Long marriages are a gift... but they aren't always easy.You know yourselves better. You’ve learned to cherish the small things. You’re past keeping up with the Joneses. And yet, anxieties over grown children, worries about money and health, and feelings of disappointment can challenge even the best marriages. In this audio book, relationship expert Gary Chapman and Harold Myra offer wise and practical counsel on making your marriage thrive through the years. Real couples also share openly about their own marital journeys — the joys, struggles, failures, and comebacks. Married and Still Loving It feels like a gathering of kindred spirits. It will inspire and equip you to embrace the adventures yet ahead, hand-in-hand with the one you love.
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GARY CHAPMAN, a partner and marriage counselor for over forty years, is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 5 Love Languages®: The Secret to Love That Lasts. He speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences, and he hosts the national radio program Building Relationshipswith Dr. Gary Chapman. He and his wife, Karolyn, have two children and two grandchildren.HAROLD MYRA served as the CEO of Christianity Today International for thirty-two years. He is the author of five novels, numerous children’s and nonfiction books, and hundreds of magazine articles. He also coauthored Rising Above a Toxic Workplace and Sync or Swim with Dr. Chapman. Harold and his wife, Jeanette, have six children and five grandchildren.Review:
" 'If I tried to summarize, I would have to say these are the two essentials: that the husband and wife love and serve each other, thus meeting the emotional need for love and intimacy. And secondly, that they deal effectively with their failures by apologizing and forgiving. Apologizing and forgiving are essential because none of us are perfect.'
It took me a long time to get through this book. Not because it's boring, but because it's geared toward a slightly difference audience than me. I have been married ten years, and this is geared toward those with even more years under the belt, or at least those older than me with grown kids and plenty of baggage. I have my baggage, but not particularly the kind discussed here. In fact it makes the troubles in marriage look like mere blips on the radar. And they are.
This book was still a good read for me, and has encouraged me to be a better wife and to refocus my efforts in marriage, not onto my husband so much as onto God. He is the one who can save any marriage. He is the one who offers the grace and forgiveness needed to maintain peace in a marriage.
To those who have spent many years married to their spouse and hope to spend many more (or even those that have given up on hope), read this book. It may restore your faith in marriage and in God. There are many stories here that may just resonate with you, your spouse, or even your children and your individual sufferings. Do not give up on the marathon of marriage. It is well worth the effort to reach the finish having run a good race."
Reviewed by Kelsie Engen on NetGalley, Jan 20, 2016
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