Uncommon Marriage: What We've Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together

Uncommon Marriage: What We've Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together

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ISBN-13: 9781414383705
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 104,806
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Uncommon Marriage: What We've Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Tony Dungy is a well known football coach who has experienced great success. But perhaps his greatest success is in living well. He and his wife, Lauren have been married for more than 30 years, and together have seen and experienced more than most. They are the parents of nine children, several of whom are adopted, and they truly exemplify their relationship with Jesus in their actions. What I especially liked about this book is that simply by reading their story, you are easily absorbing the very insights they are hoping to communicate. It is "teachy" without being preachy. Written memoir-style, this was definitely their story but they share numerous insights on different obstacles and joys of marriage. There is even a cross-reference section in the back that I found very helpful. I really enjoyed learning about their life and marriage, and had several takeaways that I know would benefit just about anyone.
storms1 More than 1 year ago
"uncommon marriage" is very hard to put down coach tony and lauren dungy offer some of the best advice that I have herd in along time. put christ first in your relationship and you must have good communication these are just 2 of the main points in the book there is also some scripture and a discussion guide in the back of the book which I feel is good also for couples as well as people that are married. this is a very special book and its great for Bible studys and churchs and would make a great gift for someone special. it is also in audio and there is also a paperback workbook. also recamended all tony dungy books and it takes a family by rick santorum and all billy graham books and josh mcdowell books espically evidence for the resurection
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
I really got so much out of this book! The theme seemed to be on the importance the small, but seemingly insignificant moments and decisions we make--that these decisions are actually the ones that define you, and define your marriage. The Dungys' story interested me and really caught my interest from the first chapter. The way they used the story of their meeting, their courtship, and their marriage to teach was great! They wove that together well so that it didn't sound too "preachy" but had just the right mix of encouragement, inspiration, and challenge. I think everyone should read this book and I'm fairly certain something in their story will connect with something in yours. It would also be a really great book (along with the study guide) to use for a marriage bible study class. Definitely recommend!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I was quite amused how Tony and Lauren Dungy met. They tell of their wedding, becoming foster and adoptive parents, their own families, moves, homes, death of their son, winning the super bowl, and retirement. They do have a strong bond. Such great faith in those two. They are an admirable couple and a good model for other couples. 4 1/2 stars
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Great book! I enjoyed reading this book even though I’m not a real sports fan. It alternated between Lauren’s story and Tony’s story. They detail the high’s and the lows of their marriage as well as things that helped them bond closer together – like taking walks together and having dates and talking on the phone when they had to be apart. Not only does the reader learn about the football coach’s world and the long hours, but also about how their family changed through births, adoptions and death. Tony Dungy came to national prominence when his Indiana Colts won the 2007 Super Bowl – this book tells about the man and his family and their desire to live godly lives – before, during and after the Super Bowl. I recommend this book!
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
wonderful inspirational book about an African American couple with nine children (some adopted) and three dogs who live in the spotlight of NFL football since Tony is a great coach. He became the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. Lauren stressed relationships and encouraged the children to spend time with their grandparents. She herself also spent time encouraging the wives of the other coaches for the team by inviting them to her house for coffee. As a Mom she also established time for homework, praying together and bedtime routines. She made a point of finding things they all could enjoy. Church was also an important part of their lives as well. It wasn’t easy when Tony changed the teams he was coaching which meant they had to move, find another house, enter another school, and make all new friends. One son committed suicide which was so painful for them. But whenever there was a decision to make or a problem to face, they prayed to God and felt His presence holding them up and leading them forward.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
I really got so much out of this book! The theme seemed to be on the importance the small, but seemingly insignificant moments and decisions we make--that these decisions are actually the ones that define you, and define your marriage. The Dungys' story interested me and really caught my interest from the first chapter. The way they used the story of their meeting, their courtship, and their marriage to teach was great! They wove that together well so that it didn't sound too "preachy" but had just the right mix of encouragement, inspiration, and challenge. I think everyone should read this book and I'm fairly certain something in their story will connect with something in yours. It would also be a really great book (along with the study guide) to use for a marriage bible study class. Definitely recommend!
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J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I like to read books about lifelong successful marriages because I'm always interested in getting tips on how to grow closer through the years. This was a nice book and interesting story about the Dungy marriage. However, it wasn't quite what I expected. I really felt like any couple could have written the book. It didn't seem that uncommon to me. The book description is accurate in describing that the Dungy experienced relationship-testing setbacks such as job loss. However, again I felt that other couples could have written it and perhaps even better. Some couples in America have had to cope with job losses that lasted for much longer times. This is just one small example from the book that I found lacking. I just wanted more from this book. As I reflect on my disappointment in this book, I realize that the title mislead me and heightened my expectations. I just didn't view it as illustrating an uncommon marriage. It demonstrated a loving, committed, and successful marriage, but not necessarily uncommon. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it had been titled The Story of Our Marriage. It seemed to me that is what the book was about. Next on my reading list is the companion study book. I'm hoping that the companion book offers more information on improving and deepening "common marriages". Despite the overall negative tone of my review, I do think there are a lot of readers out there that would really enjoy this book. If you are a fan of football, or are already fans of the Dungys, then you would probably enjoy this book more than I did. If you are looking for a book that inspires you to improve your marriage, I think that others out there that are more effective.
