As many of you know, this past year our daughter got married. Her husband, Clay Herd, is a minister getting his master’s degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He likes to write, so I invited him as a newlywed to be a guest reviewer for this marriage book.
Guest blog by Clay Herd.
About the Book
What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”? When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan. But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.
Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.
“Finishing your marriage story well is definitely within your reach, no matter what your history tells you.”
Team Us by Ashleigh Slater, is a marriage book that takes Christian values and applies them to the average modern marriage. As one opens the book into the introduction, there is Slater’s story written out in the first few pages. It was a nice touch to be able to see the author’s experience and story come together. The layout of the Introduction was very appealing and easy to follow. As a man it is not easy to pick up a marriage book and read it; I usually leave this task up to my wife and have her tell me what it says. Slater’s book, howeve,r held my attention and was very engaging in thought provoking questions. I also loved her use of Scriptures to tie in applications of what she was saying.
Interspersed throughout the book are these “Ted Says” inserts. This is where her husband chimes in and gives his opinion. I enjoyed these quirky shorts and his humor about situations. The structure of this book is laid out well for a couple to go through together or read alone and discuss with your spouse. At the end of every chapter there are engaging questions that will help to guide you and your spouse’s discussions.
As a man coming into this thinking “oh no, a marriage book”, I have to say this was a very easy read, it kept my attention and with the “Ted Says” areas, helped me to read this and enjoy it. I found this book very relatable to today, I feel some marriage books are out of date and lose touch with their audience, However I feel that Team Us hits it right on the mark. I would recommend this book for any newlywed or even a veteran to marriage. There is always something new to be learned.
I have an extra copy of the book to give away to one lucky reader. If you would like to receive a copy of Team Us marriage book, comment below.
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