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Most Important Year in a Woman's Life, The/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life Hardcover – Anamorphic, April 27, 2003
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My husband really liked how his "side"of the book started out with topics of sports, and money...he says that immediately grabbed his attention.
Now my "side", Susan Devries and Bobble Wolgemuth writing style really appealed to the emotional aspect of marriage...the expectations prior to marraige, and the reality of life after marraige. I appreciate their ability to effectively communicate women's emotion in writing, which is not easy to do! I believe the lady authors do a superb job at capturing the emotions and lending that support for the female during the 1st year of marraige.
The book also speaks on topics such as sex from both the male and female perspective...So the female authors explain what sex is like for the men-and the importance of making love with your husband, and the male authors explain sex to the men using a baseball analogy (first base, second base, third base, and home) to ensure they comprehend how to make love to your wife.
There is also the middle section, "Meet in the middle" with activities/review material for the husband and wife to complete together once they have each read their portion.
This is a very creative book! 2-in-1! I have never seen that!
I will definately recommend this book to other newlyweds in my church!
This one book is really two books in one. From one side, women can read about what to expect, how to handle, and generally what constitutes a good first year in a Christian marriage. From the opposite side of the book, men develop the same type of material. Then, in the middle, are questions and ideas to bring the two sides together. They tackle topics from a balanced, Christian perspective and give tremendous insight into both sides of the marriage relationship.
The only issue I had with the book was that from the woman's perspective (yeah, I peaked in on that side :) there is great emphasis placed on the woman's ability to change the man. Though typical of our culture today, I think this is the only (though not necessarily insignificant) unbalanced part of the book. I would have liked to have heard on both sides of the book how both the husband and wife provide complimentary change into each other's lives. This then focuses on mutual change, dreams, and submission.
Even with that problem, I think I could recommend this book to newly married couples as a good guideline on how to build a strong foundation for a life-long commitment to an imperfect person.
For a full review, go to the blog in my screen name and click on the Readings category.
When I would approach my husband with a problem, he was constantly trying to "fix me." This book really helped us bridge a communication gap. My husband took to the sports analogies, and I found myself with a new appreciation for my husband's point of view. This really got us past that first hump. It's a must read, and I'm sure we'll do it again somewhere down the road.
I like that the book reviewed the importance of both love and friendship. You can fall head over heels in 'attraction' for your mate, but if you have nothing in common and don't want to learn how to please or be a friend to them, it's going to be rough. When you can learn together, admit that you make mistakes, and each work on your 'issues', the friendship and marriage grows better. Your problems will NEVER be resolved if you just ignore them! Keep working on constant improvement.
Another recommendation I liked is that each person should SAY what they want rather than trying to 'hint' at it. A woman who thinks, "if my husband really loved me, he would..." may never see it happen. I don't know about you, but I sure can't read minds and don't get the 'hints'. Thankfully, my wife tells me what is on her mind so I don't have to magically figure it out. It's so much less hassle that way. Overall, I recommend the book and am going to buy another copy for a friend at work who is getting married next week.
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My husband and I have used this book along with a Bible study to counsel 22 couples! We have found it to be an excellent tool for practical application of Godly principles. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Toni Martin
My husband and I read this and loved it. We have since given it as a wedding gift to several couples.Published 2 months ago by Amy
We were fortunate to have Mark and Susan conduct much of our marriage counseling, and many of the steps they took us through are outlined in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew Barnes
It's a great wedding gift. I love that it's for both husband and wife.Published 9 months ago by Georgia B. Basko
My husband and I bought this book to have something to read together. He reads the Woman's chapter out loud to me and then I read the corresponding Man's chapter out loud to him. Read morePublished 10 months ago by nicole