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The only thing funnier than marriage is Rick and Bubba talkin' about it!

Rick and Bubba are at it again, andthis time it is all about marriage. Addressing such topics as apologizing (The Ten Worst Ways to Say I’m Sorry), communication (Grunting Is Not a Language), date nights (Worst Date Nights in History), finances (I Thought You Paid the Gas Bill), andplaying sports together (I Did Too Let You Win), the two "sexiest fat men alive" will have couples everywheretied in knots.With...

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Overview

The only thing funnier than marriage is Rick and Bubba talkin' about it!

Rick and Bubba are at it again, andthis time it is all about marriage. Addressing such topics as apologizing (The Ten Worst Ways to Say I’m Sorry), communication (Grunting Is Not a Language), date nights (Worst Date Nights in History), finances (I Thought You Paid the Gas Bill), andplaying sports together (I Did Too Let You Win), the two "sexiest fat men alive" will have couples everywheretied in knots.With stories, top ten lists, and even a bonus addendum of their oft mentioned, "The Book of Blame," this humorous look at marriage is long overdue. This book will revolutionize your way of looking at married life. And it might just remind you all over again why you fell in love in the first place.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401603991
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Burgess is co-host of the nationally syndicated “Rick and Bubba Show" and the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books, Rick and Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country, Family, and Anything Else We Can Think Ofand The Rick and Bubba Code.

Bill "Bubba" Bussey is co-host of the nationally syndicated "Rick and Bubba Show" and co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Rick and Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country, Family, and Anything Else We Can Think Of and The Rick and Bubba Code.

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Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage


By Rick Burgess Bill "Bubba" Bussey Martha Bolton

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4016-0399-1


Chapter One

First Impressions

When Betty and I (Bubba) first met, I was a lot thinner than I am right now. (Or maybe I was taller.) I was in high school, eighteen years old, and weighed in at around 170 pounds. I was a little harder on the scale by the time I got to college. I had shot up to about 210 pounds. And the scale hasn't stopped spinning since. Back then, though, I was in pretty good shape. In fact, I was quite the catch. At least that's what I wrote in Betty's yearbook.

Oh, and did I mention I also had permed hair? Betty claims that it was my permed hair that kept her attention off any weight issues I may have had. "I couldn't get past that perm," Betty confessed on our radio show one day not too long ago. I believe the exact words she used to describe it were "that goofy perm."

Goofy perm? And here, all these years, I thought it looked kind of cool, in an electrocuted Tom Jones kind of way.

Isn't that just like a woman, though? We men, as insecure as most of us are already, go out of our way to try to look appealing to our wives. But it seems like the harder we try, the more they laugh at us. Am I right, guys? Wetried platform shoes, Nehru jackets, and Elvis hair and sideburns. All we got were snickers, giggles, and belly laughs.

Sorry ... Betty has just commandeered the computer for her version of the story:

"I remember the first day I met Bill 'Bubba' Bussey. Of course, he wasn't 'Bubba' back then. He was just 'Bill.'

"Bill drove up in this gold 280Z, with speakers that were as big as the car. He had 12-inch woofers pointing up, three-way 6 x 9s pointing forward, with a crossover network. Let's just say, you could hear him coming. The ground would start vibrating from a block away.

"Bill was cool. He looked over at me like he really had something going on. But I couldn't react. I was too busy trying not to lose my cookies from the vibration in my chest caused by those speakers. So while I was trying my best not to get sick, he was trying his best to look cool and catch my attention.

"He did catch it, though. And as they say, the rest is history." (Me again-Bubba-and I still say, she really did like that perm.)

Chapter Two

Catching Your Mate

This chapter is for any single guys who may be reading this book. If you're reading it, either you're looking for advice on marriage for when you take the plunge into matrimony, or you're trying to figure out what might have gone wrong in your last relationship and how not to repeat those same mistakes.

We're glad you've come to the right source.

Many of today's young men are lost when it comes to the fine art of dating. Frankly, they are way too passive and need to get more aggressive in their search for the right woman. I (Rick) watch these young guys, and it's as if they think that the woman that God intends for them to marry is just going to happen along. Unless she's the Avon lady, it's highly unlikely that she's going to show up on your doorstep.

If the two of us had just waited around for Sherri and Betty to finally decide to marry us, we would probably be living like the Odd Couple, and we're not sure which one of us would be Felix.

