The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman

Chapman, bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages, offers a book to help couples improve their marriages.  Whether wanting better communication, closer intimacy, or just to move closer to true oneness with your spouse, Chapman offers concrete suggestions on how couples can shape their marriages from what they have into what they’ve always wanted.  Chapters include topics such as:  Why Won’t They Change?, Listen to Me!, Decisions, Decisions, and Love and Money.  What if you’re the only one striving to improve your marriage?  Chapman offers suggestions for that situation as well.  He also offers a look at in-law relationships and how couples can navigate those (potentially) treacherous waters.

Sometimes it just seems like getting married is the next step in what you’re supposed to do, doesn’t it?  We graduate from high school, go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, and live happily ever after, right?  With an estimated one out of every two marriages ending in divorce, we might need to reconsider our thoughts on the subject.  It’s sobering that divorce statistics are comparable between Christians and non-Christians.  Obviously there is a need for couples to improve their marriages and this is a great one.

My favorite part of this book is the concrete suggestions Chapman offers to readers, based on his experiences both as a counselor and as a husband.  His personal stories are very funny, such as when he describes his wife as a drawer-opener.  It was a source of irritation to him, but he chose to become a drawer-closer to avoid becoming miserable constantly being irritated at his wife leaving the drawers open.  I also particularly enjoyed the questions at the end of each chapter for each spouse to reflect on.

Whether you are newly-married or celebrating decades of marriage, this book offers a little bit for everyone.  I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to improve their life with their spouse and pursue the marriage they’ve always wanted!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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2 Responses to The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman

  1. 2crazyblessed says:

    Thanks for the review!


  2. Pingback: To Have Everything; But Feel Like You Actually Have Nothing At All | lovelyseasonscomeandgo

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