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Trade Paperback
158 pages
Jul 2005
Moody Publishers

The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted

by Dr. Gary Chapman

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Every couple enters the gateway of marriage hoping their journey will last forever. Yet in The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Dr. Gary Chapman shares the sobering statistic that half of all couples today will probably split up. It doesn’t have to be that way, he says. Since thousands have sought him for counsel, his book captures sage advice in a concise, readable form.

As bestselling author of The Five Love Languages, Chapman is the leading expert on what leads to unity in loving relationships. The key lies in yielding our own faults and weaknesses before the throne of Christ and asking the Holy Spirit to transform our behavior, words, and attitudes. In other words, we focus on changing ourselves, not our spouse.

In candid detail, Chapman offers personal anecdotes from his own marriage, as well as stories that flesh out marital problems and solutions. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of marriage, such as its purpose, why people marry, the art of listening, decision making, sexual fulfillment, leaving and honoring parents, and financial planning.

This book is a revised and updated edition of Chapman’s Toward a Growing Marriage. Church libraries and marriage counselors will want this newer version. Ideally, it would make excellent reading and discussion material for couples before they marry. Yet, it offers examples and hope to couples in crisis situations, as well as those seeking to further strengthen an already wholesome marriage. – Heather Lynn Ivester, Christian Book Previews

Book Jacket:

“Marriage is God’s answer for our deepest human need – companionship,”

Dr. Gary Chapman.

And that, according to counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Five Love Languages, is to have deep and lasting union with another – to truly become one.

But how can you build that oneness from the beginning?

With the expert wisdom and practical common sense that have made him a popular speaker worldwide, Dr. Chapman helps couples with such questions as…

“Why won’t my spouse change?”

“What does it really mean to love someone else?”

“How do I get him to listen to me?”

“What if I’m the only one working at the marriage?”

Whether you’re starting your life together…or just need to improve communication in your marriage…Dr. Chapman’s wisdom will help you move toward “the marriage you’ve always wanted.”