Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage (Chapman Guides)
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“My husband and I can't seem to agree on anything!”
“You spent how much!?!”
“My wife's parents are driving me crazy!”
”You never listen to me!”
Let's face it―even the best of marriages hit an occasional bump in the road now and then. The secret to marital bliss lies in how you and your spouse handle those bumps. In Happily Ever After, Gary Chapman, the man “who wrote the book” on how to communicate with your spouse, shows couples how to successfully navigate the six most common problems that couples face: fighting fair, negotiating change, managing money, getting along with your in-laws, raising kids, and maintaining a healthy sex life. Drawing on more than 30 years of counseling experience, Dr. Chapman provides real-world examples and practical, battle-tested advice that will help you and your spouse better understand and communicate with each other as well as grow as a couple for many years to come.
religious differences will be solved to this level of satisfaction. But this serves as an excellent model for how to go about addressing differences. Beginning with respect will always improve situations to some degree. Showing Respect for Privacy I was making a quick run to the grocery store for cereal and milk. As I made my turn into the cereal aisle, I encountered Tim and Marie. I recognized them as having attended a parenting class at which I had recently spoken. After we greeted each
together with their differences to form a team where each will use his or her strengths to help the other, and together they will use their abilities to make the world a better place to live. Each of us is uniquely crafted by God with certain interests and abilities to accomplish positive purposes when we cooperate with God and with each other. In a healthy marriage, the partners work together as a team to help each other accomplish the objectives and goals that each believes he or she is
spouse’s behavior is a futile attempt at rationalization. Don’t do it. You will never get the plank out of your own eye as long as you are excusing your failures. Step 3: Confession We have long known the emotional and spiritual power of confession. Confessing the things we’ve done wrong liberates us from the bondage of past failures and opens us up to the possibility for changed behavior in the future. I suggest that you begin by confessing your failures to God. Here is King David’s
together in rearing these children, and you are consistent in applying the rules. You feel good about yourselves, and you feel good about your children. This atmosphere greatly enhances the marital relationship. If the two of you discuss and agree on the approach of child discipline as discussed in this chapter, I believe it will take you to a whole new level of effective discipline and create a much more positive climate for your marriage. * * * Putting the Principles into Practice 1.
his bride: “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like that of Lebanon. . . . You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water