Team Us:Marriage Together
Author: Ashleigh Slater
Publisher: Moody Publishers, May 20, 2014
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
Positive and purposeful communication is a key factor in this book about marriage by Ashleigh Slater. I loved the way the author presented her information which was both reasonable and biblical.Reasonable because it shows how as a team you can brain storm a problem and biblical because it provides biblical examples and scriptures.
The chapters were short, or did they just seem short because the author poured out her heart about her subject. She was also very transparent in talking about the good and bad times in her own marriage. She included stories from her friends marriages. Then she helped the reader relate to issues by providing discussion questions at the end of the chapters called “Us Time.” I felt like I could really trust this author, after all, we had many things in common – The Hunger Games, Cary Grant, Lost the TV series and homeschooling. This was a real person sharing real problems in marriages and how to fight back. I hope Ashleigh writes another book. The book also shares thoughts from Ashleigh’s husband Ted.
This book proves it is possible to have a successful marriage in a time when 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, according to the American Psychological
Association. Team us should be on every counselor’s bookshelf and in every home.
I was given a copy of this book from Moody Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.