Men, when it comes to finding the right mate, you have to be determined and focused. And not give up too soon. We walked right up to the line of stalking these two beautiful women. We didn't cross the line, of course; we stopped before they had legal grounds to keep us away.

But we never gave up.

I (Rick) played the world-famous friend approach in order to get myself into Sherri's company, and then I sort of worked my way from there. I would often talk to her about what losers other men were and how she shouldn't be treated that way. This, of course, implied how I would treat her like a queen if she would just give me the chance.

When I got up the courage, I began to get a little bolder and told her exactly how I felt and that my intentions were to marry her one day. (Sherri claims that if you look at our wedding pictures today, there is a look on my face that says, "Hey, look, I pulled this off just as planned.")

So my confidence played in my favor. Women love confidence in a man, but that's not to be confused with cockiness or arrogance.

Women also love it when a guy seems interested in what is important to them. Guys, when you're out with a woman, ask her about herself, take interest in who she is and what she likes, believes, wants, needs, expects, and dreams about. Get to know the real her; that'll go a long way toward getting her interested in knowing more about you.

And all of you single ladies out there, don't get lured into the "I will not settle" lie. If my wife had not settled for imperfection, we wouldn't be married today. I assure you that when she was a little girl, I was not what she was thinking her Prince Charming would turn out to be. For one thing, I couldn't even get the tights over my knees. I was older, already had a couple of kids, and had plenty of baggage.

But I can also assure you that we could not be happier. The way I treat her and the way I attempt to honor her are much more important than how tight my abs may or may not be or any mistakes I may have made in my past.

So don't look for perfection. Chances are pretty good that you're not without flaws either. None of us are. Find someone whose imperfections you can live with, and he yours, and see if something develops. If you fall in love, put God at the center of your marriage and watch how everything else falls into place.

Rick and Bubba's Surefire Ways for Guys to Know She's the One

For those of you who haven't taken the plunge into matrimony yet, we thought it would be good to give you some tips to know whether the girl you're considering marrying is the right one for you.

You'll know she's the right one if ...

* she believes the "triple option offense" is the greatest offense ever created in football, and she thinks the "spread offense" is ruining the game.

* she knows everything there is to know about you and still wants to be in the same room.

* she will prepare wild game for dinner and never once flinch.

* she encourages you to go off more often with your guy friends to hunt and fish.

* she loves red meat.

* she says, "I just don't think men should change diapers."

* she has her own bass boat.

* she loves to cut grass.

* she enjoys cleaning house and doesn't want anyone else to do it.

* she hates soccer and doesn't want her sons playing it.

Chapter Three

Ball and Chain

A misconception held by many single men and women is that they have more freedom than do married people. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Yet singles will brag that by staying unattached, they don't have to answer to a spouse and they have the freedom to come and go as they please. They will even go so far as to describe a married relationship as "the old ball and chain."

We challenge that notion and will here prove its inaccuracy once and for all. Married people are not the ones who wear a ball and chain. The shackled ones are single guys in unhealthy relationships.

Exhibit One: Whenever we're with our single friends, we don't spend near the amount of time on the cell phone with our significant other as they do. They are the ones with the receiver pressed to their ear and so deep in conversation that they tune out everyone else. We don't know what they're talking about, but there's a lot of uh-huhing going on: "Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, I'm sorry, uh-huh, uh-huh. Pleeeeeeease, can I ... uh-huh, uh-huh. Oh, all right, I'll be right there, sweetie."

So who's the one dragging around the ball and chain?

Wives are much more secure than that. If a married man calls his wife to check in or to tell her he's going to be late, the conversation will usually go something like this, "Hi, hon. I'm gonna stop by ________ (fill in whatever store). See you in a bit. Love ya. Bye."

We don't have to beg or plead or apologize for the extra time it's going to take. The call is merely a heads-up, a courtesy call, just to let her know that we'll be a little late.

When the guy with a girlfriend calls to say he's going to be late for their dinner date, he barely gets the words out before his date's voice starts blasting through the phone line, in a pitch of whine never before heard on this earth. Never mind the fact that she has just spent the previous hour text messaging him; never mind that this is her third phone call in the same amount of time; never mind that the Goodyear blimp flying overhead is scrolling the words "You're late!" The guy will still insist that because he's single, he has his freedom. He'll even say something ridiculous after he hangs up, like, "You know, I'd get married, but I just enjoy my independence too much. Hey, look, is that the Goodyear blimp? Slow down so I can read what it says ... Well, lookie there. She loves me!"

