The Four Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage

The Four Seasons of Marriage Secrets to a Lasting Marriage Dr Gary Chapman author of the perennial best seller The Five Love Languages provides an easy to grasp framework to help couples understand their marriage and seven practical strategies for strengthe

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Dr Gary Chapman, author of the perennial best seller The Five Love Languages, provides an easy to grasp framework to help couples understand their marriage and seven practical strategies for strengthening or improving their marriage relationship A valuable resource for couples regardless of how long they ve been married, this biblically based book is a reference tool toDr Gary Chapman, author of the perennial best seller The Five Love Languages, provides an easy to grasp framework to help couples understand their marriage and seven practical strategies for strengthening or improving their marriage relationship A valuable resource for couples regardless of how long they ve been married, this biblically based book is a reference tool to help couples through every season of marriage Summary of features Valuable insight for every couple, regardless of how long they have been married Provides seven practical strategies to help couples understand and strengthen their marriage relationship Includes a Marital Seasons Profile to help couples determine the season of their marriage.

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  1. This book has good intentions and an interesting premise, but I didn't really care for it. I found it simplistic, overly-optimistic, and glossing over addictions and abuse as if they were easily overcome with kind words and a cheerful attitude. Perhaps I am a pessimist, but I don't think addictions and abuse can be vanquished by false smiles and feigned words of love. Where serious issues exist, I really don't think the advice in this book should be applied. Granted, I skipped sections that bugg [...]

  2. This was a really good book on marriage. It acknowledges God's desire for people to have a good marriage (first of all) and how He has crafted each of us differently and how we should capitalize on those differences. It is good to see things that can strengthen a marriage. Chapman's approach is also that each spouse can have a positive influence on the other and that, no matter what has happened in the past, we each have a role in having a successful marriage. It really was a book encouraging he [...]

  3. I picked up this book during the $.99-$2.99 sale recently, and thought it might be interesting, particularly given its many good reviews. I had no idea at the time that it was a Christianity-based guide to marriage, so imagine my shock at the first reference to Satan entering a couple's relationship! That worldview pervades the book, so if you're a Christian, this may be the marriage book for you. While many of the overarching concepts are certainly applicable to any marriage, I found the refer [...]

  4. I love this author. He makes it seem easy to be married and with 40 plus years of marriage it's someone I feel good about taking advice from. The strategies were practical and easy - my first one to take is empathetic listening. When did I forget to stop listening to my husband? If you liked the Five Languages of Love this is another book to read by the same author.

  5. بداية أنا بقرأ كتير جدا جدا في المجال ده مجال العلاقات الزوجيةفتقريبا بقى عندي خبرة شوية في القراءة عنهم و مين الكاتب اللي فعلا بيقول معلومات مفيدة و مين اللي بيكتب لمجرد الكتابةكنت متخوفة و انا بشتري الكتاب لأني قريت كتاب لغات الحب الخمسة لنفس الكاتب و خفت يكون بيكرر نفس ال [...]

  6. This was certainly the best of the books I've read lately. The four seasons your marriage goes through, really made a lot of sense to me, especially when you realize that is the way of things, it can't be summer all the time. The book had practical advice on how to bring the spring back into your marriage and I found them very helpful. The example relationships in the book were spot on when it comes to "real" marriage and the joys and frustrations associated with it.I'd highly recommend this boo [...]

  7. The 4 Seasons of MarriageThe concepts outlined in The 4 Seasons of Marriage are obvious in retrospect, but I learned a lot about my marriage from the way Chapman presents the concepts. I like the idea of using the seasons as a metaphor for what is happening in marriage. It is an easy way to check in and it is reassuring to know that all four seasons are part of every relationship. This was a relatively quick read and definitely worth the time.

  8. Overall, this book was very practical for all married couples regardless of age or situation. Chapman does reference his other books, which is useful for those who haven't read them. However, I felt that it was a bit repetitive. He uses a lot of examples of his techniques, which keeps the book lively.

  9. It might be a great book for other, however while listening to the audiobook I feel I didn’t connect with the book as much I wanted to. I felt it was a little old school thinking for me at least however there were valid points made throughout the book. At the end I couldn’t finish it.

  10. All his books are very similar, so the content felt repetitive. I do appreciate the examples of couples he gives.

  11. If you’ve been married for any length of time you might have noticed that marriages tend to go through phases of more or less closeness, better or worse communication, and greater or lesser comfort. In The Four Seasons of Marriage author Gary Chapman analogizes these phases to seasons, and describes how couples can move out of hard seasons into better ones, or maintain status in a good season.I found the seasonal descriptions helpful. The book includes a short diagnostic test to help you figur [...]

  12. Great strategiesI loved relating the seasons odd marriage back to the seasons we experience through the year. And the 6 (7) strategies price to be ever effective in saving relationships. Though that first one is tough.

