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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review- Team Us: Marriage Together

As the valentine season is in full swing, I have a book review to share with you about the subject of love and marriage. 

"Team Us: Marriage Together" is author Ashleigh Slater’s first book. 



A little bit about the author: Ashleigh and her husband, Ted, have been married for more than a decade. She is a regular contributor at several popular blogs and has her own blog at ashleighslater.com She has almost 20 years of writing hexperience and a master’s degree in communication.  

I enjoyed this read very much. As my husband and I prepare to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary in a few months, the theme of this book especially struck a chord with me. Ashleigh reinforces that marriage can seem so ideal when a couple on their wedding day, but it's when the newness of the marriage wears off and when the reality of being married to one another sets in that the true test of marriage begins.  

Something unique about this read is that it is a book for a couple to read together, not just one person reading it and coveying what they have read to the other. This is what Craig and I did as a couple for our devotional time recently and we have both been blessed by this book.

In the nearly 4 years that we have been married, we have seen a number of couples in our lives go through divorce. Each time this has happened, when we have seen one of these couples ending their marriage, it has brought a pang to our hearts. I was impacted by Ashleigh's emphasis that when a couple is first married, a team is formed but if this team spirit is not cultivated through intentional living, then separate lives cam emerge with the word "we" soon replaced by "me" and "you",

Ashleigh shares a number of ways couples can cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriage. I love the fact that she doesn't simply share the ideas, but she shares experiences from her own marriage as she illustrates realistic ideas on how couples can foster cooperation, deepen commitment and exercise grace on a daily basis. 

In this video clip, Ashleigh and Ted together share some of their tips for resolving conflict in marriage, including how they moved from being a "me first" fighter to a "team first" fighter.

"Team Us: Marriage Together" is available for order at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and ChristianBook.com

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