Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (October 28, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
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I have to be honest. I am always very critical of books offering marital advice.Years ago, I read a book on marriage and the author had had three divorces (I learned this after the fact). I'm sorry but if you have been married multiple times (due to divorce not death), why then do you feel you should write a book on improving your marriage?Since I've started reviewing books, I've been asked to review books about marriage by authors who have been married less than five years. I have owned my mini van longer than some authors of marital advice books have been married. And as someone who has been married for almost 25 years, I am very critical, almost too critical, of those books.When I decided to review this book, I researched the authors and found out they've been married for over 23 years so I decided to proceed with this review.Here are some tidbits from this book:pg 23 - "It felt like we could talk forever!" As soon as I read that, I thought back to feeling that same way! LOL! We can go hours just sitting by each other while I'm reading and he is watching tv. But that's ok. We've learned that we can still pursue our hobbies and still be together at the same time.pg. 53 - "All Couples fight" I am so glad the author said this. Over the year, I've known couples who say they've never had a single argument, EVER! And unfortunately things have been less than ideal for them.I really appreciate how the author describes his wife has his best friend. That is how my husband and I refer to each other. We are each others best friends. And I appreciate that he adds how important Date Nights are. For years my husband felt that our "date nights" ended when we had children.
It seems as if every year there are multiple books released on the topic of marriage. There are a few that stand out as ones that are classics and are thus highly recommended by pastors and other people in ministry. Although From This Day Forward is a new book in this arena, it is certainly one that will remain in my recommended books for people regardless of their relationship status. The wisdom contained in this book is applicable to singles, newlyweds, and couples that have been married for decades.We know that the divorce rate is high regardless of whether you consider yourself a Christian or not. Craig and Amy believe that you can beat the odds if you will apply the five things they outline in their book. The five commitments they list are simply in words, but difficult in putting into action day by day.My wife has not read the book. I am sure I will pass it along to her soon. I hope that she can already begin to see a difference in me and my commitment to her. Even if she does not see it, the things I have already began to put in place have been enough for me. As hard as it is to believe, I enjoy my marriage more now than I did two weeks ago.If you have five hours or so on a weekend, give this book a read. It does not take long to make it through the pages. You could easily finish it in one sitting if you have that much time. However, do not feel pressed to rush through it. Instead, read what the authors have to say and consider your own marriage or what you want in your future marriage. You will be glad you did.I would rate this book four out of five stars. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.If you have five hours or so on a weekend, give this book a read.
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