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I was so excited to be contacted to review Married and Still Loving It by Gary Chapman and Harold Myra.
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Married and Still Loving It Book Review
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, or if it would be of value to me or not. The book is geared towards couples that have been together for a long time and have children that are in college.
If you didn’t know, I am only 34 and Austin and I have 3 boys that are 10,9, and 4. Austin and I aren’t in the second half of our marriage, so I wondered how the stories would apply to me.
Older and Younger Couples Can Benefit From The Book
After reading the book, this is what I concluded…both older and younger couples can benefit from it.
Gary and Harold share many stories of older couples and the things they are dealing with in the second half of life.
Some of the topics they discuss include:
- Saying yes to life– they go in detail about being adventurous in your marriage and what that looks like.
- Meeting in the middle- many of us are married to our polar opposites. That is why it is so important to find a way to meet in the middle.
- Kids in crisis- there are a lot of married couples out there that have been in unhappy marriages for a long time. They think that as soon as the kids get old enough to move out, they can get a divorce guilt free. Then you realize, getting a divorce will still impact your kids and send them into crisis. It is hard to see your kids in any type of crisis.
- Still sexual after all these years– sex in all seasons of life come with different struggles. As you age, it can make things more complicated. A lot of long term marriages say their sex lives are better than ever. It is great that they address the different aspects of the problems that they face on account of physicals issues and emotional problems.
These are some of the different topics that they talk about in the book. I like how they share stories that real couples are dealing with in their lives. It makes it less instructional and more personal.
What I Feel A Younger Couple Will Learn
I was very blessed to have parents that a good marriage. That is not say that they haven’t had their share of troubles over the years, but they have found ways to work through the different walks of life.
When I was reading this book, I thought about the different things my parents have gone through and how my parents have let me in how they worked through it. Not everyone gets has those examples in their lives, of knowing the struggles of a couple and how they have dealt with it.
The stories of these people are sure to give insight into younger couples of what they need to do now to help themselves be prepared for the second half.
Since I have had people in my life telling me how hard it is, but real tips on how to work through it, I’ve not been caught off guard in marriage. I think Austin and I went into with eyes wide open.
It is so helpful to see how other couples have worked it out and pushed forward. It is also helpful to know that when you struggle with an issue, others are dealing with the same thing.
Overall, I feel that there is lot of value in the book. Feel free to check it out on Amazon through my affiliate link below.
Married And Still Loving It: The Joys and Challenges of the Second Half