When a bride and groom stands before their loved ones to exchange vows and say, “I do,” they usually have some kind of picture of what their life would be like after that moment. “You may kiss the bride.”
But then, reality hits. There are bills to pay, work stresses, and then kids come into the picture. These aren’t necessarily bad things. The bills mean you have water coming out of your faucets in your home. The work stresses mean you have a job!…to pay those bills. And kids? Well…they are a joy, right? 🙂 They truly are, but it just means you have to work that much more on being intentional in making time for your spouse.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, trusted counselor, relationship expert, and author of dozens of books Dr. Gary Chapman shares how we can strive toward “happily ever after” with true oneness. Dr. Chapman presents the wisdom he has gained through his experience of successes and failures in his marriage.
- 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. At the end of each chapter, there is a Your Turn section which allow you to go deeper into how you can move forward to a better marriage wherever you are at.
My favorite chapter is What Love Really Means. You’ll have to get your own copy and read more about what happened when Dr. Chapman’s wife kept leaving the drawers in their home opened, but it was a big lesson for him. He realized that if his options from this minor irritation were: (1) I could leave her! (2) I could be miserable every time I looked at an open drawer from now until the time I die or she dies, or (3) I could accept her as a “drawer opener” and take on myself the task of closing drawers, it wasn’t her who needed to change, he needed to change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Gary Chapman
You may have heard of The Five Love Languages. Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of those books. With 45+ years of marriage behind him, Dr. Chapman knows about how we can improve or heal our most important relationships. His first book, The Five Love Language: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, is a New York Times bestseller, and has helped millions of readers save their marriages. He 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.
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