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Posted June 2, 2010
Happily Ever Laughter captures real-life stories from couples-stories chosen for their humor, variety of settings, and diversity of years married. As readers laugh along with each couple described, they will begin to understand that being able to see the humor in life helps greatly in keeping one's marriage happy and healthy through the years. Includes stories from Chonda Pierce, Bob Stromberg, Daren Streblow, Kendra Smiley, Jeff Allen, John Branyan, Rhonda Rhea, David Dean, Dave Veerman, and Neil Wilson.
This was a short fun read that made me laugh so hard at times, I saw myself and my Husband in many of these stories. Many times you have to laugh at your spouse to lighten the mood! It's fun to read about other couples and how they deal with their situations, I was able to grab an idea or 2 here and there. I highly recommend reading this book this summer.
Posted May 20, 2010
Sometimes it's good to have realistic expectations. For example, here's something my wife, Diane, wrote:
Here's the list of things I wanted in a man before I got married:
Handsome, charming, stylish dresser, thoughtful, in great physical condition, and romantic
Here's how I revised the list at age thirty:
Nice looking; opens car doors; is a good listener; works out some and is in decent shape; remembers anniversaries, birthdays, and other important events in our lives; and is romantic at least once a week
Here's is what I wanted in a man at forty-one:
Not too ugly; waits until I'm in the are before driving away, acts as if he's listening, holds stomach in, remembers to put the toilet seat down, and often shaves on the weekends.
And the revised list at fifty-two:
Usually combs hair that's left, asks if I'd like a ride, stays awake when I am talking, wears a shirt that covers his stomach, rarely forgets my name, and sometimes shaves on the weekends.
The new list for sixty-three:
Keeps nose and ear hair trimmed, can still drive, doesn't make bodily noises or scratch in public, usually wears fresh underwear and matching socks, remembers why he went into a room, and usually shaves.
Here's what I will want at seventy-four:
Looks don't scare small children, can still find the bathroom, usually wears some clothes, likes soft foods, knows where he left his teeth, and can remember that this is the weekend.
Finally, what I want at age eighty-five:
Is breathing and can hit the toilet.
The older you are, the easier to meet the expectations!...(Excerpt from pg 5-6)
This is just one classic story shared by couples who have found how humor can make marriages not only better but stronger. In the book, Happily Ever Laughter, Discovering the Lighter Side of Marriage, Ken Davis through Focus on the Family, and more, share those wonderful and lighter sides to making marriages work.
I found this book funny and at times, tapping my husband on the shoulder and saying, "Oh Steve, you just got to hear this one, it's so funny." and then sharing story after story with him. Even my teenager picked it up and was completely laughing out loud with some of the humor between men and women. Finally a book to make you both smile and one I have to highly recommend.
I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my review and trust me, this is one you will want to have. We all need a laugh!
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Posted May 19, 2010
Ken Davis is a funny guy - the first time you hear him speak. No, that's not fair. I am sure that he is a very funny person all the time; but his public speaking tends to be a repackaging of the same jokes he's been telling for the last twenty years.
I did not know Ken was the editor and one of the contributors of Happily Ever Laughter. But once opening the book and encountering the same joke he told in a video (on VHS) I have from 1990, I knew what to expect.
Don't get me wrong. The advice that is in this book is good advice. Unfortunately, most of the humor is rather dry and not particularly interesting. I found myself skipping over the cutesy honeymoon stories to get to the 'application' part I knew was coming. And before too long, I wasn't even reading those.
Happily Ever Laughter is cute. It would make a good gift, I suppose. But in terms of actual content and/or comedy, it falls short of anything greater than mediocrity.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted May 18, 2010
"It takes a lifetime to even learn how to love another person. To figure out what brings him or her deep, sincere joy." This book is compiled of true stories from married couples, relaying some moments in their marriages when laughter was key to survival. The stories range from newlywed moments to moments with children, home renovations gone bad, getting lost and many other everyday moments that comprise a marriage. One of my favorite stories is about John Pickerl and his wife Cindy. One Sunday morning before church, they uncover that a skunk has been living beneath their porch. They uncover this when the skunk's spray comes through the furnace and saturates everything in their home - including their clothes. Here's the conversation on the way to church:
Cindy (sniffing her clothes): Do we smell? I think we smell.
John (sniffing his clothes): Nah. It's just our singed nose hairs.
Cindy: No, honey. I think that stuff got on us.
Five-year-old son: I forgot my triceratops.
Other five-year-old son: Can I have a cookie?
John: You'll have toys and treats in Sunday school. Anyway, honey, that stuff couldn't have gotten on us, could it?
Cindy: I think it did.
Five-year-old son: I need my triceratops!
Other five-year-old son: I don't want treats in Sunday school!
John (pulling into church parking lot): Don't whine! You really think so, honey?
Five-year-old son: I need my triceratops! Waaaahhh!
Other five-year-old son: I don't want treats in Sunday school! Waaahhh!
John (parking the car): Stop it right now, you two! NOW!
Two five-year-old sons (being half-dragged into church, hands protecting their bottoms): Waaahhh!
John and Cindy (trying unsuccessfully to swat their bottoms): I said STOP IT! We're at church!
Every other parent within earshot (thinking): I'm glad my children don't behave like that!
And as the story continued, yes, they did smell. As they walked through the church (late due to investigating the source of the smell), they couldn't ignore the whispers and gasps from the congregation. The point (to this story and most of the others) is to be able to be able to laugh and realize there will be good days and bad days. "Every day is a new teachable moment. If we are really learning anything, we're learning to adapt better to what won't change or to what changes at a moment's notice!"
This was a fun, easy read. Even though I'm not married, I enjoyed the stories. I think the diverse experiences help shed light on the realities of marriage and show that there are highs and lows - it's all a matter of how you handle them.
Posted May 15, 2010
I received a copy of Happily Ever Laughter: Discovering the lighter side of marriage by Ken Davis from Tyndale House Publishers as a complimentary copy to review. The opinions listed below are mine and are honest.
Are you looking for a wonderful book to bring some laughter back into your marriage? Have you forgotten how to laugh about certain situations you and your spouse encounter? This book is a wonderful read to encourage you and to bring a smile to your face. The book features stories from Ken Davis, Chonda Pierce, Kendra Smiley, and many others. I just love books that tell true life stories from people who have gone through things and can share them with others. Being married almost 7 years, I enjoyed reading some of the stories from people who have been married longer. Many of them tell of their wedding day and thinking back to the beginning of their marriage which I really enjoyed. Happily Ever Laughter truly is a great and wonderful book to encourage us all in the walk of marriage. It reminded me to find the humorous side of every situation and just to laugh with your spouse. I would recommend this book to anyone who is about to get married, newlyweds, or to those married 50 or more years. It is a great book for all seasons of life and I know I will read it again and again just to remind me to LAUGH!!