A huge thanks to the publisher for sending me the Strengths Based Marriage book to review for free. As always, the review is my own honest opinion. Mileage may vary =)
Strengths Based Marriage teaches you about using Clifton Strengths Finders (CSF) assessment in order to enhance your marriage and learn more about one another and what each other’s strengths (gifts) are.
The first section goes into detail about how the CSF assessment works and what it is, followed by a section of stories from couples that have used the CSF and what they learned. It wasn’t until the last section (section 3) did I feel like I finally have information that was useful.
Overall Impression of Strengths Based Marriage
While I do believe this book could have been very useful for married couples, the one huge issue is that in order to use the book you need to take the CSF assessment which costs $49.99 per person for the full assessment or $19.99 per person for the Top 5 so I was unable to use the book to its full potential.
While we did not fork out the money for the CSF assessment, I did find the last section of the book helpful in parts (it is still based heavily on the CSF assessment).
Bottom line is if you are interested in learning more about the CSF and doing an assessment yourself, this book would be a great tool in helping you to understand the results and applying them to your marriage.
From the Back Cover:
One of the biggest obstacles to a happy, strong marriage is a lack of understanding of yourself and your spouse. With Strengths Based Marriage, MarriageToday cofounder Jimmy Evans and Gallup-trained strengths advocate Allan Kelsey give readers the tools they need to dismantle that hurdle and develop a deeper and richer relationship. Applying the revelatory concepts from the popular Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to marriage (assessment itself not included in purchase price), Evans and Kelsey break new ground in helping readers understand themselves and others. With chapters on “Stopping the Cycles of Pain,” “Speaking Love to Your Spouse’s Heart,” and “Secrets of Successful Marriages,” the book details practical ways to apply these profound insights to your marriage every day. And as a bonus, with your purchase of the book you’ll receive access to more than two hours of exclusive video content revealing how to reach your marriage’s full potential. Utterly practical and deeply insightful Strengths Based Marriage will forever change the way you see yourself, your spouse, and your marriage.