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Happily Ever Laughter: Discovering the Lighter Side of Marriage (Focus on the Family Books) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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This book is a very quick read, with short chapters. Ken Davis, from Focus on the Family, put this book together, with submissions of stories from some famous Christian comedians. I had hoped it would have a little more substance to it, but it was bit lacking for me. I felt some of the stories were forced to fit into the book, and most of the stories were the kind that would have been funny if you were there at the time. Overall not a book I be dying to run out and buy, but an okay book to read.
***Disclaimer*** I was not paid for this post, I was sent a free copy from Tyndale Publishers. All opinions stated are my own and your opinion of the book may differ.
Unfortunately many of these stories, while having a valid point or two that can be applied in a marriage, came across as annoying rather than funny. In one case, after speaking to a group of people about being married to his wife of 35 years and the humorous squabbles they had, someone came to him, said he was married as long, that he and his wife never had an argument or raised their voices with each other. The speaker, retelling the story, claims to have been unable to contain himself and blurted, "Your wife's a carrot!" This is the kind of humor you will find throughout the book, despite having contributions from around 20 different authors. It is almost as if Ken Davis, the book's editor, changed each story around and applied his own humor, exaggerating in comparisons or circumstances in a constantly failed attempt at learning life through humor.
I was really disappointed with this book and often found myself unwilling to keep going because of the dull and often annoying nature of each "seriously funny" story. Truth be told, I may have laughed three or four times reading the 30 different stories. As another reviewer put it, the cover is the funniest part of this book, and that's no exaggeration.
Each chapter ends with a Laugh Lesson which hones in on the spiritual or practical "homework" you can apply to your own marriage. Whether you are newly married or have decades of marital miles under your belt, you'll recognize yourself and your spouse in many of the stories, and be reminded that living Happily Ever Laughter is possible with God's grace and forgiveness, not to mention separate toothpaste tubes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a super fun and funny book to read! As a married woman, it was fun to see stories from other couple who have experience many of the "funny" side of marriage experiences my... Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by M. Oachs
Happily Ever After is a collection of stories from real-life couples compiled together by: Ken Davis. Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by ldsdragonmom
Happily Ever Laughter is a compilation of real life stories from real couples. I loved reading this book! Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by MJW
Ken Davis has kept our family in stitches with his unique brand of humor. When I learned he'd written a book about finding laughter in marriage and that it can often be the glue... Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Deena Peterson
I love to listen to Ken Davis. He is a really fun guy and is able to tye up everyday life in a few minutes and leave you smiling and laughing. Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer