Friday, April 15, 2011

Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day By Bonnie Jacobson, PhD and Alexia Paul

I was a little surprised when I got this book from my book review program, as they usually supply Christian books from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The book is neither published by Thomas Nelson nor did the description or introduction mention anything about faith. For a book on marriage, I feel it is important to learn from the Biblical principles. I decided to give the book a try and sift through the information thinking it could be written to appeal to a mainstream audience, but still hold to those principles.

The book certainly looked appealing. It covers topics like sex, communication, kids, money, etc. It also offers practical five minute strategies for strengthening your marriage. I made it through the first chapter thinking it was pretty good. But then my husband decided to look a the book while I was at work and ended up reading the chapter on sex. He asked me later where I got the book and pointed out the section that suggested using "sporadic pornography" to maintain sexual vibrancy in certain situations. It doesn't matter how "sporadic" it is, we believe pornography is always wrong! I glanced through some other parts of the book and confirmed that the principles we desire to hold our marriage accountable by would not be discussed. I've chosen not to finish the book, because I cannot trust the content.

Hopefully I will have a better book experience next time! :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.