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Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage: Unlocking the Secrets to Life, Love and Marriage    by Mark Gungor order for
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
by Mark Gungor
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Atria, 2008 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

We live in a dreamland where happily ever after seems to be the goal of marriage. But in reality, marriage is not a fairytale come true - it involves a great deal of work and understanding about the physics of marriage. In this new book, based on his popular marriage seminars, Mark Gungor addresses marriage in an extremely straightforward, yet entertaining manner that will cause readers to think.

After thirty years of speaking on this subject, Gungor knows that one of the main problems is that we don't understand what true love really means. 'People think that if a marriage is meant to be, it will just be. But marriage is like an ox. It's a great, productive thing. But if you are going to have an ox, then you're going to have ox poo. There's no such thing as a poo-free marriage. The problem is, many don't expect to find any poo at all in their marriage, and when they encounter stuff that stinks, they see it as a sign that they married the wrong person.'

In Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, Gungor addresses marriage physics, the laws that govern the marriage relationship. He covers interesting laws such as: Men and Women Are NOT Created Equal, Men and Women Think Differently, Men and Women Communicate Differently, Men and Women Want Different Things, Women are Givers; Men are Takers, The Law of Desire, and The Law of Love. He also spends quite a bit of time discussing sex, fighting, myths, and idols.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage isn't an excessively humorous book as its title might imply. It isn't about igniting the humor in your marriage. What this book is, is a very insightful analysis of marriage and how our mental picture and ideas about this important relationship are many times based on faulty beliefs and dreams about how it should be. The author uses humor, as evidenced by the above quote, to get his points across.

Even those who have been to multiple marriage seminars or have read countless books on the subject will learn something. Gungor is a pastor, so this book does come from a Christian worldview and ideals. He isn't preaching though, so even someone who doesn't have the same spiritual beliefs as the author would pick up helpful hints about the opposite sex. If you are interested in discovering what might be missing from your marriage relationship, or you know someone who is about to get married, this is a valuable resource to read, keep on your shelf, and refer back to from time to time.

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