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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Your marriage could be one of history’s great love stories! As newlyweds, it’s time to ensure that your marriage can meet the challenges it will face right around the corner. Cultivating good habits during these first twelve foundational months of your marriage and knowing what to focus on will set the stage for years to come.Robert and Bobbie and Mark and Susan know that ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 27th 2003 by Zondervan (first published April 24th 2003)
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Aug 16, 2007 is currently reading it
Recommends it for: newly married people
Matthew and I are reading and learning a lot from this book about married life. It really emphasizes the beginning years of marriage being important for setting a healthy lifetime and we've (especially I'VE)found a lot of new ideas (like the YES cycle... ask me about it) that are sooo helpful to our relationship. Thanks Lucy and John for the book!
Feb 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
I think I would have been a pretty decent husband even if I hadn't read this book. But reading it gave me such a greater appreciation for how to treat a wife. The authors put my thoughts into words. That's a good thing.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: relationships
good insightful tips for a guy looking to not drive his wife crazy during their first year of marriage.
Matthew Sargent
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I only read the Groom's side (and a few sections on the Bride's side, as prompted), so this is mainly a review for that half of the book. My now-wife and I went through this book during premarital counseling. I liked the premise, and the book lead to a lot of great conversation on things we may not have thought to discuss on our own. On its own, though, the book fails to drive home many points that it brings up. That made the book feel sort of incomplete. Still, the results of our conversation a ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Timeless, godly wisdom from a couple of Christian married women on the important foundation that is the first year of marriage. I read a good portion of it before I got married and then finished the book after I had been married about 6 months. It’s an easy, often humorous, read. I would recommend it to others getting married.
Rebecca Elizabeth
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good required reading for premarital counseling. As with any books you might assign as part of pastoral counseling to new couples, read it before you meet to identify areas of compatibility and incompatibility with the bigger message you are teaching about gender roles. I can't remember the specifics of this book, except that it did include some very helpful principles.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the 1st part only targeted to woman. It is very insightful and will surely go back to this book for reference.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set this aside for now, but great discussion starter
Marika Gillis
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Marika by: Cass & Sarah
Shelves: nonfiction
Nathan and I received The Most Important Year in a Man's/Woman's Life as a wedding present from Nathan's college friends, Cass and Sarah, and, in case you were wondering, the most important year in a man or woman's life is the first year of marriage. One half of this book is devoted to the man's perspective during the first year of marriage and the other was written from the woman's perspective. The book is designed to be read at the same time as your spouse (though not necessarily together like ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is innovative even in its construction in the manner in which it is read. There is one side fir the man to read. If the book is flipped there is another side for the woman to read. Then there is also a section in the middle that the couple are to read together after they have completed their respective sections. This a book that was designed to be read simultaneously, as a couple together! A first project to do together as a married couple to help reinforce and ensure the success of yo ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kimball by: Rachel Hansen
I liked the unique, clever design of this book. Ashley read her side and most of my side before our year anniversary. I finally read both sides (which was pretty much the same except the girls side talked about having/raising kids and I don't remember that in the boys side.)

I really enjoyed the concepts presented in this book, especially the Money Insurance Premium (I had learned that from my brother Crusts, as he and his wife read the book previously) and the Normals (what we each take from ou
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marriage
My review of the men’s half: Some decent food for thought with respect to the appropriate mindset for approaching marriage (i.e. choosing to always side with your wife before your parents or anyone else). Definitely not a secular book, but there still is some interesting and potentially pragmatic ideas to help navigate establishing a strong relationship with your wife. Has a decent balance of anecdotes/examples and guidance.

My fiancée’s thoughts on the woman’s half: she thought that this section
Jan 03, 2011 added it
Shelves: nonfic
The pastor who is performing my marriage ceremony recommended this book for both me and my fiance to read. One half is written for the bride, the other for the husband.

I have really enjoyed the insights, expectations, and "normalcy" of what's to come in the first year of a marriage. I have laughed out loud and wanted to cry.

So far, so good.

I am also very intrigued by "the other half"....I may or may not have sneaked a few peaks...

Ok finished! Thoroughly enjoyed this one - even the somewhat cl
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It's a great read. I think everyone should read it even if you are not preparing for marriage. It's good practical information for bringing happiness to any relationship; especially your husband and your marriage.
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this with my husband when we were taking a pre-marital class. We both really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it! I highly recomend it to any and all newly weds, or even couples that have been married for years - it's a good read to read as a couple.
Kelly Ford
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth reading (even if it's past the first year mark of your marriage)! The format was great for facilitating helpful and practical discussions.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Very good, I'd recommend it to any newlywed couple. My husband and I still refer to it, still see good growth in our marriage due to some of the great biblical principles in the book.
Will O'kelley
A great book about living the first year of marriage as holy and wholly unto God and unto one's spouse. Very practical and very thought provoking on the power of simple actions and sacrifice.
Aug 06, 2011 added it
Good, funny, and practical! this book can be picked up again in the future for reference.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Best Christian pre-martial book out there! Great gift idea.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
There were some worthwhile concepts, but some didn't apply to me.
Andrea Wise
Apr 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
almost finished! Very practical... =)
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Good read for newlyweds!
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, non-fiction
re-read July 2007
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Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good read before you great married.
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very practical book on navigating any year of marriage.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Simple, a little religious-y but it has some good points that could definitely help out. A quick and good read. There were a number of sports references for "men".
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ROBERT WOLGEMUTH has been in the media business for thirty-nine years. He is former president of Thomas Nelson Publishers and the owner of Wolgemuth & Associates, Inc., a literary agency exclusively representing the writing work of more than one hundred authors. Dr. Wolgemuth is a speaker and best-selling author of over twenty books, including She Calls Me Daddy, the notes to the Dad's Devotional ...more

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