It's pathetic.

We husbands and wives have a mutual understanding that we'll tell each other what we're going to be doing so that the other person can go ahead and make plans. It's not a ball and chain; it's called communication. That way no one's waiting at home with dinner on the table getting cold or having to wonder who, if anybody, picked up the kids. A married couple operates as a team, and when the team is running smoothly, it's a beautiful thing.

Exhibit Two: Most of us married men can do anything we want to ... as long as we take the kids. We can golf, go bowling, sky-dive, go to the sporting goods store-the only catch is, we've got to load up the kids and take them with us. Most wives don't care where you go, as long as you're hauling around the offspring.

Our single friends think this is a ploy by our wives to make sure we get home on time. But it's not. They just enjoy knowing that the kids are spending time with their dad. And since we enjoy the company of our children, it works out for everyone.

Exhibit Three: When we take our really fine wives out for the evening we can continue the date when we get back home without worrying about going against God. That's real freedom. Despite what many-even in the church-overlook today, it is still against the teachings of the Bible to live together before marriage.

But after a date night with your wife, you can go home and sleep together and not feel one bit of guilt. When we get that "special" look from our wives over a fried shrimp platter at Denny's, we don't have to wrestle over what happens later that evening. If she has loving on her mind, all we have to do is say, "Oh, really? Well, all right!"

* * *

When I (Bubba) get that "special" look from Betty, it usually means something different. Betty's "come hither" look just means we're having spaghetti. "You've got that twinkle in your eye again, babe. And I know what that means. Italian!"

To be fair, Betty says my own sexy look leaves a lot to be desired too. She says it makes me look like my tummy hurts. I'll give her what I think is a romantic look from across the table, and she'll just say, "Honey, you okay? You got gas again? We've talked about what Mexican food does to you."

I guess I still need to work on "my look."

So there you have it-proof positive that guys with girlfriends, or gals with boyfriends, actually have less freedom than those of us who are happily married. Stay single if you want, but don't do it because of the freedom you think you'll be losing if you say, "I do." The wedding vows aren't a ball and chain; they're a promise to mutually love, respect, and honor each other. If that sounds good to you, if it sounds better than what you've experienced so far in your single life, then jump on in; the water's fine.

Rules of Engagement for Women

1. Your husband-to-be is currently acting like he is fourteen years old. This is not going to change. You might want to lower your expectations to a goal of his maturing to age twenty-one after you have been married for, say, twenty more years.

2. If your husband-to-be loves to watch sports, and he also seems to hunt and fish a lot while you're dating, assume that he will still have those desires when he is your husband.

3. Men are not complicated. Feed your man, and be excited about intimacy between a husband and a wife, and he will be very happy and contented all the days of his life.

4. Men do not care at all about how the house will be decorated. Please don't ask them about curtains, bedspreads, china, paint colors, or, and most especially, duvets (whatever those are).

5. Men do care about the electronics in the house. Don't ever freelance in choosing these. Include your fiancé in every purchase, or just let him go get that stuff himself.

6. Never tell your fiancé that you don't want a present for special occasions. He will think you mean it and continue the practice throughout your marriage.

7. If you don't care what dress your sweetheart likes better on you, don't ever put him in the position of picking one out for you. Work this out for yourself.

8. All shoes are the same to a man. Don't even ask.

9. Never buy your husband clothes for a gift-unless the clothes are for you and they have romance as a theme.

10. Men will take alone time with you over any gift, so give it to them generously (unless, of course, it's alone time to discuss long-term-future plans; remember, men live in the now).

Rules of Engagement for Men

1. Women make their rules up as they go.

2. Unlike a man, who never changes quickly enough for a woman, your wife will change into many different women throughout your marriage.

3. Despite what they're telling you, women do care where and what they eat.

4. Despite what they're telling you, women do want a gift.

5. Despite what they're telling you, women really do want you to ask them what they like and how their day went. But before you do, make sure you have plenty of time on hand and a place to sit.

6. Tell her how beautiful she is every single day.

7. Teach her to love wild game, and your sporting life will go much easier.

8. Say good-bye to your single guy friends. They cause nothing but trouble.

9. Do not buy anything that helps with housework for a gift.

10. Add 30 percent to whatever line item is in the budget that involves both her and a checkbook or debit card.

Chapter Four

Kiss and Tell

One of the reasons we married our wives is that they are good kissers. It's not the main reason, but it certainly is near the top of the list.

