Book Review: Strengths Based Marriage by Jimmy Evans & Allan Kelsey

Strength Based Marriage: Build A Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other’s Gifts by Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey

Published November 22, 2016 by Thomas Nelson

Genres Non Fiction, Self Improvement, Marriage, Christian

Pages 208


Strength Based Marriage: Build A Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other’s Gifts, is broken up into 4 sections; Introduction to Strengths, Stopping the Cycles of Pain, Speaking Love to Your Spouse’s Heart and Secrets of Successful Marriages. Each section is then broken down into several chapters that speak about the topic.

Section 1 discusses what strengths are and the background of the subject. Section 2 focuses on how to remove pain in your marriage and how to heal. Section 3 discusses topics such as successful communication, the 5 essential elements of communication in marriage and speaks about romance in marriage. Section 4 focuses giving the “secrets” to marriage including the secret to a great marriage, a strong marriage, a happy marriage, a dream marriage and a passionate marriage.

At the end of each chapter, there are activities and questions for you and your spouse to answer and discuss together after reading the chapter, which I find adds to what people tend to get out of self-help books. Participating in an activity after reading something can help some people to better understand the concept and actually apply it to their life. There is also a variety of scripture throughout the chapters where it applies to the topic of that chapter or section.

Overall, I thought it was a fairly interesting book regarding marriage and I believe would certainly be useful for married couples who were having difficulty in the area of communication, as long as your spouse is willing to participate in the activities and the questions at the end of each chapters, I imagine it could be quite helpful. Personally, I don’t think this book would be helpful for me, as I dated my husband for 7 years before we got married so I already know what his strengths and weaknesses are. So I would say that I believe this book would be more useful for newer couples or couples who got married after only a few years.

Thank your to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book.


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