I know, you're probably thinking, "Why are you reading a book about marraige; you are single!?"
One of my strengths from Strengthsfinder 2.0 is LEARNING. I like to learn about all sorts of topics, and it cannot really hurt reading books like this and trying to put principles into practice that are appropriate for friendships.
I find it annoying when research takes up half a chapter. Shaunti included every graph at the end of the chapters for those interested in looking at all the work she did, but I just skipped those pages (because she had spent the chapter talking about her findings). She just wants to prove that she spends YEARS researching these issues and makes connections with other researchers who come to the same conclusions.
"I never intend to suggest that there is always a quick fix for marital happiness" (14). She is aware of the fact that some readers are in bad relationships involving abuse and recommend they get professional help. I'm still not sure I like the title, but you get the idea -- and it appeals to our culture, whose top goal is happiness.
The most interesting chapter to me was chapter four: Go to Bed Mad. Contrary to popular Christian belief, it's ok to go to bed mad -- as long as you do not ignore the issue and eventually resolve it.
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I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.