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The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage

22 Oct

“The power of one changes everything.”

Michael and Amy Smalley are a husband and wife team who work with Gary Smalley, Michael’s father, to help couples enrich and restore their marriages.  The Smalley family offers live events and a private Marriage Restoration Intensive. They have a very helpful website full of articles and information for marriages that are in trouble or couples who just want to go deeper with their relationship.

Michael and Amy have come together to write the book The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage.

I like this book and would recommend it to couples for a couple of reasons:

1.  At 139 pages (plus a study guide in the back) it’s easily read in a day or two.  And since their are two people contributing it almost has a conversational feel.  I liked having the point of view of both husband and wife.  The back and forth of their conversation and stories flowed well throughout the book and didn’t make for a choppy read.  I appreciated the couples honesty and authenticity in sharing of their own relationship and struggles.

2.  I think my favorite quote from this book is, “We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we respond.” The authors focus on what “you” can do in your marriage instead of blaming someone else (i.e. your spouse) for your unhappiness.  They do a great job of guiding someone through forgiveness and disappointment in marriage and showing you how to respond in love (even in a hurtful situation) and work towards reconciliation.

Michael and Amy Smalley have written a wonderful resource for marriages that are in trouble or for couples who want to take a preventive measure and go through the study that’s in the back of the book together.  This book is definitely worth a read, and I’ve already recommended  it to  friends who are struggling.

This book was provided free by Tyndale House Publishers.  I am not required to like or dislike any book.  This review is entirely my opinion.