Kissing is important in a marriage. It's a romantic expression of love, and depending on the flavor of lipstick, it tastes good. I (Rick) don't think I could have married a bad kisser. I really don't. If everything else were perfect-great personality, good looks, a compatible belief system, and a great sense of humor-if she had all those qualities but was a bad kisser, I think we would have had problems.

Luckily, I didn't have to struggle over that issue with Sherri. She's a great kisser. I still remember our first kiss. It was an accidental one. Well, sort of. I couldn't hear what she was saying, so she leaned down to get closer, and she got right up on my cheek. So I did the only thing I could do-the classic turnover move. This is where you sort of turn your cheek so that your lips can't help but meet. The next thing I knew, it was contact, and then ... wow! I don't mean to brag on my wife as an amazing kisser ... okay, I do mean to brag. Sherri is an amazing kisser!

Now that I've had a paragraph to think about it, if Sherri hadn't been a good kisser, I still would have kept on dating her. She was the most beautiful girl I had ever met and was off the chart in every other way, too. So if she had been a bad kisser, I probably would have told her we needed to put in some extra time working on our technique-practice kissing sessions to perfect our skills. I don't think she would have minded.

After all, kissing is an art. There's a lot more to it than you think. First, the docking has to be just right. You can't simply go at each other's lips willy-nilly. The tilt and the lockup have to be right-on. They have to match up as perfectly as possible because the lips need to have a good seal. If you miss a few centimeters on the docking, or if you're off on your tilt in the slightest way, you'll forfeit the lockup and lose the seal. It's all scientific.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

First Impressions 1

Catching Your Mate 3

Ball and Chain? 7

Kiss and Tell 13

Rick and Bubba Unravel the Mystery of the "Marriage Vows" 15

Love and Debit Cards 21

To Love, Honor, and ... Duck! 27

Lost! 31

Annoying Habits 37

Why Is Our Stuff the First to Go? 41

Three Sides to Every Story 45

Why Couples Fight 51

Lost Keys 59

Betty's Payback 63

Blind Spots 69

"You Gonna Eat That?" 71

Teamwork 75

Last-Minute Shopping 83

Showers of Popcorn 87

Lookin' Good 91

Bubba Unplugged 95

His Money-Her Money-One Big Headache 101

"We're" Pregnant? 105

Grading on the DNA Scale 109

United We Stand, Divided We Blame Dad 113

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Puddin' Heads 115

We're Not the Enemy 121

Mixed Marriages 125

School Programs 131

Is There a Helpmate in the House? 137

Hospital Visits 149

Leverage 155

Living Like the Amish 159

Dressing for the Occasion 163

The Rendezvous 167

The Rematch 173

Rick and Bubba's Ideal Date Nights 179

R-E-S-P-E-C-T 183

The Bible Study Visitor 189

Enemies of the Mate 193

Things We Have Survived 199

The Unthinkable 205

After Fifty Years of Marriage ... 211

Bonus: Rick and Bubba's The Book of Blame 213

The Book of Blame 217

Acknowledgments 229

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    Almost Perfect Marriage?

    Admit it--who doesn't want a perfect marriage? I know there is no such thing as perfection this side of heaven, but I still believe that everyone would love to have a marriage that is as close as it can be to perfect. Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage is a hilarious, quick-read for any couple. 

    Rick and Bubba are two good old boys from the South who share stories from their own married lives in the hopes that they will help others who are soon to be married. The book is not so much a guide to the perfect marriage, but more a description of how-to or how-not-to handle various situations that may or may not arise in a marriage. The authors use their light-hearted approach to the sometimes difficult topic of marriage to make some profound points. Their tip lists left me smiling and sometimes literally laughing out loud. Their stories left me laughing and yet reminded me of many things that even I can improve on in my marriage.

    If you are searching for just the right gift for the newly engaged couple or the couple celebrating their Golden 50th anniversary, you need search no longer. The Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage is a great combination of laughter and truth, mixed with some sound Biblical advice.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Fun Book!

    I picked this book out as I thought it would be a fun book and I needed some laughs. I got them!! While I've never heard Rick or Bubba on the radio as I don't live in that area, they have warmed my heart. There's one chapter in this book that had me laughing so hard I actually woke up my husband who was sleeping soundly beside me.

