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Gary Chapman writes, "Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage." No wonder the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent. Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman hopes to change that with his newest book. Gary, with more than 35 years of experience counseling couples, believes that divorce is the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates.

So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It's the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful "Talking it Over" questions and suggestions. And, the book includes information on interactive websites as well as books that will enhance the couples experience.

Dr. Chapman even includes a thought-provoking appendix. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy relationship. A revealing learning exercise is included at the end.

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Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married
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November 12th, 2014
I read this book when my fiance proposed. If you haven't read "The 5 Languages of Love" I would recommend reading that one before you read this one. I learned a lot about compromise, the different love languages and how we can understand them, since we all communicate differently. Great book for couples of all ages.
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November 11th, 2013
This is a very informative book on what to expect from marriage. Plan for your marriage as much or more than you plan for your wedding.
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Love it!!!!!
October 25th, 2013
This book caused me to look at areas in my relationship I had not considered. It envoked great conversations with my fiance and gave the hard truth to what needed to change to make things better. I highly recommend reading this!
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October 2nd, 2013
I feel better prepared for a long, loving relationship.
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