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Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

Things I Wish Id Known Before We Got Married
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Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

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"Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage,"
- Dr Gary Chapman

With over 35 years of experience in marriage counselling, best-selling author Dr Gary Chapman believes that divorce stems from the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates. So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help readers develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage they long for. It's the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married! This is not a book simply to be read. It is a book to be experienced. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful "Talking it Over" questions and suggestions. Also included are references to helpful interactive websites and further reading. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy dating relationship.

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About "Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married"

"Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage,"
- Dr Gary Chapman

With over 35 years of experience in marriage counselling, best-selling author Dr Gary Chapman believes that divorce stems from the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates. So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help readers develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage they long for. It's the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married! This is not a book simply to be read. It is a book to be experienced. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful "Talking it Over" questions and suggestions. Also included are references to helpful interactive websites and further reading. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy dating relationship.
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Gary Chapman writes, "Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage." No wonder the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent. Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman hopes to change that with his newest book. Gary, with more than 35 years of experience counseling couples, believes that divorce is the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates.

So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It's the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful "Talking it Over" questions and suggestions. And, the book includes information on interactive websites as well as books that will enhance the couples experience.

Dr. Chapman even includes a thought-provoking appendix. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy relationship. A revealing learning exercise is included at the end.


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Gary Chapman

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
M.A., Anthropology

Wheaton College
B.A., Anthropology; Minor: Bible

Moody Bible Institute
Diploma, Pastor's Course

Duke University
Graduate work: History of Education; Educational Psychology

University of North Carolina
Graduate work: Philosophy of Education; Comparative Education
- Publisher.

Table Of Contents

  • 1.  That Being In Love Is Not An Adequate Foundation For Building A Successful Marriage

    2.  That Romantic Love Has Two Stages

    3.  That The Saying: "like Mother, Like Daughter" And "like Father, Like Son" Is Not Myth

    4.  How To Solve Disagreements Without Arguing

    5.  That Apologizing Is A Sign Of Strength

    6.  That Forgiveness Is Not A Feeling

    7.  That Toilets Are Not Self-cleaning

    8.  That We Needed A Plan For Handling Our Money

    9.  That Mutual Sexual Fulfillment Is Not Automatic

    10. That I Was Marrying Into A Family

    11. That Spirituality Is Not To Be Equated With "going To Church"

    12. That Personality Influences Behavior

    epilogue

    appendix:  Developing A Healthy Dating Relationship

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A MUST read for anyone considering marriage.
5 stars By Andrea, Jun 15 2017
I picked up this book hoping It will arm me with information as my husband and l embark on counselling. It has certainly done that. Firstly it made me very aware that l just don't know how to do relationships and I've been doing it all wrong. It has not only given me hope but the tools to help turn my relationship around just by making changes in me. I recommend this book to anyone considering marriage, anyone struggling in their marriage or anyone just wanting to make their marriage better. If only I knew this stuff before. If you are about to get married this book will kick you off to the best start and skip all the heartache that can come with learning to compromise and live with each other. 
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Recommended
5 stars By Lydia, Nov 16 2016
This book is a highly personalised, practical and insightful read filled with wisdom and insight. This book is targeted to those who are dating and about to exchange vows to be married. Chapman advises that it takes more than simply "being in love" to form a marriage and offers practical advice on the realities of a sustainable marriage.
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So you think you are ready for marriage?
4 stars By TD, Nov 07 2016
Informative, useful and certainly beneficial for all singles who have marriage in their decks!  Dr Chapman speaks plainly and shares practical advise about being prepared before one says "I do".  Chapters can be used as conversation topics with your future spouse - better still, if both parties read the book and discuss the issues at hand! No marriage is full proof, but this book is a gem that will better prepare you for life that is together.    
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Essential
5 stars By Kate, Oct 12 2016
This is one of those books that you end up recommending to everyone! Fantastic, challenging and practical.
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The book I'm giving to all of my newly engaged friends
4 stars By Erika, Dec 06 2015
This book was exactly what we needed when we were preparing for marriage. It has some great discussion points and explanations. Don't rush through this book. Take your time and really think and pray together about the lessons inside. 
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  • Catalogue Code 305792
  • Product Code 9780802481832
  • ISBN 0802481833
  • EAN 9780802481832
  • Pages 176
  • Department General Books
  • Category Relationships
  • Sub-Category Marriage Preparation
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Sales Rank #1082
  • Dimensions 203 x 133 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.235kg

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