Team Us: Marriage Together
By Ashleigh Slater
Published by Moody Publishers
Back Cover: 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.
REVIEWS: It was a delight to have dinner with Ashleigh Slater and her husband Ted last year at a conference we all attended. It was fun to get to know them and learn how this book came about. We laughed a lot; conversation was easy because we had so much in common. I was thankful for the review copy of a book that allowed me to learn more about this interesting, enjoyable couple; and how they became and are staying a team in marriage.
We recently watched, Family Man with Nicholas Cate and Elizabeth Tea Leoni. There was a tender, gut wrenching scene at the airport where Elizabeth says to Nicholas Cate (who is about to board a plan to Europe for a year), “Forget leaving and going with the plan – I don’t know what it will look like but I choose Us!” This book gives insight into choosing and becoming Team Us!
Gary Chapman says in the forward, “Real life is not always pleasant. Every marriage experiences disappointments’, misunderstandings, sickness, and financial trials. Ashleigh does not camouflage the pain in her own marriage. What she does is offer practical ideas on how to walk through the difficulties and find intimacy in the journey. If you are anything like me, I predict that as you read you too will find yourself laughing, wiping tears and saying “Oh, yes.”
Our society spends so much time, effort and money on helping couples get just the right venue for their wedding, people spend months researching, and planning to achieve the perfect wedding event. Problem! After the wedding there is a marriage. What do they do then?
There are not too many books out there on how to build a team in marriage, deal with conflict (in a healthy way) and how to get to know one another before you’re married and after etc. All these things are discussed in this fun and witty book Ashleigh Slater wrote. I liked how her husband Ted pops in and gives his side of how he feels about the topic or situation. This couple shares their journey in a real, transparent way. I liked their sense of humor too! It made for an entertaining, helpful and interesting read. I also liked the fact that Ashleigh included other couples stories in her book to emphasize a point and/or situation. I highly recommend this book for engaged couples and married ones. It’s never too late to learn and grow together.
I whole heartily agree with what Kirk Cameron, actor/film producer said about Team Us: “Is your marriage a team effort? ….If you’ve lost some of the “us-ness you had when you first got married, Team Us: Marriage Together is a book you need to read. If you want to fire up the togetherness in your relationship, build oneness, and live with a “Team Us” spirit, read Ashleigh’s book today! Her writing is transparent, engaging, funny and helpful. This book will fill you with the practical perspective you need to win in marriage. “
CHECK OUT my INTERVIEW with Ashleigh and Ted Slater in Book Fun Magazine February Issue. CLICK on this Link to get there www.bookfunmagazine.com
Nora St Laurent
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