book review: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Author: Dr. Gary Chapman

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

(Complimentary copy from Tyndale House)

Rating: A+

There are a few books I believe every person on the planet should own a copy of: “The Eyes of the Dragon” by Stephen King. “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore. “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to name a few. To this (non-exhaustive) list I’d like to add Happily Ever After by Dr. Gary Chapman.

For those unfamiliar with the author, Dr. Gary Chapman is a relationship guru. Penning such bestselling classics as “The 5 Love Languages” and “The Four Seasons of Marriage” and “Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married,” Dr. Chapman has hit another home run with Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage.

Happily Ever After is divided into six sections, each addressing one of the most common causes of *temporary* discord in marriage (conflict, change, money, children, sex, in-laws). Each section is sub-divided into several chapters ranging from three to five pages in length. Blending advice, research, personal anecdotes and real-life examples, Happily Ever After reads more like a devotional than a self-help book.

Here’s what I like about Dr. Chapman’s latest work:

(1)   Relevant. The material is as challenging as it is relatable. Regardless of age, culture, or length of marriage, every couple will find the material relevant and insightful.

(2)   Reference. The segmented style offers the freedom to use the content as a reference, picking and choosing sections and chapters as they apply to interest or need. I enjoyed the ability to skip around and leapfrog my way through this read.

(3)   Insightful. If you commit to reading with an open mind it seems there’s a little mirror hidden within each chapter reflecting back at you. Yep … be prepared … you will become a better spouse.

(4)   Practical. I appreciate the author’s genuine concern (and gifting) to help couples of all types and levels continue evolving in their understanding of one another. Found within are many tools and tips on how to communicate and grow over a lifetime together.

Happily Ever After is a great read for any season of marriage.

(I was provided with a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)

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