Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Good News About Marriage, Shaunti Feldhahn

The Good News About Marriage: Debunking discouraging myths about marriage and divorce, by Shaunti Feldhahn with Tally Whitehead.
Back Cover Reads:

"Divorce is not the biggest threat to marriage. Discouragement is.
You’ve probably heard the grim facts: Half of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate inside the church is the same as outside. Most marriages are just holding on. But what if these “facts” are actually myths?
In The Good News About Marriage, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking, incredibly inspiring truth:
· The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.
· Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t.
· Most marriages are happy.
· Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.
· Most remarriages succeed.
For too long, our confidence in marriage has been undermined by persistent misunderstandings and imperfect data. This landmark book will radically change how we think and talk about marriage—and what we can dare to hope from it."

I was excited when I saw who this book was by, Shaunti Feldhahn- the author of the amazing book (the book I unceasingly recommend to all my friends), For Women Only (Have you read it? You should!). 
The moment I received this book I dove right in and read it in one sitting .
The Good News About Marriage attacks all the common (misguided or inaccurate) statistics quoted for marriage and divorce in our country. 
We've all heard the "50% of all marriages end in divorce," quote;  all of the marriage and divorce myths talked about in this book, are ones I've heard.  As someone who dreams of getting married one day, it get very depressing thinking about getting married one day, (what's the point?). If you believe you marriage only has a 50% chance of lasting, the moment you hit a bump in the road you'll start doubting (well, if 50% end maybe we're in that group), and slowly you'll stop trying and give up...
Truth is, marriages survive by hope. 
If a husband and wife believe that their relationship (that their marriage), chances are their marriage will survive. 
Unfortunately, most statistics destroy all hope. 
Once again, Shaunti did the research; and shows all the statistics and surveys in this book. At times all the charts and numbers were a bit daunting, but she does an excellent job of keeping everything understandable (she does a great job explaining all the information.)
This book provided great evidence and hope about marriage. 
I really enjoyed the "But what about" Q&A in the back of the book-it was kind of like a condensed version of the entire book.  
My one complaint; at times this book feels like a broken record, repeating over and over how that 50% quote is a lie. Her talking about (over and over) the different people she tells and how they are shocked. I really thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.

To read the first chapter check out this link HERE.
Check out the authors website HERE.
For more information check out this link HERE.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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