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The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 2012
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Chapman, author of the longstanding megaseller The Five Love Languages, uses his years of marriage counseling and leading marriage seminars as the basis for his thesis that marriages repeatedly go through periods that can be characterized by the seasons of the year. He begins by describing winter, times when marriages are marked by "coldness, harshness, and bitterness." Spring is "where most marriages begin," while summer is filled with fun. He compares an autumn marriage to "the falling of the leaves." Chapman offers detailed explanations of the emotions, attitudes and actions of the marriage seasons as well as the pros and cons of each. The book's second section provides seven strategies to enhance or change the marriage seasons, from dealing with past failures and speaking your spouse's love language to "maximizing differences" and becoming a positive influence. Chapman also specifically addresses how to improve a marriage where a spouse has no desire to change. While it's valuable to have this information in one place, this book isn't different from what Chapman has written, said and taught many times before. Clear writing, tested strategies and good stories are here, but new revelations are not. (Sept.)
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Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of the perennial best seller "The Five Love Languages" (over 2.5 million copies sold) and numerous other marriage and family books. He is a senior associate pastor, an internationally known speaker, and host of "A Growing Marriage, " a syndicated radio program heard on more than 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Overall, I found this very insightful, and although I read it individually, I can see how it would be very helpful read together as a couple too.
The only knock I have on the book is that it gets repetitive. It's a short book that could have actually been shorter.