Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love, and Last by Kevin A. Thompson is a marriage book that talks about facing life and marriage happily. The book discusses humility, embracing hurt, avoiding apathy and aggression, seeing marriage as bigger than yourself, refusing power struggles, living in truth, making peace, and enduring whatever will come.

Thompson shares practical advice. He is a pastor who officiates many weddings and counsels couples, so it is interesting to see his perspective on love and marriage. When reading books about marriage, it is easy to either like or dislike the book, and Happily is one that I definitely like! The book has a lot of specific ideas for enhancing communication in marriage. I like how Thompson discusses that we do not feel mercy, but rather “do mercy.”


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