Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

eBook - 2012
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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. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful "Talking it Over" questions and suggestions. And, the book includes information on interactive websites as well as books that will enhance the couples experience.Dr. Chapman even includes a thought-provoking appendix. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy relationship. A revealing learning exercise is included at the end.
Publisher: Chicago : Northfield Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 9781575679228
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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katarina_biblio Oct 11, 2017

Even though the intended audience for this book is those who are dating or engaged, as a married person I still felt it delivered some important insights. Presented in an easy to follow format (complete with exercises), Chapman really makes you think about things that seem obvious but you may have overlooked. He drives home the importance of these issues, but also makes it easy for you to see a resolution to them. Great read!

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Blackmere
Mar 21, 2016

Pretty simple stuff, but it's probably true that most people don't actually discuss these issues before getting married. I was looking for more in-depth analysis of which values, goals, personality compatibilities, etc. are most crucial to a life-long marriage.

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gcarolan
Jun 23, 2013

Much of it is practical, common-sense ideas for making a marriage work and provides things to think about before becoming engaged or married. It's a quick, easy read that includes some exercises at the end of each chapter. A number of times in the book, Chapman refers to two of his other popular books, "The Five Languages of Apology" and "The Five Love Languages"; both I think more useful in the long run than this one.

HanakoGal Nov 18, 2012

This book is for those who are casually dating, exclusively dating, and those who are engaged to be married. Think of this as an overview of important issues that might cause some contention in a relationship. It is full of interesting and practical things to think about, talk about and do. You can read it on your own or as a couple. I found it enjoyable to read and easy to understand. Each chapter has topics and questions to discuss listed at the end. Some of the things mentioned are covered more fully in his other book The Five Love Languages. This is a book I’ve bought to be able to study more.

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