Strengths Based Marriage By Jimmy Evans & Allan Kelsey {Book Review}

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Marriage expert Jimmy Evans and strengths expert Allan Kelsey show readers how to have a happier, stronger marriage by applying the concepts from the popular StrengthsFinder assessment to their relationship.

One of the biggest obstacles to a happy, strong marriage is a lack of understanding of yourself and your spouse. With Strengths Based Marriage, MarriageToday cofounder Jimmy Evans and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach Allan Kelsey give readers the tools they need to dismantle that hurdle and develop a deeper and richer relationship. Applying the revelatory concepts from the popular Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to marriage, Evans and Kelsey break new ground in helping readers understand themselves and others. Utterly practical and deeply insightful, the book covers topics like Stopping the Cycles of Pain, Speaking Love to Your Spouse’s Heart, and Secrets of Successful Marriages. Strengths Based Marriage will forever change the way you see yourself, your spouse, and your marriage.


My thoughts:

I was quite disappointed to find that I needed to pay to do the Clifton Strenthsfinder assessment, which is quite expensive considering both of us would need to take it. Of course, I didn’t do that.. However, the book still offers some insight and gives you some great things to think about. It covers topics like money,  how to talk openly, basic needs of a relationship, and more. I found the book to be informative, but to really get the most out of it, I would need to take the test with my husband. I think it’d be more useful if the test were free or if the book included a promo code for the test. Reading it alone will give you some things to consider, but until you take the test you have no idea how you actually rank.

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The Authors!

Jimmy Evans is the founder and CEO of MarriageToday. The ministry’s national television program, MarriageToday with Jimmy and Karen, broadcasts to more than 100 million households in North America and more than two hundred countries via the Internet. Jimmy and his wife, Karen, live in Dallas, Texas.

Allan Kelsey is associate senior pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort Worth. He oversees adult education and leadership development of the staff and congregation. Originally from South Africa, Allan is married to Stephanie, and they have two daughters.

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