Danny_G More than 1 year ago
The Dungys have done something that many married couples do not do: they opened up their lives to their readers. From successes and struggles, to disagreements and understandings, the Dungys book will give insight into the journey of their marriage. It started with Tony, as a football player, being introduced to Lauren, who felt football players were ego-driven athletes, and from there realizing that there is more to people than our perceptions. They found the differences in each other became a balancing of sorts in areas where each was not gifted. Those differences would be needed as several moves, possible job opportunities not coming through, and adoption of children (one with special needs) would push, strain, and test the their relationship and marriage. However, through it all, the Dungys held firm to this foundational truth: God is in control of our lives. When all seemed to unravel they would pray. When things did not make sense: prayer. When guidance was needed the asked God for direction. Their story is one of triumph, not because they had continuous victory but because they sought God and kept going through His strength. This book will be a great encouragement to those married couples in whatever area of life they may be. I highly recommend this book
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected. I was expecting more of a principles and applications book with maybe a few stories thrown in for examples. Instead, it was the journey of Tony and Lauren from the day they met until the present. I really enjoyed reading the book. Being an NFL coach put demands on both Tony and Lauren that are different from what most marriages have, but watching how they continued to put God and each other and family first is impressive. Their marriage stood strong and survived the pressure of being public figures. The emphasis they put on taking regular time for each other--for just the two of them is important along with the importance of good communication. I also was impressed with the emphasis on being grateful even when you don't feel like. I needed that encouragement. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
What sold me on this particular book about marriage was the name of the author. I have a lot of respect for Tony Dungy, and he has obviously proven himself to be an excellent coach. So, how is his coaching on marriage? Pretty good! Tony and Lauren share from personal experience, and they hide nothing. Every struggle, every positive and every not so positive moment is chronicled in their book. The reader also gets to learn a lot about Tony's movement within the NFL, and how it affected his family and his marriage. The wisdom in "Uncommon Marriage" is sound, Biblical advice, and it's advice that has been lived out in several decades of marriage. Tony and Lauren Dungy are the real deal, and this is a great book to strengthen any marriage. My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. I recommend you pick up a copy of "Uncommon Marriage", and check out other books by Tony Dungy while you're at it!
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
This book shouldn't illustrate an uncommon marriage This book is not a book on marital advice (what I expected), instead its basically a joint autobiography of Tony and Lauren Dungy starting from when they met up to present times. It's more of a lead-by-example book on marriage than a book of "this is what makes marriage work". It was interesting enough, and they definitely do include some good reminders and tips about being a team. After reading this book I'm really sad that what they described is considered "uncommon" today, but it is...but it shouldn't be. It shouldn't be uncommon to be married strong for 30 years. My prayer is that this book helps make "uncommon marriage" a little more common.
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
If you had asked me a few days ago who Tony and Lauren Dungy were I would have said I had no idea. When I picked up the book Uncommon Marriage from the library I thought to myself, "Self, it appears I should know who these people are but I haven't a clue." Then I read the back cover and realized Tony was the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl and quickly realized why I had never heard of him. I don't do sports. LOL I was thinking the book would be marriage advice and such but in actuallity it is the story of their married life with tons of football in it, which made it oh so boring for me. There were bits I enjoyed, like when Lauren was talking about issues with the kids but much was about how he coached and when they had to switch teams, ect. which didn't interest me in the least. I can tell these are very kind people though who have a passion for family and others and if you or your spouse are into football you would LOVE this book. So despite the fact that I was bored I know a lot of others wouldn't be so I still recommend it.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This is truly an inspiring read. Tony Dungy is a fabulous role model for young and old alike, and his marriage is built on a solid foundation. I enjoyed the lessons shared in this book, and the conversational tone is easy to ingest. Marriage is more than a union; it’s a total commitment. It takes proactive choices and individual purposes. I enjoyed reading this and found it stimulating and motivating. From the book: Uncommon Marriage is a celebration of love and family, a collection of unforgettable stories from a beloved and respected couple, and a playbook for strengthening and improving your own relationship. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Tyndale Momentum Pages: 255 Pace: Steady First Lines: I couldn't figure out why my pastor, John Guest, kept trying to track me down. My mom told me that he had called three times in the past week.