I chose to read The Upside Down Marriage: 12 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Right Side Up by Jim Keller because I believe that in life, there is always room for improvement and growth. I don’t ever want to get comfortable in my life. Even when things are going well, it’s important to continue to learn and grow. My marriage is extremely important to me. Although we’re only approaching our 2nd Anniversary as husband and wife, we’ve logged quite a bit of amazing experiences along the way. Our daily lifestyle is not exactly a common one…. My husband and I operate our 2 businesses from home with our amazing little boy who will turn 1 year old in just a few weeks! We see a lot of each other. He’s my husband, my business partner, my son’s father, and my best friend. I definitely can’t afford for something to go wrong! Learning how to make our relationship even stronger is always something that will interest me. God has blessed me with an amazing husband and I want us to look back at a wonderful life we’ve lived together many, many years in the future and smile. So far so good 🙂
The best way to describe this book is the missing manual that should have come with the marriage license. Couples go through life together facing different situations. While most are pleasant, there will be a few unforeseen bumps in the road. This book gives a very clear plan on how to healthily manage those bumps and turn them into opportunities for strength and growth. The bumps in the road are to be expected because they are a normal part of life. Keller talks about issues most important in marriage such as conflict, financial, intimacy, religious, parenting, quality time, and a few others. As a professional counselor, he uses examples from couples he’s personally interacted with (changing their names to protect their privacy, of course), along with personal stories from his own 35 year marriage. He comes from a place that is experienced and friendly, caring and informative, and neutral but on-your-side along the way.
I personally believe that every couple should read this book together. The value of insight shared in this book will not only transform your marriage; but I also feel that if every couple read and implemented the principles in this book, the divorce rate would significantly decrease. Marriage is important. The Upside Down Marriage explains how to make your marriage one that will last a lifetime.
This was an easy 5 stars. It covered a variety of topics across the board from a professional and personal perspective while sharing a message that most couples can relate to. I highly recommend reading this book, even if you are happily married, and especially if your marriage is experiencing a difficult time. There are some great tips in here to make something great even better. And also great ideas for preparing yourself on how to handle conflict in the future that could eventually happen.
About the Author:
Jim Keller has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and two graduate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. He worked in college ministry, primarily in the Northeastern United States, for more than 25 years before he founded Charis Counseling Center in Orlando, FL. Jim was a nationally known speaker with Family Life which is an international organization that addresses the topics of marriage, parenting, and remarriage.
Find more information about Jim Keller at this website.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Russel Media, in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.