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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage...Review

The most significant act of love we can do for our spouse is the single act of taking personal responsibility or "the power of one." We cannot reach satisfaction in our marriage relationships if we don't first look at ourselves and see where we need to change. Personal responsibility is the fuel that drives the actions of a healthy marriage.

Usually, each spouse blames the other for their problems; this attitude only leads down a path of unfulfilled expectations and heartache. But marriages can be transformed, literally overnight, when a husband or wife learns the power of one. By accepting personal responsibility for their own emotions and reactions, spouses can learn how to love their mates to the fullest and create a stronger marriage relationship with the power of one.

I love the concept of personal accountability or responsibility.  I teach my children that they are responsible for their actions and their choices.  Michael and Amy Smalley share this same belief in their book.  There are two people involved in a marriage (well, actually three including God), but individually we can strengthen and improve our marriages.

With short chapters, and challenges and scriptures, the Smalley's have written a terrific book full of wisdom and insights.  The power of one person is really remarkable.

Thank to Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Michael and Amy Smalley here. You can purchase your own copy here

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4/5 Stars


  1. Sounds like good advice, although I very often wish advice were as easy to do as to say!

  2. What a great way to look at marriage and relationships. I know I can get better at this myself. I think I need to find this book!