Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage by Greg and Erin Smalley
12 Secrets for a Lifelong Romance
Greg and Erin have written, I believe, several books on marriage. I think this is the only one of theirs I have ever read and it is worth your read. I say this after a lot of marriage books I read, but this one has impacted my life and I hope it will continue to impact our marriage.
I wouldn't say we are having marriage struggles-- no, no-- but let me say this, I think I can be a little difficult to live with at times. Praise the Lord, I am married to an extremely patient and loving man who puts up with a lot at times. I would like to blame some of my nasties on stress and grief and upheaval and etc. etc. but I'm not one that likes the blame game when you should take personal responsibility. Now, I'm not saying those things do not contribute to mood struggles, I think they can; but for myself personally, I need to take responsibility for them and work on making our marriage a thing of beauty rather than endurance.
At the risk of that being too much TMI, this book was very helpful for me. Greg and Erin talk about how to handle conflict, how to love and cherish and nourish each other and these things were good for me to read again. They bring a new perspective on truths that we have heard for a long time; different wording that strikes home to me. They are honest about their struggles and arguments and share about they resolved them.
Along with it being a New Year and wanting to commit once again to having the best marriage possible, this book gave me some insight on how I need to change my ways of relating and communicating. I still have a long ways to go.
The book jacket is very nice: almost a sparkly high-quality cover. It immediately impressed me.
One sad thing is I cannot get the website to work: crazylittlethingcalledmarriage.com is supposed to have more insights and date ideas, etc. but I have not been able to find it. So hopefully eventually it will be up and running. Okay, I tried it again and it switches you over to Focus on the Family and brings up info about the book. It looks like to get the date ideas and things you have to sign up. Not as nice as a full website, but usable I guess.
This book was given me by Tyndale House for the purpose of reading and writing a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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