Reading Team Us: Marriage Together is a lot like listening to a friend dispel marriage advice; however, this friend (i.e. author) also has specialized training in communication. She offers very real advice based on vignettes from her own marriage and that of close relatives and friends. This approach results in the relaying of several entertaining if occasionally bizarre analogies. For example, I’ve never before seen marriage compared to the sport of curling. She offers encouragement for those striving to keep a happy married life as a team when the expectations of husband and/or wife do not match marital reality. Covering topics such as scheduling conflicts, economic hardship, parenting dilemmas, and diverse individual needs, Slater commiserates with the challenges of marriage.
The book is strongly Christian in orientation with multiple references to scripture. The author and her husband met in bible study. Each chapter ends in “Us Time,” a collection of questions geared towards helping husbands and wives open up and discuss potential threats to lifelong contentment. Several of the author’s personal stories are emotionally charged, well written, and honest. Writing so bluntly about your own life in the hopes of helping others takes a lot of guts and for that I applaud her.
Reasons to Read: Team Us is a great choice for Christian readers looking to spend some time reflecting on their own marriage through the lens of a young marriage veteran. The language use is laid back and easy to digest and presents viewpoints from both the female author and her husband. The book is not overly technical or research based. The tone is very conversational and relaxed. This book is probably best suited for newly married, and young married couples, simply based on the author’s season of life.
Reasons to Pass: There are some potential emotional triggers for those sensitive to miscarriage and adultery. This book is extremely Christian up to and including the description of a possible demon encounter, which is pretty hard core even for me. The book offers marriage guidance, but is not intended to be used in place of a counselor. If you are looking for step by step methods to save a distressed marriage, this book alone is not sufficient to fill that need.
Category: Christian Living, Marriage
Suggested Rating: PG-13: This book discusses adult topics and is intended for married couples.
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From the Publisher:
What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”?
When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan.
But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.
Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.
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