Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day by Bonnie Jacobson, PhD
This book is a self-help book stock full of strategies to save one's marriage. Dr. Jacobson provides insight, examples and advice on how to pinpoint areas of weakness and slowly take action to make amends and work on one of the most precious relationships in our society...our marriage.
Throughout the book, one thing is made very clear...you cannot change your spouse, only yourself. However, by communicating concerns and choosing to slowly address the problems...even at five minutes a day...positive change can be achieved.
What I Thought:
I would like to preface this by stating that my marriage is great! Hubby and I are very happy and approaching our fifth wedding anniversary. I know, I know...we're still practically newlyweds!
I chose to review this book from the Thomas Nelson book review program because I figured it is never bad to read information and work on strengthening our marriage! I've seen several friends divorce over the past few years, and it made me sad. So, I considered this read as "proactive" and then figured it could be good to review every so many years just to keep that spark alive.
This book may not be the best for my intentions. It really was more intended for couples who were looking to save their marriage, or at least their sanity. Nothing hubby does drives me bonkers as to the point that I got the feeling of the examples in the book. (I cannot speak for him though!)
However, it did provide several "aha" moments which got me thinking about things we could work on, so I was happy overall with the read. I hope that we never get to the point where we need to use some of the strategies, but I have the resource in my pocket if needed.
Now, I thought the book was well-written and laid out in a great way. Each chapter included information about a potential trouble area in relationships and a story outlining an example of the problem and an effective way to communicate the issue with your spouse, along with five minute strategies on how to tackle the issue. Extra credit snippets are also included to further work on the relationship!
(I do have to say that some of the example stories made me giggle...they seemed to resolve themselves a little too cleanly and properly. Almost too perfect...too bad all conversations can't be that neat!)
If you are experiencing problems in your marriage and want to read a book about how to start working to fix them...even just a little at a time this is a wonderful book to read.
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