  13. The concept of this book is so helpful, and definitely something I talk about now to friends who are in the 'winter' or 'fall' seasons and feel discouraged. However, the four sections describing the seasons were much too wordy for my tastes. I felt like if they had been edited down to a 1/4 or a 1/3 the length, they would have packed a lot more punch and carried the same amount of meaning. Practically just using the summaries at the end of the chapters would have worked for me.The seven strategi [...]

  14. Very actionable book and a perfect follow up to "The Five Love Languages."Book starts up helping you understand what season you're in and then goes in to seven strategies to help you stay in the spring or summer season if you're already there or move you toward it if you're in the fall or winter seasons of marriage. The only challenge with this book is the action required, which I suppose is a good thing. It's just a matter of taking the time out and doing it. Strategy 1: Identify and deal with [...]

  15. Every marriage and every relationship has its ups and downs. In Gary Chapman’s The Four Seasons of Marriage, he divides the stages up based on the seasons of the year – winter, spring, summer and fall.I came upon this book when a friend and I were swapping relationship books. I have read Chapman’s The Five Love Languages and was sure there would be good advice in this book, too.This book is not long and does have some key information in it. It could be a preface for someone to read before [...]

  16. Great!My wife and I recently led a marriage retreat and we used this book to help tell our own story. Chapman hits a home run with this book!

  17. A slightly different take on a book about marriage, this one looks analogies with the four seasons of the year. Every marriage, the author contents, goes through different seasons: the joy of springtime, at the start, and at other new phases; the contentment of summer; the concerns and changes of autumn, and the dryness and darkness of winter. The book looks at reasons why the more difficult times come, with strategies for moving out of winter to spring or summer, and - where possible - going ba [...]

  18. The Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman is a short book that gives its readers practical and insightful techniques to strengthening their marriage. The author describes that marriages can be in one of four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and winter. Each season of marriage is described in great detail as well as stories/examples from real spouses of real marriages. The author also gives tips on what to do to change marriage attitudes and actions meant to make a strong marriage better and s [...]

  19. Highlights: 1. Respect does not indicate that you agree on everything, but it does mean that you give your spouse the freedom to be an individual.2. Emotions moderated by reason guided by truth = constructive action. 3. Extra vows: actions we try to live by daily.4. Granting each other freedom to be different.5. ‘We have turned our attention totally to our children, ignoring each other’s needs. In doing so, we’ve done ourselves and children and disservice.’6. The most common mistake coup [...]

  20. This book is sensational. With a firm biblical perspective, Mr. Chapman clearly describes the ups and downs, the ebb and flow of a marriage. Better than that, however, he describes how to move from the cold isolation of deepest winter to the joyous, colorful and productive summer of marriage. Every relationship moves from one season to the next, but it is completely in our power to influence positive control over the status of our relationship, and with commitment, and reliance on G-d, we can al [...]

  21. This book was actually toward the bottom of my "to-read" list, but when I found it on audio book at the Library I decided to "read" it now rather than later. WOW! It was really good! I have read other books by Gary Chapman includingThe Five Love Languages How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate and have enjoyed them, but this one was one I really, really enjoyed! It's a good book to read no matter what the state of your marriage is at the moment. Maybe you are in the "summer" phase whic [...]

  22. I'm atheist but I found some useful advices in The Five Love Languages kicking aside the Bible-Jesus rubbish and the two stories at the end. That's why I decided to try this Gary Chapman's book despite of my deception with his When Sorry Isn't Enough. In The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage, there is plenty of couples' stories, tons of Bible verses and stories, and lots of God stuff, but very little useful advices (not enough to keep this book). For this book, it seems to me [...]

  23. Initially what drew me to this book was the overall comparison of the seasons to different stages in marriage. The comparison worked really well for me, and Chapman provides a lot of examples of real-life couples that he has come across in each of the different "seasons." I think the biggest comfort was knowing that it is okay to not always be in spring or summer seasons - the dark winters will come but there is a way to get out of them. Along with examples, he providing clear guidelines for how [...]

  24. I thought I already reviewed this! This is an easy, quick read that I think is helpful to anyone who is married. Chapman's premise is that marriages go in and out of seasons (some more enjoyable than others), in an order that is not necessarily consecutive. His purpose is to help us identify what season we are in, and either 1) help us know what to do to stay in the current season or 2) help us with seven (?) strategies that can help you move into a better season. He seems to cover it all, inclu [...]

  25. The purpose of this book is to describe strategies for improving your marriage by identifying the 'season' you are in and illustrating strategies for making improvements. Its full of illustrations and descriptions of couples experiencing different seasons for a variety of reasons. It acknowledges that we're all different and have different paths for making your relationship work. Foundational to the premise is the couple wants to make their relationship work. From there, he provides different st [...]

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