I was introduced to Dr. Gary Chapman on my wedding day. The minister who oversaw our union gave us The 5 Love Languages as a wedding gift and I found myself riveted to Chapman’s words, rather than those of the paperback romance novel I had purchased for reading on the beach during our honeymoon. I encouraged my husband to review the book and although he is not an avid reader, he was able to find the book in audio book form and listened during his work commute. We both gained perspective on how we each perceive and process each other’s actions and words. Most importantly we both learned a lot about how to better show love to one another.
The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted is another great example of Dr. Chapman’s ability to speak to the heart of men and women striving for a positive and enriching marriage and family life. Based on principles taught to us through the bible, Chapman guides us through some of the most common stumbling blocks for husbands and wives including money, in-laws, and sex. Many of the challenges addressed in the novel are issues my husband and I confront everyday in our own marriage. I found myself marking certain sections of the book for later reference and for sharing with my husband.
Each chapter ends with a “Your Turn” section with presents the reader with questions to encourage reflection and discussion. The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted is also available as a small group exercise and bible study. A free study guide is also available for use with this book. If you are looking for positive encouragement and marital insight from an expert operating from within a Christian framework this is an excellent resource!
About the Book:
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.
ISBN-10: 0802411576 | Moody Publishers| Page Count: 144
About the Author (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 marriagecounseling, 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.
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