Monday, February 10, 2014

The Marriage You've Always Wanted (review and giveaway)

The Marriage You've Always Wanted cover
Nine short chapters = Nine weeks to a better marriage.

The Marriage You've Always Wanted IS possible. As soon as you pick up this book, Dr. Gary Chapman gives you hope that you can improve your relationship with your spouse and have a better marriage. Building on Scriptural principles, he teaches how a godly marriage should look, and how to improve communication to work through areas of conflict. Each chapter focuses on a common area where conflict develops in marriage.

The book itself is a manageable size - just 144 pages and 9 chapters.  Each chapter ends with questions to think about, questions to discuss with your spouse, and steps to take to improve your communication and your teamwork with your spouse. Dr. Chapman's writing style is a little formal, but the chapters are not overwhelming or difficult to understand.

Whether your spouse is willing to work through this book with you, or whether you work through it alone, you'll be blessed by it.  With just nine chapters, you could tackle the assignments one chapter per week and be on your way to a stronger marriage in 9 weeks.  Obviously, no one can guarantee that it will improve or save every marriage.  I'm not naive.  There may be times when a spouse is so set on walking out that no one can save the marriage.  But even if your marriage ends after you prayerfully apply the lessons learned in this book, you will know you did all you could to save it.

(Scroll to the end for giveaway details and the entry form.)


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 from Moody Publishers, for $15.99.)
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.

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.

Propeller LLC has one copy of The Marriage You've Always Wanted available for me to give away to my readers (US and Canada only).  To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!
April E.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway, US and Canada only. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


  1. My love language is acts of service.

  2. Mine is gifts and acts of service.

  3. Either gifts, or words of affirmation.

  4. I don't know really, I need to read more about them to learn. Thanks for the chance to win.


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