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Happy Spouse... Happy House: The Best Game Plan for a Winning Marriage Paperback – 2 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Standard Publishing Company (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0784723567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0784723562
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 16.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,338,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Great Blueprint for Wedded Bliss 7 Jan 2010
By Andrea Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anyone who is married knows that it takes work to make it successful. I have been married to Fred for 4 ½ years. As this is my first (and pray, only!) marriage, and I did not grow up with a role model for marriage, I am always on the lookout for information on how to implement successful strategies to make ours healthier and happier. When I discovered Pat Williams and his wife, Ruth, had written a book about marriage, I was excited to glean their insights.

I have been familiar with Pat Williams for many years. Mr. Williams has been an NBA executive for 47 years; he currently holds the position of senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He is also a motivational speaker. As If that weren't enough, in addition, he is also the father of 19 children, including 14 adopted from 4 countries. Pat's wife, Ruth, in addition to being wife and mother to 19, is a senior consultant with the FranklinCovey Company.

Their book, `Happy Spouse...Happy House: The Best Game Plan For A Winning Marriage,' offers many practical insights into wedded bliss from a Christian perspective. One piece of advice that I found very helpful is this, found on page 46:
"In order for a marriage to thrive, there must be five positive interactions between a husband and wife for every negative reaction."

I can confess that I have to be very careful about taming my tongue when Fred does something that may offend or upset me. I have made a point to pray before I allow any words to come out of my mouth. After all, they can never be taken back after they come out; the damage is done. Ideally, the thoughts should not come into our minds, but if they do, we need to pray moment by moment that they are not uttered. I appreciate the sentiment presented by the Williams.

The Williams' also state that, in order to have the best possible marriage, you must EDIFY your spouse:


I was also happy to see that Pat and Ruth employ the Biblical principles of forgiveness and daily Bible and devotional readings before they retire for the evening.

I was encouraged by a story at the end of the book. Both Pat and Ruth participate in marathons, as do Fred & I. They shared an example of perseverance during the Boston Marathon. In 1997, they ran the premiere marathon together. Ruth had knee problems at Mile 9. She strongly encouraged Pat to continue on without her. At Mile 20, Pat heard a voice from behind him - "Paaaatrick!" It was Ruth; she had run the last 11 miles alone to catch up with Pat; they ran the final 6.2 miles together. Pat continues:

"Perseverance is paramount - that nothing is accomplished by stopping altogether, by melting beneath circumstances. Ruth did not give up on finding me or finishing the marathon with me. This story is the most literal example I can evoke of man's ability to push ahead amid seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Marathons area reflection of life and marriage. You get to practice `not quitting' for about five hours. "

It is important to learn from others who have preceded us in successful and prosperous endeavors. Ruth and Pat's marriage is a strong exemplar to all of us. I think this book is valuable to all married couples. In addition, it would be a wonderful wedding gift to help a couple begin their marriage on the right track - and keep it there.

This book was provided to me for review purposes by Standard Publishing.

Reviewed by Andrea Schultz - Ponderings by Andrea - [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Best Marriage Advice Next To The Bible 1 Sep 2011
By Marathoner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My wife and I and our marriage have been richly blessed by Pat and Ruth Williams' book ... "Happy Spouse ... Happy House - The Best game Plan For A Winning Marriage".

This book is a must read for married couples ... and anyone who even contemplates marriage at some time in their lives.

My wife and I have been blessed to hear Pat speak on multiple occasions. We have a bookshelf in our home totally devoted to his numerous books. Each one is a gem. God has blessed Pat and Ruth with incredible gifts of communication ... both verbal and written. Pat is one of the finest speakers and authors on the planet.

Pat and Ruth's insights on marriage are a breath of fresh air. They are Christ centered, honest, candid, open, informed, and thought provoking. They compliment and supplement each other with their individual and diverse thoughts and insights.

Pat and Ruth base their book on scripture and sound Biblical principles as well as personal experience and research.

As we read this book, my wife and I felt that Pat and Ruth were holding us accountable. They were ... and we loved it.

We ran the gamut of emotions as we turned the pages. We openly admit feeling embarrassed and ashamed of our shortcomings. Good news ... Pat and Ruth taught us how to correct them all.

As I was growing up, whenever my Mother corrected me she always followed up by telling me how to do right and to do better. Pat and Ruth do exactly that. Whenever they present an issue ... they also present a solution.

This book is timeless and transcends the tenure of marriage. If you have been married one day, one year, one decade, or one century ... you and your marriage will be blessed by this book.

As a reader I am an "underliner" and a "highlighter" of important things I want to look back on. In the case of "Happy Spouse ... Happy House" I found myself underlining and highlighting almost every page. It is that powerful.

Every court house in America should issue a copy of "Happy Spouse ... Happy House" when they issue a marriage license. Every Pastor should hand couples a copy of this book while saying ... "I now pronounce you man and wife".

It is our custom to put books on the shelf after we have read them. Pat and Ruth's book will not be on the shelf ... but rather in a place of prominence in our home ... next to our Bibles. It will continue to serve as a constant reference and reminder to us of how blessed we are to have each other, and what we can and must do to be good stewards of God's precious gift of our marriage.

Thanks to Pat and Ruth Williams for their ministry through this book.
Enlightening 12 Feb 2010
By Patti Chadwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another great book by Pat Williams. I am amazed at all the different topics he tackles in his writings and he is always very knowledgeable and insightful. This book he writes with his wife Ruth about having success in your marriage and the premise is that if you work to make your spouse happy it will overflow into the life of the entire family.

The book is written from Christian world-view and promotes the importance of having daily devotional time together as well as highlighting the importance of instilling Biblical principles in your marriage such as forgiveness, positive attitudes and communications and the importance of encouragement.

This book is great for new and established couples alike.
The title says it all ---- 2 sided coin 7 July 2012
By Jim Serger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The title says it all--it says happy spouse happy house--it does not say happy wife, nor does it say happy husband--it says happy spouse, which means both parties have to commit themselves for the other to be happy as well. Marriage is not an easy game to play, nor is any other game. But, it can be--if we set it up with pillars to hold the marriage up and not try to knock it down. This book stated many common easy steps to follow, to guide and to help couples achieve greatness in their marriage. I thoroughly enjoyed reading what the two authors had too say, for they both told their personal stories as well as give reference to others and of course giving reference to the Bible. The book helped guide me on a few steps and solutions I had not thought of to communicate with my spouse, it will do the same for you--it is a work book--it gives new insight and strategies to grow your relationship and that is what I found very helpful. It takes two to tango, it takes two to make a marriage work--Happy Spouse....Happy House will show the way.
Read it! 27 April 2011
By AG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading a book to help your marriage / relationship is the least everyone can do. My husband and I really like this book because it keeps religion in your marriage.
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