Usually, each spouse blames the other for their problems; this attitude only leads down a path of unfulfilled expectations and heartache. But marriages can be transformed, literally overnight, when a husband or wife learns the power of one. By accepting personal responsibility for their own emotions and reactions, spouses can learn how to love their mates to the fullest and create a stronger marriage relationship—with the power of one.">Skip to Main Content
There are things that God brings our way at just the right time in our lives. That's what the book The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage by Michael and Amy Smalley is to me. At a time when hubby and I are going through some struggles, this book arrived. It did not look too interesting to me at first. In fact, I wondered why there's a mirror in the cover. Since this is a book about marriage, shouldn't the cover have a picture of a couple in it? After reading the first chapter, I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading it because it actually opened my eyes to the reality of our marital problems. I learned that I don't have to wait for me husband to act on our problems. What I needed to do was to start taking responsibility for our problems, to stop blaming him and looking to my husband for solutions, and to start looking at how I also contributed to the problems and how I can start the change in me. Authors Michael and Amy Smalley have been married for 15 years and â€œspecialize in teaching couples the principles of loving well and loving for a lifetime. Their teachings are biblical and realistic, making you look at yourself to start making a difference for your marriage. I plan to read The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage by Michael and Amy Smalley all over again for the stuff I missed because I read it so fast. The mirror on the cover was actually just right because they say that the solution to your problems is staring at you when you look in the mirror. I'm not claiming that my problems are solved after reading this, but it has made me take a different perspective, not only in my relationship with my husband, but also in relationship to others. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House as part of their Book 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.