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

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

by Rick Burgess, Bill Bussey
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Rick And Bubba's Guide To The Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Chickfilady More than 1 year ago
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.
Lilly_Parker More than 1 year ago
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.
Pastor_Dan More than 1 year ago
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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TruthDisciple More than 1 year ago
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!
AaronBReddin More than 1 year ago
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!
mellisarock More than 1 year ago
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!
JenReview More than 1 year ago
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/.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
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.
The_Wright_Reader More than 1 year ago
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!
Chuck_A More than 1 year ago
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.
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
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.
Pinguinlvr More than 1 year ago
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).
ASBras More than 1 year ago
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."
Janet-R More than 1 year ago
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.)
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
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.
LizRee More than 1 year ago
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.
Rache1 More than 1 year ago
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/
sixhotpeppers More than 1 year ago
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.
TammieGo More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandra43 More than 1 year ago
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)
tangledeutopia More than 1 year ago
"New York Times Best-Selling Authors Rick and Bubba have taken their comical down-to-earth views on marriage, and put them into words even Rednecks can understand. Sometimes the wrong communication gets in the way of the best marriages. Rick and Bubba help unravel some of the easiest tools to make anyone have an Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage." A Review by, TangledEutopia Books are my passion, so I was super excited to read what I anticipated would be a hilarious read. In my best estimate, by the time I got to page 20, these guys had made some reference to hunting about 10 times. I knew this was a book I would be passing on to my husband. So many of the words these guys wrote could have come straight out of our house. I loved that they decided to break up the pages with "quick reference lists." The lists made the book that much easier to read, but more importantly it gave easier access for the thousand times I ran back into the family room to quote something to my husband. The Best Review I Can Give This Book: Sadly, my yellow hi-lighter had to be retired. I look forward to forming a new relationship with both the hi-lighter I will have to buy and the next book Rick and Bubba put out. Make sure you check out Thomas Nelson Books!!
BrianM More than 1 year ago
I received Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage through Thomas Nelson's book reviewer blog program. Written by nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey; this is a perfect marriage book. I would recommend anyone read this book. Whether you are planning on getting married, have just gotten married, or have been married for years. Rick and Bubba take what they have learned from their more than 33 years of marriage and share it through their personal experiences. Several times throughout the book I saw my wife and me in the same situation. I just wish I had read that part of the book before it happened to me. I have always enjoyed reading books where real-life examples are shared. It is so much easier to learn from someone else's mistakes. The book is written with a good balance between humor, common sense, and seriousness in a marriage. Rick and Bubba bring out many good points you can take from the book. And they did what they do best; poke fun of themselves as men. But in their poking fun, they speak it in truth. The book is very well written with short chapters. So, it should be an easy read for most of us men.
DianaShores More than 1 year ago
Book Review: "Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage" by Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey Rick and Bubba's "Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage" is written in the fashion implied by the title. They have their own radio show and one can only assume their "wisdom" of the trials and tribulations of marriage come through on their program as well as in this book. It was a fun book to read. I was looking for more substance than I found, but based on the book's title, I think that is to be expected. If you read closely, however, there are some good tips that they share with the reader, interspersed with a lot of comedy. Their Top 10 Tips at the end of various sections lend a lot of humor to their efforts. As I read this book, it occurred to me that their wives apparently have a great sense of humor in order to put up with Rick & Bubba's antics. This book would make a great gift for newlyweds or engaged couples, as well as to those who have been married for a few years. A supplemental CD is also included in the back of the book that sheds even more humor and is an added plus for those who like audio books. "Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage", by Rick Burgess & Bill "Buba" Bussey, Thomas Nelson, Publisher, Nashville, TN USA, as reviewed by Diana Shores
Anonymous More than 1 year ago