Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Club Friday.


Over the last few weeks, Donny and I read Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman.  You might be familiar with him as the author of The Five Love Languages (which is also in our queue to read).   


Synopsis: Gary Chapman writes, "Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage." No wonder the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent. Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman hopes to change that with his newest book. Gary, with more than 35 years of experience counseling couples, believes that divorce is the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates. So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It's the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples.

This book was great!  It brought up several practical issues I hadn't thought about, and Donny and I were able to discuss them now instead of having potential conflict later.  There's also great section on conflict resolution (that's really appropriate or any type of relationship).  The chapters are short and there are guided discussion questions if you want to use them.  All in all, I'd highly recommend it if you're engaged or dating to help you think about some issues that you might not have considered.  Or even if you're married, it would be useful.  Great book!!

9 comments:

  1. Me and my boyfriend definitely need to read this!

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  2. I need to put this on my wish list! My husband and I loved the Five Love Languages by him so I'm sure this one is great, too!!

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  3. As you said, everyone who is engaged, planning to get married, in a serious relationship should read something like this!

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  4. Ooh I definitely need to pick this up! Me and my boyfriend have been having serious wedding talks, so it may be the perfect time! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great idea to read something like that before you get married!! Kudos. ;-) Joe and I did premarital counseling and I was seriously *amazed* at how awesome it was. It brought up a lot of things that we never even thought to talk about, which were really important. We just didn't realize we needed to talk about them. I totally agree that so many people get divorced because they just don't talk about the really important things before they get married. Gotta love Gary Chapman!

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  6. My sister read this before she got married and said the same thing. It was nice to iron out some things before they cause conflict later.

    Stopping by from the Boob Club link-up :)

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  7. I will put it on my "someday to-read" list!

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  8. Yes, this is a WONDERFUL book. :) Also, pick up iMarriage by Andy Stanley!!!

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  9. I definitely think these topics are necessary before marriage! I was so glad we got to discuss so many of them in our premarital counseling.

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