    Now, having said that, I'm a therapist and would be remiss not to mention that this is NOT a book for marriage counseling. It is not that in-depth, but I don't think it was intended for that purpose. Don't get me wrong, it has some good advice and may help some couples, but hard-core marital issues will probably not be resolved by reading this book.

    Rick and Bubba seem to have a lot of fun writing the book. Since it is written by 2 guys with a few inserts from their wives, it is predominately focused on the guy's perspective. Most of it is light-hearted and fun, but one chapter in particular deals with the death of Rick's youngest son when he was 2 1/2 yrs old. Heartbreaking. Yet it shows how they struggled together as a couple to come through that seemingly unbearable experience and their marriage is stronger than ever.

    Full disclosure: I got this book complimentary from the Book Sneeze program through Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review or in any other way compensated.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    Quick, fun read

    I received this book for free as part of the Thomas Nelson book blogger review program. I'm reviewing "Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage." In case you didn't read the sarcasm in the title, I will begin by saying that this book is by no means a serious manual on improving your marriage. On the contrary, it is a lighthearted read with lots of fun "Top Ten" lists and colorful illustrations on some of the less serious marital issues.

    Would I buy this book or recommend it to a friend? Probably not. I did enjoy reading it and even laughed out loud at points, but it's not a book I feel compelled to have others read. If you do decide to purchase this book, rest assured you'll have a few good laughs with the occasional scripture thrown in for good measure, but beyond that don't be expecting this book to work a miracle in your marriage.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    Leave it to the experts

    I have to be honest here...this book was very difficult to keep in front of my face and my attention.

    This book I have found within the first hour to be a book based on the market of comedic effect. Though the book has touched on topics relevent and meaningful to marriage, it's approach to each topic left them "unmoving" and "dry."

    Although I understand that these reviews are merely opinion, I also understand that honesty is what reveals the reality of anything. It would be easy for me to write some fluff to promote this book, but I would be doing an injust act to those young couples who are about to engage in a lifelong journey of marriage to request this book for growth and understanding. This book seems more for the married demographic than it would be for those who are engaged. This book, although entertaining at times, would only offer a light-sided perspective to marriage instead of real and honest answers to real and honest problems with cultural marriages of today.

    With the decline of the sanctity and covenant-established marriages of today, this book does not add to the aid of these adversities. With the embrace of marriage books, such as this, we are merely trying to place a blinder over the growing wound. Marriages need real answers to real problems...because this is a real problem. This book needs to be promoted as such "for entertainment purposes only."

    I recommend this book for those marriages who may need to see a lighter side of things and to have a laugh as the couple may relate to some of the topics, but for those who are about to marry, stick with the experts!

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  • Posted September 25, 2009

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    Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

    The two sexiest fat men alive, or so they call themselves. These guys are freakin' hysterical!! I used to listen to their radio show every single morning when I lived in Nashville, TN. When I moved away from there, I lost that ability as their show is not picked up by anyone in central Arkansas.

    When I got the chance to review their new book, I was thrilled! Most of my friends and local readers aren't going to be familiar with them, that's another reason I wanted to help get the word out!

    This book is an explosion of comedy. These guys know a thing or two about marriage, because they have learned from their own blunders! They get pretty transparent and share with you some of the stupid "man" things they have done, and how they worked together with their incredible wives to resolve the issues.

    This book is practical. If you can't relate to two poster children of good ole boyism, then you can't relate to anyone!

    And most noteworthy, this book is Biblical. Rick and Bubba are not ashamed of their faith, and take no measures to hide it from the reality of marriage. In fact, they will quickly tell you what the Word of God has to say about it.

    I encourage you to read this book, to help your marriage, to help yourself, and to make you laugh!

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    What a great book

    Let me preface by saying that I laughed my way through this book. I am from redneck country. I have heard all the jokes and know the customs. So this book was very familiar right from the start. I was so surprised to be nodding a long for most of the book though. These guys have terrific insights into relationships. I kinda wanted to hang my head in shame at some points though as the things that they were talking about that women do wrong in relationships, I have been guilty of. I really loved how the chapters were broken up with lists and humorous skits or interactions between men and women. I really felt that by the time that I finished this book I really knew Rick and Bubba and their lovely wives. While this is not my normal read, it was a page turner. I was so humored by their antics that I couldn't wait to get to the end. The only down side was the CD that was included with the book. I was so blown away by the book that as soon as I finished and had my husband read certain parts, that I immediately put the CD in and was so disappointed to find out that it was exactly what was in the book. I would have liked for it to have been more of the same but different situations. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone really. Whether you are young or old, married or single, or just dating I think that it would benefit you!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Rick and Bubba show how important a sense of humor is to marriage.

