Turkish Title: Evliliğin Dört Mevsimi
Original Title: Four Seasons of Marriage
Author: Gary Chapman
Spring, summer, winter, fall. Marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another―perhaps not annually, as in nature, but just as certainly and consistently. Sometimes we find ourselves in winter―discouraged, detached, and dissatisfied; other times, we experience springtime with its openness, hope, and anticipation. On other occasions, we bask in the warmth of summer―comfortable, relaxed, enjoying life. And then comes fall with its uncertainty, negligence, and apprehension. The cycle repeats itself many times throughout the life of a marriage, just as the seasons repeat themselves in nature.
The seasons of marriage come and go. Each one holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges. The purpose of this book is to describe these recurring seasons of marriage, help you and your spouse identify which season your marriage is in, and show you how to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.
Chapman describes 7 strategies for making your marriage last a lifetime:
1. Face up to past mistakes
2. Choose the winning approach
3. Learn to speak your spouse's love language
4. Develop the amazing power of listening with empathy
5. Discover the joy of helping your spouse suceed
6. Maximise the use of your differences
7. Benefit from the power of positive action