Marriage You Always Wanted Book Review and Giveaway

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I have already been a fan of Dr. Gary Chapman for many years after reading his book  The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lastsir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0032CVAQQ many moons ago after my Mom read it. My mom and I both learned many valuable lessons from reading this book and it made a nice impact on our relationship even though it still remained strained. However, Dr. Chapman’s book made enough of a dent in our relationship that we still had one at least.

So, when I was offered the chance to review The Marriage You’ve Always Wantedir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00EDY1YV8 I jumped at it. Not necessarily because Del and I had anything to work out anymore, but because the topic of improving marriages/relationships has ALWAYS been appealing to me. I should have pursued another career in counseling, but I didn’t want to learn things the way college professors want to teach you.

From the Press:


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.

My Review

Back to the book review,  this book is just as good as his Five Love Languages book, if not better. I feel it’s full of information that many couples will find beneficial to them. I do believe his quote on the supreme purpose of marriage “is the union of two individuals at the deepest possible level and in all areas” is quite enlightening. Marriage is so much more than what we are led to believe it is by our society today. I loved how he taught his readers those many concepts that seem to be missing in our relationships.

This is a book that is great for any body who is married, wanting to get married, or even a, as he puts it, “veteran married couple.” It’s not ones of those marriage books that you’ll want to pass up on being able to read it. It’s a small book so it can be read in a very short period of time.

Your Chance To Win

Please note that there has been some updates to my giveaways with Flyby Promotions. Flyby wants to ensure that many people have the chance to benefit from their products, and I can’t say I blame them for their mentality concerning that. The new terms state: “Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” This giveaway is open to residents 18+ who reside in US and Canada. The giveaway is running from Feb. 5th, 2014 until Feb. 19th, 2014. Just fill out the simple Rafflecopter form and follow the directions in the form please. Good luck.

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I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny.Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

19 comments on “Marriage You Always Wanted Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. I LOVED his Love Languages book. I am definitely going to read this one! We’ve been married 20 years this April, but you can always learn and improve things, right?! One of the things we try to do is to make time for each other. It doesn’t happen every day or anything, but when we can, we need to have some time to just focus on each other. It can be too grueling to just be co-parents. We have to keep our connection healthy, too. 🙂 –Lisa

    • Lisa,

      Congrats on being married 20 years in our society. That’s quite an accomplishment to say the least. Thank you for sharing your input too. I totally agree with you that making sure there is time for just each other is very valuable to keeping a marriage strong.

  2. We try to keep the weekends kind of together as a family. With work being swing shift for him, there are times where it is really hard to come together. I count on at least Sundays eating lunch and dinner, and sitting on the couch as a family. Would love to get more tips on marriage! We have been married for 5 years now.

    • I just mentioned my Pinterest marriage board already as some where to start to get some other amazing tips. I forgot to mention the #HappyWivesClub board too. It’s a wonderful source for me.

  3. I try to show appreciation to my bf (we are not married yet, but have been together for over 5 years, and have our daughter together) by letting him know how much we appreciate all he does for this family, compliment him, be supportive of his endeavors, and listen when he talks. #SITSBlogging

  4. We keep our marriage healthy by laughing, forgiving, and making time for us. even if that is sitting in ront of the tv with some popcorn. Sometimes we just go on a drive to nowhere and get an ice cream too. It doesnt have to be expensive. Just show you care and take time for each other. Of course pray for each other and put God first.

    • Making time for each other and communicating I feel are very valuable aspects to a healthy and good marriage. I definitely agree that having God first is a must.

    • Oh my gosh, I totally agree with you. Three kids make life stressful and complicated, and but a lot of fun all at the same time!

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