Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married

  • by Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by Chris Fabry
  • 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before you plan your wedding, plan your marriage! Wish you could know what you’re getting into when you say “I do”? Now, with Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married, you can. Dr. Gary Chapman, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 5 Love Languages™, has spent the last thirty-five years counseling couples. In Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married, he shares what he and these couples have learned from experience. Among the twelve things you should know: that being in love is not enough to make a successful marriage, that romantic love has two stages (and how to make the transition), that mutual sexual fulfillment is not automatic, and that personality profoundly affects behavior. The stakes on marriage are high, but the rewards of preparing are even higher. Whether you’re single or dating, this audio can be your relationship blueprint and help you decide if and when you’re ready to tie the knot. If you’re engaged, even recently married, it will help you examine your relationship foundation and learn the skills necessary for building a successful marriage. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married was written to help you realize your goal of marital happiness. But don’t just listen to it - experience it. Grapple with the practical tips and ideas discussed, honestly share your thoughts and feelings, respect each other’s opinions, and find workable solutions to your differences. The more you do so, says Chapman, the more you will be prepared for marriage.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Useful only for the most sheltered

This book assumes three things about you: 1) that you are so inexperienced and naive about relationships, that you aren't aware that euphoric infatuation doesn't last forever, you haven't had sex with your partner, and you are oblivious to your parnter's true personality and habits; 2) that you have never lived on your own and are oblivious to the basics of paying bills and cleaning a house; and 3) that you are Christian and are willing to accept answers like "turn to God to resolve conflicts" as legitimate solutions.

If you don't qualify the above, this book is rudimentary at best, and had little to say that simple experience of being in a few relationships hadn't already taught me. It also seems to skip over important issues like how much together time to ask of your partner when you live together. I'd return it if I could.
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- Leisl

Useful and Practical!

What made the experience of listening to Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married the most enjoyable?

It contains real-life issues and real-life experiences. I'll listen over and over again.


What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

1. That being in love is not an adequate foundation for building a successful marriage

2. That romantic love has two stages

3. The saying: "Like mother, like daughter" and "Like father, like son" is not myth

4. That forgiveness is not a feeling

5. That toilets are not self-cleaning

6. That we needed a plan for handling our money

7. That mutual sexual fulfillment is not automatic

8. That I was marrying into a family


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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2010
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio