Everyone knows marriage takes work. Growth in marriage takes time and effort. This book aims to help couples take steps towards the marriage they have always wanted...towards oneness that God designs for. Dr. Gary Chapman proposes that "the supreme purpose of marriage is the union of two individuals at the deepest possible level and in all areas, which in turn brings the greatest possible sense of fulfillment to the couple and at the same time serves best the purposes of God for their lives." He talks about why people get married, what love really means, and who takes care of what. He also covers the hot topics of sex, submission, decision-making, money, and in-laws. At the end of each chapter, you will find practical suggestions/assignments that you and your spouse can put into action to help improve your marriage. The book also includes lists of helpful resources (books and websites) for communication, finances, sexual intimacy, and devotional. I enjoyed reading this book and appreciate its Biblically sound advice. Want a healthy and happy marriage? I highly recommend this excellent book! It would make a fantastic Valentine's Day gift for your spouse or yourself :).
"Your marriage can improve and improvement can begin today, regardless of your partner's attitude." (p. 23)
"The kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13 does not emphasize emotion but attitude and action--which are not beyond our control." (p. 41)
"I do not want to discourage you, but your mate will never be perfect. He or she will never do everything that you desire. Your best alternative is the acceptance of love!" (p. 50)
"Selfishness is the greatest barrier to oneness, and we are all afflicted with the disease." (p. 62)
"Many couples need to be reminded that they are on the same team." (p. 87)