Friday, September 24, 2010

GREAT PARENTS, LOUSY LOVERS by Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

I've been married for six years and have three kids ranging from 4 1/2 years old to four weeks. It's hard for me now to remember the days when it was just my wife and me, when all our attention was on each other. Now, instead of holding hands we hold babies in the middle of the night; now, instead of rubbing her feet or going out on a date, I'm wiping baby bottoms and breaking up arguments between the two oldest.

When I saw this book's title, I knew I wanted to read it.

My wife and I strive to be good parents, and in doing so, sometimes we completely run out of energy and passion for each other. Authors Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham write a much-needed book that gets to the heart of couples with small children. One of the best ways to parent is to first love your spouse.

Smalley and Cunningham provide simple ways for couples to again focus on each other in the midst of a hectic parenting lifestyle. While these tips were good, I most appreciated the authors' approach to explaining why spiritual aspects are so important in a marriage. A good marriage is founded on a faith in Jesus Christ. If you're not living your life in recognition of his authority and presence in your life, you're falling short and your marriage will suffer.

I'll be keeping this book on my bookshelf and going to it during times I feel my wife and I separated by the toils of parenthood. Any of their suggested dates are sure to get us back on track and reminding us how important our marriage relationship is to our parenting skills.

I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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