am always willing to improve and have it be that much better.

Chapman discusses many topics including love, communication, family roles, decision making, sex, honoring our parents, money and budgeting to name a few.  I love that he includes real life personal examples from his own marriage.  It makes it easy to relate to and understand the specific concepts he is presenting.

It is sobering to think that 35% (or more) of marriages end in divorce, let's not be one of them!  Fight to preserve and grow your marriage, this book will help you do just that.

Read more about this book and the author below.  And be sure to enter the giveaway!


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.

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.

They even have small group curriculum available:

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win your own copy of The Marriage You've Always Wanted.   Enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

1 comment:

Francesca said...

It would be for me. I love his books!