Life Promises For Couples: Gods promises for you and your spouse Hardcover – Jan 1 2012
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About the Author
GARY CHAPMAN is an ordained minister and marriage counselor. He is the author of the bestselling "The" "Five Love Languages," which has sold more than 4 million copies and was the first in a popular series of love-language books. The host of a national radio program and a popular conference speaker, he lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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In Life Promises For Couples he really did an excellent job getting my husband and I to connect with God. Each little day of promises starts with a few scripture verses referring to that day's promise. Then, there is a 2-3 minute devotion. He speaks on patience, burdens, love, respect, strength, happiness, etc. I really enjoyed reading this little book. It encouraged me in my marriage and helped me to better understand how to have a better marriage according to the Bible. I recommend this book to married couples, old and new, and also those couples thinking of getting married. It would make a perfect engagement present or shower gift for the bride.
That said, this was an enjoyable book to read, and the advice contained was good advice, ranging anywhere from how to be a better listener to how to have better sex. Each even page has three scriptures on it, and on the odd pages there is a brief explanation of a simple way to improve your marriage relationship.
For example, on page 142 there are three scripture quotations, one of which is Proverbs 27:5-6 "An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. (New Living Translation)
Then on page 142 there are three paragraphs, and here is a brief quote from the last one: "Never assume that silence or indifference is preferable to conflict. It's not. Proverbs 27:5 makes it clear: sincerity is always better than buried feelings. Truthful responses can be painful, but they can also bring healing and genuine communication. As long as you and your spouse are interacting and actively trying to resolve your differences, there's hope."
I like this set-up, because it takes only a couple of minutes to read each individual lesson, and I think a good way to read this book would be one set of pages each day as a quick reminder to keep your marriage alive. The lessons do not seem to be in any particular order. Gary Chapman is the author of the Five Love Languages, and so he included aspects of that into this book also. I do not recall reading any advice from this book that went against what is taught in scripture. The advice in this book is well-worded and practical. Scriptures are used primarily from the New Living Translation, but also from the English Standard Version (ESV), the New International Version (NIV), the New King James Version (NKJV), the King James Version (KJV) and The Living Bible (TLB).
The physical quality of this book is very good. It is a hard-cover book, about 7 inches tall and 4 inches wide. There is a ribbon attached to the spine, which makes it very easy to keep track of what page you're on, since there aren't any numbered chapters. The small size makes it very convenient to carry around.
My only complaint about this book is that several times throughout scriptures were referenced but not included in the text. This might not have bothered me so much, except that so many scriptures were repeated in the book. My thought is that with so many scriptures being repeated, and the scriptures each applying to so many principles taught in this book, that the ones referenced could have been included and taken the place of some of the repeated scriptures.
Something I really like about the material is that it confirms scripturally what I just read from The Self-Centered Marriage: The Revolutionary ScreamFree Approach to Rebuilding Your "We" by Reclaiming Your "I". I think that reading these two books together, or one after the other, is a good combination.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest review.
This book is one that could be read alone or as a couple. You can read one section each day. There is a little devotion on one side of the page and verses on the other. I love this kind of set up because I can read verses that go with what I just read. There are so many different themes of this book that have to do with marriage. Forgiveness, communication, intimacy, how to act like a better spouse are just a few of them. He also brings up love languages which I liked seeing in the book.
Since most of my readers are Military I can say this might be a great book for both of you to read during a deployment. You could each read the same passage and then talk about it or journal it to read at a later time. There is a lot of great information in here to think about and to act on to strengthen your marriage. I think most people would get a lot out of it.
Disclosure: I received the book Life Promises for Couples courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. All views are my own.
Life Promises for Couples would best be described as a marriage bible or your go to book for inspiration. It has inspirational quotes and "tips" designed to encourage and inspire couples of all ages. It's small and can easily fit into your nightstand or purse. Men, you could easily and discretely stick this in your toolbox (hey don't get all macho now, we know you read Cosmo trying to figure us out, and this book will serve you much better).
This book gives you hope and courage even on your worst day. In fact I don't think I can describe in words what this book "brings to the table" in a marriage. This book does have a religious bearing to it, but not overbearing by any means. My husband is a man who refuses to go to church or talk God, but he loves the books Dr. Gary Chapman publishes. I must also confess that I read this book daily, not for marital reasons, but for reasons of trying to keep my sanity during a stressful workday!
FTC Notice: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.
This book was not only a joy to read, but it was a super easy read. It goes at a leisurely pace and at the same time I wanted to read on and on. You could read just a page a day, or more if you choose. It's a great book for one to read alone or with your spouse.
The layout is so simple and to the point with one side being devotions and one side being scriptures relating to the devotion, or marriage in general.
The scriptures and passages from the bible were one of my favorite touches since it's nice to touch base spiritually.
This book covers a multitude of topics from intimacy, communication, serving one another, forgiveness, being a better spouse, etc.
It also goes into detail about the five love languages which I found enlightening. Each of us speak a different love language and we don't always realize this. Which is why women are often wondering why their husbands don't understand them, and why men wonder why their wives don't understand them. It's inevitably up to us to learn our spouse's love language and learn to speak it also. This will help make each other happy and make our marriage happier. By reading the book together, most of the time with my husband, I have learned that my husband communicates with physical touch and I communicate with quality time.
It's a book that is enjoyable for both men and women alike, and perfect for any couple.
The book is in no way overbearing and instead of feeling like your being lectured about your marriage you will feel more like you are learning valuable tips.
The design of the book isn't so small that it's hard to hold, but it fits perfectly in one hand. It will fit easily into a purse, glove box, etc. I carry mine around in my purse and because the sections are so short and to the point I find it easy to read in a waiting room, doctor's office, etc. There's also a handy little ribbon attached that creates the perfect bookmark on the go. The cover and pages are very smooth and glossy which also creates a nice touch. Not the mention how appealing the cover is.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are mine alone.