This review is a bit different from most of the the reviews on my site since I normally just review fiction novels. However, in the past, I’ve really enjoyed books written by Shaunti Feldhahn and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review this one. If you are looking for any books to help make simple changes in your marriage or learn more about your spouse, I highly recommend her books. They are extremely practical, great conversation starters, and I would even argue guaranteed to work, because they are so fact based and so well researched.
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“If just a little bit of new knowledge can save a marriage, there are a whole lot of unnecessary divorces going on.” Shaunti Feldhahn’s new book, The Good News About Marriage: debunking discouraging myths about marriage and divorce is so full of information that is contrary to what we as a society believe about marriage and divorce. The book has research and statistics that support Shaunti’s findings, and even better, the results are actually quite encouraging. In this book, the myths of high divorce rates are presented and explained why they are flawed statistics. Shaunti also offers new statistics and explanations on why her numbers might just be a better representation. This same format is also applied to regular church attendees, as well as looking specifically at remarriages. The facts presented in this book are quite surprising since they are so different from what society at large has grown to believe. The Good News About Marriage is a great follow-up book to previous books written by Shaunti Feldhahn, and if you haven’t read them, I would suggest picking them up before this one, specifically For Women Only & For Men Only and Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages. These books are referenced a number of times in this book, and I found it helpful to be quite familiar with her previous books (not to mention that amazing information contained in those as well as this one make them worth reading). Compared to her previous books, I did find this one a bit less practical, more informational, and much dryer. Overall, I am not a numbers person, and this book is filled with them. I had to reread sections a few times to follow how she arrived at certain percentages and such. I read pieces to my husband (very much a numbers guy) and he thought it was great. But, I also picked the book up, knowing that it would have content such as that. I also found this book to be much more informational than I expected. The previous books I have read were quite practical. Overall, it was refreshing to read something that made marriage shine in a bright light and have a hopeful spin on how successful happy marriages are, and actually that they aren’t that far out of reach, even for struggling couples. For someone interested in this particular topic, I think this would be a great book to read. Otherwise,a glance at the end of chapter bullet points of the book will share most of the highlights of the book.
For more information on this particular book or the author, you can check out the following links:
- Book Trailer
- Shaunti Feldhahn’s Website
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- Get a Sneak Peek of the Book
- Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.