Maybe its the chillier temperatures, the shorter days, or the falling leaves. In the brief respite between the go-go-go of summer and the rush-rush-rush of the holidays, theres an introspective quality about autumn that turns our thoughts toward our relationships, particularly our marriages. We ask ourselves, How are we doing? How is it going? What season are we in?
Falling for You Again is the perfect novel to read this fall if youve got your heart set on relationships. Its the third book in the Four Seasons of Marriage series, coauthored by best-selling novelist Catherine Palmer and marriage expert Dr. Gary Chapman. Like its predecessors, It Happens Every Spring and Summer Breeze, Falling for You Again recounts the stories of four delightful couples in different seasons of marriage. This time, the focus is mainly on Charlie and Esther Moore, who have been married nearly fifty years when Esther starts showing troubling signs of forgetfulness and confusion. Of course, the other loveably quirky residents of Deepwater Cove are on hand to weave romance, humor, and intrigue into the story, as well.
The original Four Seasons of Marriage is an innovative concept developed by Dr. Gary Chapman that describes the four stages that most marriages typically go through at one time or another, plus the healing strategies that help couples make the most ofor even return tothe healthiest and most loving seasons, no matter how long theyve been married.
If you read Dr. Chapmans book, The Four Seasons of Marriage, youll realize that the Four Seasons come and go in a marriage, and not necessarily in order, Catherine explains. So we worked out a system where I created four couples: a very young couple, a couple that has elementary-age children, a couple with the empty-nest syndrome, and a couple dealing with end-of-life issues. In each book, all of the couples are together. They all live in a small community in Missouri by a lakewhich just happens to be where I liveand they work and interact with each other. Theres a lot of fun stuff that goes on. But you focus on one couple per book and how their marriage is going.
The Four Seasons novels not only depict the seasons of marriage in vivid detailthey also illustrate Dr. Chapmans sound, biblically-based, practical strategies for coping with each season, so readers can see what healthy, functioning marriages might look like in real life.
The principles and strategiesthe seven wonderful strategies for healing marriagesthose are slowly revealed [throughout the series], Catherine says. Readers who read the entire series will get a complete picture of what those seven strategies are.
So pick up a copy of Falling for You Again, and also It Happens Every Spring and Summer Breeze if youve not yet read them. And keep an eye out for Winter Turns to Spring, coming out in early 2008. The Four Seasons series will keep you entertained and help keep your marriage in tune, no matter where you find yourself on the calendar.