It Happens Every Spring

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Apr 21, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Meet the characters that live, work, dream, and love in the community of Deepwater Cove. Best-selling authors Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer team up to show how four married couples, all in different stages in life, experience the joys and hardships of marriage as examined in Gary Chapman's The Four Seasons of Marriage. In book one, Steve and Brenda face a common problem among middle-age couples: empty nest syndrome. Steve works too much, and with their two children out of the house, Brenda feels lonely and unfulfilled. In order to save their marriage, the two must learn to reconnect. Readers are also introduced to many charming characters, like Cody, the mentally challenged homeless man that shows up on Steve and Brenda's porch; Pete, who owns the Rods ’N’ Ends tackle shop; and Patsy Pringle, who owns the Just As I Am beauty parlor, where much of the action takes place.
The series is based on the marriage principles found in Gary Chapman's non-fiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage. Similar in tone and light-hearted, quirky humor as Jan Karon's Mitford series, Fannie Flagg's books or Steel Magnolias. Each book has a study guide that talks about the four seasons of marriage and the healing strategies depicted in that volume's story.

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I love the new Marriage counseling books by Gary Chapman and believe this new series is an added bonus! I found that the characters are true to life, dealing with pain and joy all in different ways ... Read full review

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This was an excellent read. I was lucky to receive this book through the Tyndale Rewards program. I picked it because of Gary Chapman since I love his 5 Love Languages book and have found that Catherine Palmer is an excellent author too. This book was hard to put down. It read well & the characters were so relatable. In addition to the great story line you can see Gary Chapman's hints worked into the story line. I could easily see this book being made into a movie. I am starting the next book in this series (Summer Breeze) today 

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Page 2 - Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed

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Relationship counselor, pastor, and author Gary Chapman graduated from Moody Bible Institute, received a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University respectively, completed graduate work in education at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, and earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education and Master's of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chapman has discussed his five love language theory in numerous books and video programs, and he has also written many works of guidance on the topics of marriage, parenting, and in-law relationships. The director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc., Chapman has also been the senior associate pastor at Winston-Salem, North Carolina's Calvary Baptist Church since 1971. He has spoken internationally and domestically on relationships and received the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association for The Five Love Languages. He also made The New York Times Best Seller List with The Five Love Languages of Children in 2015.

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