Monthly Archives: February 2011

Book Review: Offbeat Bride

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Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides [NOOKbook]Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides [NOOKbook] by Ariel Meadow Stallings

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was written in an easy to read, matter of fact style. While overflowing with social and political opinions, anyone could benefit from reading this book if they are capable of over-looking rampant mentions of hippies, raves, and feminism.

The author does take great care to not alienate the reader while still standing on her soapbox about a myriad of issues from time to time, and really gets down to enforcing the point that the most important detail about a couple’s wedding day is all about them and should reflect them as a couple rather than giving in blindly to tradition and what the wedding industry tells us is required for a wedding.

While most of what the book says and suggests does not apply to my relatively traditional wedding (I love tradition and appreciate their historical contexts) that I am planning, the book did help me to feel more comfortable about making sure that the wedding is the way my fiancée and I want it rather than completely bowing to what people tell us we are supposed to have.

I would truly recommend it to any bride (or groom for that matter!).

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Book Review: “Before You Get Engaged” by Rev. David Gudgel

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Before You Get Engaged [NOOKbook]Before You Get Engaged [NOOKbook] by David Gudgel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book a great read given that I am currently engaged. It was written well and was easy to follow. I wish I had read it months ago rather than after getting engaged. This book was still a great help because it helped to affirm that I am marrying my man for the right reasons and helped me to really analyze whether I am ready (which I am). All in all I would recommend this to anyone in a serious relationship that may be going down the road to marriage, or possibly for someone who is looking to find the right person and settle down.

Book Review: “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John M. Gottman PH.D.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship ExpertThe Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by my premarital counselor. I found it to be a painfully dull read and very clinical. I would however recommend it to a couple that fights a lot and would like to work though it as there is quite a bit of good advice for saving a marriage and recognizing when a fight is at a point where nothing will be accomplished aside from hurting someone’s feelings.

If you think your relationship is rocky or of it gets really bad when you fight, I could see this as a good book for you, also if you guys feel like you need to get to know each other better. I however do not have difficulty with the problems that this book addresses in my relationship. I hope that it can help others more than it helped me.

I would have one recommendation – read it as a couple and do the exercises together… it can’t hurt right?

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Book Review: “Sheet Music” by Dr. Kevin Leman

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Sheet Music [NOOKbook]Sheet Music [NOOKbook] by Kevin Leman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My premarital counselor recommended this book to me and my fiancée with the warning to listen to the author as to how far to read in this book. He also put it very plainly (while blushing like a fire truck) that this book is about sex.

Well, this book is quite plainly about sex and how important it is for a marriage. It was written by a Christian and is not shy about its topic matter. This book goes into a lot of detail about Sex and what it means to a relationship. I would recommend it to any couple planning on getting married with the specific recommendation that one follow the author’s advice and only read the first section. I tried to cheat and finish the book in one go, but after the first few pages of the next chapter I recognized the author’s wisdom in where to stop until after the honeymoon.

Here’s looking forward to the rest of the book!