Authors Ted and Charity Bradshaw don’t claim to be marriage experts, but they do know what it takes to put marriage first—ahead of children, extended families, jobs, debt, differences of opinion, and everything else that life hands out. In Staying I Do: Committed, Connected & Crazy in Love for a Lifetime, they offer their personal stories and advice on communication, money matters, intimacy, family values, and more. The Bradshaws share their trials and triumphs with honesty and humor, getting to the root of issues many couples face. Their goal is to help engaged couples, tired parents, empty nesters, and everyone in between rekindle the love, fun, and passion they felt on their wedding day. The authors help you work through real-life, nitty-gritty situations that can make you and your spouse feel like roommates. They inspire you to find hope for your marriage and live “crazy in love” once again.
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About the Author
Ted and Charity Bradshaw both grew up in the area of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. As the children of multiple divorces, they decided they wanted something different than what they saw growing up. From the very beginning of their married life in 2002, they crafted healthy boundaries and open lines of communication that have allowed for honesty, love, and respect to flow freely. They have a passion for helping other couples build strong, loving, and fun marriages. Charity is an author, business and writing coach, speaker, and president of LifeWise Books. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Oral Roberts University. A registered nurse, Ted earned his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Middle Tennessee State University. The Bradshaws reside in northwest Houston with their four children.
Table of Contents
1 Be Honest 17
2 Communication 101 37
3 Ask for What You Need 49
4 Conflict Resolution 61
5 Helping Your Spouse Grow Out of Unhealthy Patterns 83
6 Family Values 97
7 Money Matters 115
8 Sexpectations & Intimacy 131
9 Marriage Models 149
10 Commitment 165
11 Chasing Dreams 181
12 Grow and Strengthen Your Love 195
About the Authors 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not married, but one day I hope to be. Reading this book has shifted my paradigm of thinking (in a good way) about marriage and relationships. I found the transparency with which Ted & Charity shared both their high points and their struggles to be refreshing and encouraging. I love their commitment to unrelenting honesty and their openness in communication - even with those things that are normally hard to talk about. The book has a good mix of humor, real-life struggles, and sometimes raw stories, and practical ways to grow in love and trust. As a single person, I will take the things Ted & Charity shared in this book and apply them to my own relationships ... and someday to my marriage as well. I especially appreciate the intentional and proactive approach to building each other up and encouraging each other's growth and success that the authors share. This is a great and enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down!
Staying I Do is an easy to read and entertaining guide for couples at any stage. It could help foster a great beginning for engaged couples and newlyweds. It also offers a boost of hope and inspiration for those further along in their marriage. The authors share stories that most couples can relate to. I enjoyed the honesty and humor they put into their commentaries.
Staying I do is a great read for navigating any part of marriage, and also great for engaged couples. So many people spend so much time preparing the wedding which lasts one day and do very little marriage "prep". In this book Ted and Charity are very real, genuine and authentic about the ups and downs most every marriage will face. They share their real life examples in various areas that all marriages will face at some point. I personally think this should be required reading for anyone planning on getting married. It is much needed reading for those wanting to navigate the "curves" of no matter the number of anniversaries. Treat yourself to a great read. Get your copy today and pick up or order some gift copies too! I think this will be my "go to" shower gift for some time.