    This book turned out to be very entertaining. The authors take a silly tone with their advice, but they do have some good tips, such as "Men, despite what they tell you, women really do want a gift." That's not very serious advice, but I can tell you it's true! When people are talking about how to have a good marriage, that's not going to come up, but it's good to keep in mind that making each other happy in the little ways accounts for a big part of having a "good marriage."

    I think their little examples are helpful: have date nights, cut each other some slack on the little things, etc. But one big message that I really appreciate from this book is that marriage isn't perfect. Sometimes it's not working very well, but you owe it to yourself, your spouse, and God to seek counseling before you just give up. Divorce has become the easy answer, but God never intended marriage to be a trade up. Have a sense of humor and realize that no one is perfect. A fun read that isn't too serious to enjoy, but you can learn a little from it!

    I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    Laugh While You Read

    This book is funny! I love writers who have the talent to make me laugh aloud while I'm reading, and therefore, I love Rick Burgess, Bubba Bussey, and Martha Bolton. I laughed throughout this book. Many times, I stopped reading to drag my husband's attention from the game he was watching on TV so that he could listen while I read him a particularly funny section. He never minded my interrupting his game, which proves that the man appreciates good literature.

    Along with the humor, comes sound advice on marriage based on principles from the Bible.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Caution: You'll learn while you chuckle...

    Recently, I finished reading a book that would normally not have been "up my alley". The book, Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage, caught my attention in the bookstore I think because of the contrast between the cartoon angels on the frilly cover and the title which sported the words "Rick & Bubba"! It turns out that Rick and Bubba are New York Times Best-Selling authors of at least five other books including Rick & Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country & Family, Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Huntin', and Rick & Bubba for President: The Two Sexiest Fat Men Alive Take on Washington. Who knew?

    This amusing book contains very, very short chapters that will make you grin, as you find yourself identifying with these two MOWs (Men of Weight) about the all important subject of marriage. Working my way through each chapter I was drawn into the "world" of these two morning radio personalities as they delivered their entertaining ancedotes and punch lines. I soon discovered that each time Rick & Bubba caused me to grin, they followed with a more serious, and important, biblically-anchored precept concerning various joys and struggles faced by married couples. What an effective way to get one's point across, soften with humor, then sneak in the lesson.

    Every bit as entertaining as the stories Rick and Bubba relate are their lists! The book is worth the read if only for the nearly two dozen lists which include: "Rules of Engagement for Women/Men", "Rick & Bubba's Top Ten Love Songs", and "Top Ten Baby Names When the Mom Chooses/When the Dad Chooses".

    If you need a book to handle the deeper, more troubling issues of marriage, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a fun book that will cause you to take a fresh look at marriage, your own in particular, I highly recommend Rick & Bubba's take on the matter!

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

    Marriage has long been fertile ground for comedic material. In Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage, Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey dig up plenty to laugh about. The book is sprinkled with stories, lists and even practical marriage advice. Features such as The Book of Blame, The Ten Commandments of Marriage and The Anniversary Gift Chart are certain to get laughs from anyone familiar with marital challenges. Each chapter covers a different marriage related topic and reminds the reader that marriage requires flexibility and understanding by both partners. The book ends with a sobering testimony of the challenge Rick and his wife Sherry recently faced with the death of their youngest child. In contrast to the earlier humor it still reinforces the book's message that marriage is about two people supporting each other.

    The book reads like a series of Rick and Bubba radio show segments, leaving it feeling less like a book and more like two funny guys having a conversation. For anyone not familiar with their nationally syndicated radio show, I would recommend first listening to the audio CD that is included with the book. Hearing the way the interact on the show will make reading the book more enjoyable. While not a regular listener of the show, I enjoyed the book overall.

    I have a tendency to not finish humor books when things get busy. I find it hard to justify the time spent on trivial jokes. I am glad I finished this book. The last several chapters are among the best in the book, turning a humorous read into meaningful reflection of what marriage is all about.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    Sort of Funny Look at Marriage

    I did enjoy reading Rick & Bubba's Guide to a Nearly Perfect Marriage. This book is a satirical look at marriage through the eyes of these two men. I found parts of the book funny and parts of the book to make complete sense. They basically wrote this book as they saw it. I really liked the chapter at the end called the Book of Blame. Too many of the items they put in there were so true!!!!

