Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Marriage isn't for You by Seth Adam Smith


What is the best marriage advice you ever received?

For author Seth Adam Smith, it was the advice from his father, who said, "Marriage isn't for you. It's about the person you marry." These few words completely change the way Seth looked at his relationship with his wife. His thoughts on the subject became an online phenomenon. Paired with beautiful images, they are now available as a book—the perfect gift for newlyweds, those who are celebrating an anniversary, or anyone who wants to learn how to make a relationship stronger.


SETH ADAM SMITH was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Since 2004, he has produced videos and articles for businesses, nonprofit organizations, youth groups, artists, and political causes. He is the editor-in-chief of ForwardWalking.com. He and his wife, Kim, live in Florida.


With so many marriages ending almost before they begin, the advice in this book is invaluable.  And it isn't overly complicated.  Basically, the idea is that marriage isn't about you, it's all about the person you marry.  It isn't about you being happy, it's about making the other person happy.  I seem to remember President Spencer W. Kimball, previous President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints saying once that selfishness was the greatest threat to marriage, "Every divorce is the result of selfishness on the part of one or the other or both parties to a marriage contract."

Smith shares the same idea here in words that are both succinct and profound. And he makes it clear that this is something that he has struggled with as does any married couple. Love after all is said and done and experienced is ultimately about the one you love, not about you. Great advice in a beautiful designed package, perfect for sharing or for simply reminding oneself of what is truly important.

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