It is no secret that marriages bring with it its own set of problems and difficulties. Couples struggle with issues like extended family, finances, and careers. An additional stressor on couples is the responsibility of raising children. In their book, “Great Parents, Lousy Lovers: Discover How to Enjoy Life With Your Spouse While Raising Your Kids”, Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham address the many issues that couples deal with every day while raising children. As parents, there is a tendency when raising kids to put the focus upon them and forget about the marriage relationship. Smalley and Cunningham remind us that it is important to stay connected as a couple, learn to laugh together, come to terms with the role that each person plays in the family unit, and to make our homes couple-centered and not kid-centered. They also show us that each person in the family is on a spiritual journey and that journey must be nurtured individually.
“Great Parents, Lousy Lovers” is an easy and enjoyable read. Smalley and Cunningham mix in humor, experience, and biblical advice that makes this book beneficial. It is a book that you will want to reread as your children grow up and your marriages develops. The most important thing I learned from this book is that our kids deserve parents who are happy and experience joy in their marriage. This sets a positive example for them years down the road. This book is most definitely worth your time.