It Happens Every Spring (Unabridged, 8cds) (#01 in Four Seasons Audio Series)
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Relational expert Chapman rewrites his core message in fiction, teaming with prolific Christian novelist Palmer in this first in a projected tetralogy highlighting the concepts taught in Chapman's The Four Seasons of a Marriage. The plot and characters evince Chapman's thesis that marriage is a journey back and forth through different "seasons," while the neighborhood of Deep Water Cove and little town of Tranquility, Mo., provide the settings. Five local women start a club ("TLC") to help one another through problems in their relationships and their community. In a squeaky-clean nod to Desperate Housewives, a charming handyman is steaming things up with Brenda Hansen. Meanwhile, romance is brewing for Patsy Pringle, who runs Just As I Am, a "faith-based beauty experience." Palmer's descriptions can go over the top; the obligatory "autumn" character "was a windblown shock of wheat, a ripe apple hanging heavy on the tree, a mourning dove that gathered her little ones close about her and cooed in the wind." A homeless, mentally handicapped man gives Palmer some engaging opportunities to flesh out the other characters as they respond to his plight. However, the novel's scenes too often conspire to illustrate a counseling point, and the included study guide reinforces the idea that this is self-help disguised as fiction.
The first in a new series, "Four Seasons," takes us to Deepwater Cove, a small community on the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks, where we're introduced to four couples in different stages of life. "It Happens Every Spring" centers on Brenda, a lonely wife, and Steve, a go-getter real estate agent, in the mid-winter of their relationship. When a stranger appears at their door one night, change blows through their house and their marriage.
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New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Gary Chapman seeks to fulfil his call to the ministry as a pastor, speaker, and author. He speaks extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally on marriage, family, and relationships. The government of Singapore invited him to present his marriage seminar there and the Chaplainfds Office of NATO issued a special invitation for Dr. Chapman to speak to the NATO forces in Germany. Other engagements have taken him to England, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mexico and Hong Kong.
Sales exceeding 5 million copies earned him the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association for The Five Love Languages, which has been translated into over 36 languages. Almost 30 other books including: The whole Love Languages series; The Five Languages of Apology; Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship; Now What? Marriage After Children; Profit Sharing: Making Money An Asset in Your Marriage and Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, Love is a Verb; God Speaks Your Love Language; The Family You've Always Wanted, plus five DVD series are also among his publications. He also hosts a weekly radio program Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, which airs on more than 170 stations.
On the home front, Dr. Chapman is Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with over 35 years of pastoring and marriage counselling experience. He and his wife, Karolyn, have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Dr Gary Chapman holds the following educational qualifications:
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Adult Education
M.R.E., Education Administration
Wake Forest University
B.A., Anthropology; Minor: Bible
Moody Bible Institute
Diploma, Pastor's Course
Graduate work: History of Education; Educational Psychology
University of North Carolina
Graduate work: Philosophy of Education; Comparative Education
Catherine Palmer has published more than 40 novels, most of them national best-sellers. Cathrine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award - the highest honour in Christian fiction - for A Touch of Betrayal. In 2204 she was given the Career Achievement Award for inspirational romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine. More than two million copies of her novels are currenly in prints. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and has a masters degree in English from Baylor University. - Publisher.