ABOUT THE BOOK
A frank and funny look at what to do when together is too close
Two’s company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens when—due to retirement, working from home, or even running a business together—spouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners coexist without co-exhausting each other?
Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes. They dig into what God’s Word has to say, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.
For any couple who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for all—not just themselves—and who wants to know they aren't alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable, charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.
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We often hear of wives who have a hard time adjusting when their husbands retire and are home all of the time. but this book certainly isn't just for couples of retirement age. After living through a pandemic, and experiencing, for many months, 'home together, all of the time', this is a book that we all can relate to. Authors Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby have joined together, with the aid of several other women, to offer us a 'how-to' on the subject of togetherness, and they've even asked their own spouses, Ruchti's 'Wonderhubby' and Melby's 'Dr. Snuggles', to add their male perspective to the mix!
'Most of us, no matter how old we are when we marry, are woefully clueless about the many layers hidden between "for better, for worse", and "as long as you both shall live."'
Spouse in the House takes a realistic look at this new stage of existence, when couples are together all of the time, and suggests ways to adjust to this togetherness. Along with the mentions of problems and struggles, there are also many nuggets of wisdom and inspiration. Encouragement is freely given, God's Word is abundantly shared, and humor makes it a joy to read. This book is a wonderful resource that you will want to share with others!
I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publishing but there was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
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