The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage
The 4 Seasons of Marriage Secrets to a Lasting Marriage Author:Gary Chapman Spring, summer, winter, fall. Marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another--perhaps not annually, as in nature, but just as certainly and consistently. Sometimes we find ourselves in winter--discouraged, detached, and dissatisfied; other times, we experience springtime with its openness, hope,... more » and anticipation. On other occasions, we bask in the warmth of summer--comfortable, relaxed, enjoying life. And then comes fall with its uncertainty, negligence, and apprehension. The cycle repeats itself many times throughout the life of a marriage, just as the seasons repeat themselves in nature.The seasons of marriage come and go. Each one holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges. The purpose of this book is to describe these recurring seasons of marriage, help you and your spouse identify which season your marriage is in, and show you how to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.« less
I'm not a person to read marriage books, and besides, I'm newly happily married. However, I decided to read it anyway. I enjoyed Chapman's 5 love languages book and figured there would be helpful information I could glean from him in this book as well.
In his easy, conversational tone, Chapman walks you through what different seasons of marriage can look like. He then gives you practical advice on how to bring your marriage seeing a difficult time into a time of new life - these suggestions are certainly not limited to folks having a hard time though! Many were good reminders to me to not let complacency set in, but to stay actively engaged and communicate with my husband so that we don't get between a rock and hard place.