Book Review | The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*

Two of my favorite relationship books are from The 5 Love Language Series which were written by Dr. Gary Chapman. Therefore, I was so excited to learn that this author has a new book release titled, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted.

Mark and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary in April and I always enjoy discovering new ways to keep our marriage healthy and positive. We are deeply committed and in love however we do not have the “perfect” relationship so we both feel it is important to keep learning better ways to communicate with one another.

The Marriage You've Always Wanted

The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted offers methods that I find to be realistic for real-world couples and is designed to help the reader find a direct path to the marriage they have always wanted. When my husband and I were first married, I expected that we would always be happy every moment of our time together and if we weren’t it implied to me that something was wrong with our marriage. My husband is the one who initially taught me that no couple has the perfect marriage and that it is normal to feel angry or upset with each other sometimes….what is important is that we were committed to working through our issues together always.

I think that this is why I can really relate so much to this book as it addresses important relationship questions such as “Why do people marry?”, “Why won’t they change?”, “Who takes care of what?” and even “You mean we have to work at sex?”. Dr. Gary Chapman is a renowned counselor and relationship expert who tackles these questions within the book in a way that is relatable and makes sense. I like that each chapter includes a “Your Turn” action plan section so that the reader can apply the principles learned in that section to start making changes in their relationship.

I really appreciate that this marital relationship book is biblically based from the author’s Christian perspective and it has inspired me to apply many of the things that I am learning from this book into my day to day interactions with my husband. I highly recommend reading this book with your spouse or as in my case at least discussing the questions together.

The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman is available for purchase for $15.99. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and highly recommend this book for any married person who is looking to enhance their marriage for the better. It would also make an excellent gift idea for a newly engaged or newlywed couple too. You are invited to visit the 5 Love Languages website to learn more about this book and other books by this author.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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