    While I did enjoy reading this book, it is more of a one sitting book. Due to time constraints, I ended up reading this book over the span of two weeks. When I first sat down with the book, I thought it was HILARIOUS. But since I had to keep putting it down and then starting over from where I left off, I felt I lost some of the hilarity that was supposed to be this book. I think had I been able to sit down in one or two sittings and read the book from cover to cover, I would have enjoyed it more. I also think if you listen to their radio show (which I do not) maybe you would have found this book more funny than I did.

    Overall, this is a funny, witty book. Will you come away with learning anything about your marriage?? Probably not. This book is strictly for entertainment purposes (in my opinion).

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    Pure entertainment!

    Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage by Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey is probably one of the funniest books I have read in recent memory! "The two sexiest fat men in America" have found an entertaining way to share marital advice, based on over 33 years of experience between them.

    While the book is told from the man's point-of-view, and inevitably makes fun of the way that women act in various situations, Rick & Bubba allow plenty of page space to poke fun at themselves, as well. They recognize that men and women interpret everything differently, and the lack of communication and understanding can either become humorous or disastrous.

    Filled with examples from their own families, Rick and Bubba's Guide is a beneficial read to both single and married people, alike. Learn how to have a sense of humor when dealing with the tricks life throws at you. Remember that no one is perfect and embrace each other for who you really are. Love yourself. Love each other. Be patient. Forgive. Be graceful. Be faithful to each other and to God. And stay determined. Together you will grow stronger and make it through this thing called life.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Rick and Bubba bring out the humor in marriage

    Those looking for deep, profound martial advice need not turn to Rick and Bubba's philosophies! But for a humorous (and fairly true) view on what "normal" marriages look like, Rick and Bubba have you covered. The book is definitely written from a guy's guy point of view, with numerous and dubious references to the fact that a good woman appreciates dead, mounted animals, sports plays, and knows how to fry up those tasty critters. Clearly, women readers might get fed up with these absurd comments and throw the book down before they get through the first few chapters. However, I do commend Rick and Bubba for setting straight the Biblical implications of marriage and what it entails, for instance, the fact that living together before marriage is not right in the eyes of God. They also make it very clear that we need to love our spouse because we promised God we would. Love is an action and not a feeling. As crazy as some of their rules may seem (going back to all the hunting and fishing), for the most part, though, they are true. Rick and Bubba get the point across that men are simple creatures to please, while women, on the other hand, are not, and men can have a hard time keeping up with them. Rick and Bubba convey to their male readers that respect for their wives will get them a long way in marriage, and to the women readers, they convey that men are just overgrown boys stuck in their bad habits with no plans on changing. To sum it all up, a "surefire way to know she's the one" is that "she knows everything there is to know about you and still wants to be in the same room."

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Rick & Bubba Give Good Advice on Marriage!

    Wondering what to give that special couple for a wedding gift? Or anniversary gift? Traditionally, the appropriate gift for the first wedding anniversary is paper. What better use of paper than Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage?

    This book, co-written by Martha Bolton (former comedy writer for Bob Hope), isn't your typical, dry lecture on how to have a happy marriage. I always thought a study in Proverbs 31 and/or Ephesians 5 was good enough. But Rick & Bubba's Guide incorporate these two Biblical references into life applications with amusing stories of their own experiences.

    I highly recommend this guide, although their wives Sherry and Betty should be held accountable for allowing the secretive Book of Blame to fall under Rick & Bubba's curious eyes. :-) (See the Bonus Chapter.)

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Helpful and Hilarious

    Think Christians aren't funny? Think again!!
    The "Two Sexiest Fat Men Alive" are a talk-show duo from Alabama. I never heard of them before I received this book, but now I'm hooked. I laughed out loud over and over while reading this book. Rick and Bubby offer insight into their own marriages, and how they overcome hardships through humor and a strong sense of faith. I like the fact that the book shows both the wife and the husbands sides and that it takes them both to cause a ripple in a marriage and also to smooth that ripple out.

    I found myself relating to what they were saying over and over. "I/WE've done that before also" was a frequent thought I had while reading this book. Rick and Bubba are not straight laced, they might even have a little redneck in them.
    I'd recommend this to anyone familiar with Rick & Bubba, and to anyone who isn't, you don't know what you're missing. Check them out, they are very funny and may just save your marriage.

    The book also comes with a CD, which is hilarious also.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    I wouldn't recommend it.

