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It Happens Every Spring (The Four Seasons of a Marriage Series #1) [Paperback]

By Gary Chapman (Author) & Catherine Palmer (Author)
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When a homeless man appears on Steve and Brenda Hansen's doorstep during a thunderstorm, the entire town is set abuzz, especially when Brenda lets him sleep on their porch. That's not all the neighbors are talking about--they're also talking about the icy chill that has settled over the Hansens' marriage.

Publishers Description
Meet the characters that live, work, dream, and love in the community of Deepwater Cove. Best-selling authors Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer team up to show how four married couples, all in different stages in life, experience the joys and hardships of marriage as examined in Gary Chapman's "The Four Seasons of Marriage." In book one, Steve and Brenda face a common problem among middle-age couples: empty nest syndrome. Steve works too much, and with their two children out of the house, Brenda feels lonely and unfulfilled. In order to save their marriage, the two must learn to reconnect. Readers are also introduced to many charming characters, like Cody, the mentally challenged homeless man that shows up on Steve and Brenda's porch; Pete, who owns the Rods 'N' Ends tackle shop; and Patsy Pringle, who owns the Just As I Am beauty parlor, where much of the action takes place.The series is based on the marriage principles found in Gary Chapman's non-fiction book "The Four Seasons of Marriage." Similar in tone and light-hearted, quirky humor as Jan Karon's Mitford series, Fannie Flagg's books or "Steel Magnolias." Each book has a study guide that talks about the four seasons of marriage and the healing strategies depicted in that volume's story.

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Word travels fast at Patsy Pringle's Just As I Am beauty shop. So when a simple homeless man appears on Steve and Brenda Hansen's doorstep during a thunderstorm, the entire town is set abuzz, especially when Brenda lets him sleep on their porch. But that's not all the neighbors are talking about. Spring may be blooming outdoors, but an icy chill has settled over the Hansens' marriage. Steve is keeping late hours with clients at the country club, and the usually upbeat Brenda is feeling the absence of her husband and her college-age kids.
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From Publishers Weekly
Relational expert Chapman rewrites his core message in fiction, teaming with prolific Christian novelist Palmer in this first in a projected tetralogy highlighting the concepts taught in Chapman's The Four Seasons of a Marriage. The plot and characters evince Chapman's thesis that marriage is a journey back and forth through different "seasons," while the neighborhood of Deep Water Cove and little town of Tranquility, Mo., provide the settings. Five local women start a club ("TLC") to help one another through problems in their relationships and their community. In a squeaky-clean nod to Desperate Housewives, a charming handyman is steaming things up with Brenda Hansen. Meanwhile, romance is brewing for Patsy Pringle, who runs Just As I Am, a "faith-based beauty experience." Palmer's descriptions can go over the top; the obligatory "autumn" character "was a windblown shock of wheat, a ripe apple hanging heavy on the tree, a mourning dove that gathered her little ones close about her and cooed in the wind." A homeless, mentally handicapped man gives Palmer some engaging opportunities to flesh out the other characters as they respond to his plight. However, the novel's scenes too often conspire to illustrate a counseling point, and the included study guide reinforces the idea that this is self-help disguised as fiction. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
It Happens Every Spring (The Four Seasons of a Marriage Series #1) by Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/13/2006 page 36
  • Christian Retailing - 01/01/2007 page 30
  • CBA Retailers - 01/01/2007 page 92
  • Library Journal - 02/01/2007 page 60
  • Romantic Times - 01/01/2007 page 67

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
Series  4 Seasons  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1414311656  
ISBN13  9781414311654  

Availability  0 units.

More About Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer

Gary Chapman Gary Chapman is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "The Five Love Languages". With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman has been featured at the Pentagon and United Nations. He is a prolific conference speaker and makes his home with his wife in North Carolina. Dr Chapman's books have sold more than 4 million copies, and he is the host of a national radio program and a popular conference speaker. Gary lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Spanish Bio:
El doctor Gary Chapman es el autor del libro y de la serie Los cinco lenguajes del amor, numero 1 en ventas en ingles segun el New York Times. Con mas de 35 anos de experiencia como pastor y consejero matrimonial, ha viajado por todo el mundo impartiendo seminarios.

Gary Chapman currently resides in Winston-Salem, in the state of North Carolina.

Gary Chapman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 101 Conversation Starters
  2. Chapman Guides
  3. Christian Large Print Originals
  4. Favoritos
  5. Five Love Languages
  6. Hearts at Home Books
  7. Marriage Saver
  8. One Year Signature Line
  9. Serie Favoritos

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