Feb 15, 2014

How Was Your Valentine's Day? Read about The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman - and Enter the GIVEAWAY


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.

Available Now
144 pages
Moody Publishers

My Review:
I wish I had read this when I was planning my wedding.  There are so many great tips and valuable insights into the Marriage Relationship that would have made the first few years a much smoother transition if I had followed Dr. Gary Chapman's advice in this wonderful book.  Well, since I can't go back in time and change things, and I am still married and will continue to be so for a very, very long time.  It is not too late for me - nor is it too late for you either!  I love how simple many of these great tips.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:


 The story is told of a woman who went to a marriage counselor for advice. 'I want to divorce my husband,' she confided, 'and I want to hurt him all I can.'

'In that case,' the counselor advised, 'start showering him with compliments. When you have become indispensable to him -- when he thinks  you love him devotedly -- then start the divorce action. That's the way to hurt him the most.'

Some months later, the wife returned to report that she had followed the suggested course. 'Good, now's the time to file for divorce,' said the counselor.

'Divorce!' said the woman indignantly. 'Never! I've fallen in love with him.'"


  What would our marriages look like if we truly abided by the counsel of John, 'the disciple Jesus loved,' to love not with words only but 'by our actions' (1 John 3:18)? how do we back up what we say with what we do?"

I truly belive this book is for all couples.  Those dating, those planning to marry, those who have been married for years and don't think they can change.  Much of the advice is common sense, but is told and shared in such a way to make it refreshing and new.  I have begun implementing a few great ideas from the book and plan to continue - I can't wait to see what happens months down the road for my husband and myself!

As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.

Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children.
He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology.

Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

They even have small group curriculum available: http://experience.5lovelanguages.com

Now, for the FUN - A chance to WIN a copy of The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman.  Enter below - a winner will receive a print copy of this book.  Open to US & Canada - ages 18 and older.

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