    As a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger team (find out more about it at brb.thomasnelson.com), I requested this book with great anticipation. A free, funny marriage book was what I anticipated. The title alone had me giggling. I have to be honest, though. I couldn't get into this book at all. The authors are Christian radio show hosts. Generally speaking, I love relationship books. Unlike my husband who turns up his nose at the idea of reading a book about improving relationships, I tend to enjoy finding 1 little golden nugget in a heap of garbage & can find a way to apply it. This book, in my opinion, really didn't have any golden nuggets. I think the IDEA of the book was cute, but it was dry & boring to me.

    I wish I could say it was a great book, but it really wasn't. I hope whoever buys it from Goodwill after I donate it will enjoy it.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

    I enjoyed reading Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage. The book outlined topics that are relevant in every relationship. There were topics ranging from serious matters such as parenting and respect, to less serious matters, such as household chores. The book had a humorous twist to each topic at hand.

    However, I think it was my husband that enjoyed it more! For some of the stories I felt like it was one-sided, but that is to be expected since it was written by men; just as a book written by women on the subject of marriage would probably be slanted more to a woman's view. I think the book would be great read with your spouse. My husband and I read a couple of the topics each night and looked forward to it. The topics were not too deep, but deep enough; in other words they provided for thought provoking discussion after each topic. Some topics just left us thinking to ourselves. We both enjoyed how Rick and Bubba included personal stories on the topics at hand.

    Overall this was a great read, it gave my husband and I something to look forward to every night. We were always curious what Rick and Bubba's next story would be! I would definitely recommend this book to others and actually already have!

    I am a member of the Thomas Nelson Book Review blogger program. http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Kick Back and Read...

    Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage was not my usual reading choice. I don't listen to the radio very often, so I didn't know these two men very well. This book was a perfect opportunity to meet their true colors. I have to say that this book was better than I first imagined it to be!

    Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey have a comical, and sarcastic sense of humor. But on the same note, as the reader, I feel like these are two down-to-earth men that have a true grasp on not only on marriage, but also on life. They make light of the ups and downs of marriage. All of the stories included are written by Rick and Bubba themselves, who seem to have been through plenty enough experience in their marriages to know what can be made into an honest and lively joke. I was drawn in by it, and it kept the book fun and uniquely interesting.

    These stories are short, which leaves no room for boredom. I can't recall one bland, drawn out point in the whole book. Within the pages of stories, jokes, and sarcastic remarks, a life lesson is always mentioned. Learning to have companionship and compassion, while also dealing with finances or disagreements. Everything in the book, of course, is backed up with comedy such as "The Ten Worst Ways to Say I'm Sorry".

    Godly wisdom and guidelines to live by are spread throughout the book. It is not in an overwhelming manner that makes you feel like you are reading a religious devotional, dictation guide, or a book on counseling. I feel this book has such terrific balance that almost anyone of any race, religion, or culture could feel comfortable reading it.

    A bonus CD titled 'The Best of the Book of Blame' is included with the book. This is truely a great bonus! The CD repeats some of the sections of the book, and gives you a great big sample of what you could expect when listening to Rick and Bubba's entertaining and hysterical radio show.

    If you are looking for some great laughs, along with an uplifting book about marriage, relationships, companionship and more, with comedy and true life meaning involved, then this is a book you would like to kick back and read.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Marriage From a Man's Point of View!

    A light-hearted look into marriage for married or engaged couples from a man's point of view. Rick and Bubba share many engaging, often-times hilarious stories about marriage that any married couple can relate to. The book includes not only the best of the "Book of Blame" but also a sampling of stories on marriage from their morning show on CD that left me wanting to hear more of their wit and humor.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book for what it is; a compilation of stories most couples experience throughout marriage. Many of these stories were relative to what the majority of couples go through; from Sherri blaming Rick for not giving good directions to Bubba not being receptive to Betty's need for a new desk. But nothing could have prepared me for Rick and Sherri's tragic event shared toward the end of the book. After reading this book, I've come away more aware of positive changes I can begin making in my own marriage. (Memeber of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program @ brb.thomasnelson.com)

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Yes you can laugh

    I am not a follower of Rick and Bubba- but loved the opportunity to read this book.
    The humor, insight, sarcasm is what we miss sometimes in other books. This one definetly reminds us that those things are so important for being real in our marriages.
    It's realistic - recommended reading for any married couple.

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