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Overview Authors, speakers, and columnists Bill and Pam Farrel offer sound, simple-to-apply advice to help couples establish firm foundations for relationships based on the authors own successful 25-year marriage.
Publishers Description Every couple plants seeds of success or failure in the first five years of their marriage. If they lack basic communication skills and the ability to solve conflicts in areas like sex, finances, and emotional intimacy, they won't make it past the five-year-mark. Authors, speakers, and columnists Bill and Pam Farrel offer sound, simple-to-apply advice to help couples establish firm foundations for their relationships. Based on their own successful twenty-five-year-marriage, Bill (who is also a marriage counselor) and Pam have developed strong principles for staying the course when life challenges their relationship. Lively, fun, and practical for newlyweds anywhere in THE FIRST FIVE YEARS, this book is the best investment a couple can make in building a happy, long-lasting marriage.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.92" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2016
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446579971 ISBN13 9780446579971 UPC 9780446579971
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More About Farrel
Bill and Pam Farrel have appeared on the CBA bestseller lists numerous times. Bill is a pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church with David Jeremiah in Southern California, and Pam runs their Masterful Living speaking organization. They have been endorsed by Stormie Omartian, Steve Arterburn, Jill Savage, Jill Briscoe, David and Claudia Arp, Fern Nichols, and Nancy Sebastian Meyer. The Farrels have appeared on countless radio and television programs and are among the most sought-after speaking couples in the country. You can visit their Web site at www.farrelcommunications.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about First Five Years?
Are they trying to compensate for something??? Mar 16, 2009
We picked this book for a home group study not knowing much about it. The beginning goes through the common theme of men are different than women... Then you start realizing that every chapter, whatever the topic is (say buying a house, getting a degree, etc...), ends up going back to having sex. Sex is definitely important in a marriage but the extreme to which the authors talk about it makes you wonder if they are trying to compensate for something or if they are doing it because "sex sells".
Writers shove their beliefs down your throat. Aug 8, 2008
Recently being married I have been reading a lot of newlywed books. I was looking for general ones that weren't religion specific and this one seemed like a good pick.
The first section was pretty informative, talking about how men and women think differently. There were some comments that hinted at religion but I could get past it and thought this was just something that was a part of the authors lives and it worked as an example. I tried to take the advice without getting hung up on the biblical comments.
But the next sections just continued to get worse. They aren't very open-minded or geared to different types of couples. They preach their own beliefs and don't show a different view. They say porn is satan. They go on for pages about their thoughts on abortion. (why is that necessary in a marriage book? isn't abortion usually an issue for non-married people?) Even small comments ticked me off like when they say a pregnant women who doesn't want sex should should make it her duty to still please the husband in other ways. A lot of their views are very stereotypical saying husbands need sex all the time to be happy.
They mention sex in almost every paragraph, and yes sex is an important part of marriage but there is a lot more that needs to be addressed. Other books I have read have really covered all the bases from finances, setting up a home, friends/family relations, etc. This book basically just gives the message believe in god and your marriage will be just fine and full of lots of sex. Sex and god, sex and god. It gets really old and annoying.
I was very dissapointed because nothing led me to believe this was such a religious based book until I was already reading it. The title should have referenced god, or spiritual/religious something to let people know. There are far better books out there that answer people's questions without trying to question their lives. So it is probably a good book for people who want a church based approach. But the authors shouldn't have been so sneaky to pass it off as a general help book to people who don't want to listen to their preaching.
A far better marriage helper is "The Nest Newlywed Guide".