Thursday, February 13, 2014

"The Marriage You've Always Wanted": a book review and GIVEAWAY

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, FlyBy Promotions sent me a book to review. You know how "they" always say there are no coincidences? Well, this is one of those times. The hubs and I have been going through a rough spot lately (a spot pretty common in this life stage--with young kiddos sucking up any extra minute available!), and so getting this book in the mail was super exciting! I immediately tore it open and began reading!

OVERALL: Definitely read it.

Click on the book to see it in Amazon.
Full Review: It's definitely a book we recommend! It's only 134 pages, so it's a quick, easy read. There is homework at the end of each chapter and while the hubs and I didn't do all of the homework, we did read each chapter and talk about the content and homework questions. The author is a Christian, so there's definitely a faith angle to it. (Which is perfect for us, but might not be for you.) There are a few cheesy lines, but we are very glad we read it. If your marriage could use a boost or you're interested in marriage topics, you should read it too!

There are nine chapters:
1) Why Do People Marry?
2) Why Won't They Change?
3) What Love Really Means
4) "Listen to Me!"
5) Who Takes care of What?
6) Decisions, Decisions
7) "You Mean We Have to Work at Sex?"
8) Leaving and Honoring Parents
9) Love and Money

While each chapter has specific things that you can take away from them, depending on your situation, I think the book as a whole has a really great message and it definitely inspired some great conversation in this household! A few of my favorite take-aways:

"The supreme purpose of marriage is the union of two individuals at the deepest possible level and in all areas."

"Contrary to some popular psychological notions, all of our negative emotions do not need to be expressed. Some need to be starved."

"Healthy, meaningful communication is not a luxury; it is a necessity. There can be no unity without such communication."

"Before marriage, one's allegiance is to one's parents, but after marriage allegiance shifts to one's mate."

Have you read any amazing books lately? Any marriage ones specifically?

If you're interested, I have an extra one to GIVE AWAY! To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post, making sure I have your email address. I'll do the drawing on February 28th, so you have 14 days to enter!

"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. 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. Looks like a good read. Pick up "All joy no fun" next.

    1. You won! Your book will be in the mail from FlyBy shortly!

  2. I have read some of his other books... would like to check this one out!

    1. Sorry, Kristi, but you lost the coin toss. Thanks for entering!