The kind folks at New Leaf Press recently gave me the opportunity to read and review 4 Days to a Forever Marriage by Gary and Norma Smalley. While I read a lot of non-fiction, marriage and relationship books aren’t usually at the top of my list. I was intrigued by the concept of changing a marriage in just four days. so I decided to check it out. I was quite impressed by the quality and depth of the advice that Gary and Norma shared in such a short book. Now that I have read through the book once, I’ll be going through it a second time with my wife and I am confident it will bring some positive changes to our marriage relationship. If this sounds like a resource that would be helpful to you, I recommend you take a few minutes to read my review of 4 Days to a Forever Marriage. Not only did New Leaf Press provide me with a review copy of the book, they also allowed me to write a brief written interview with Gary. My heartfelt thanks to the marketing team at New Leaf Press for both opportunities. The interview follows below.
Gary, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to share a bit about yourself and your book 4 Days to a Forever Marriage with my readers.
Q: Welcome to Bible Geek Gone Wild, Gary. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
A: It’s great to be on your blog. I have been in ministry for 48 years and have been writing and speaking for almost 40 years in the field of marriage & family. Over those years I’ve been fortunate to speak around the world and write 62 books.
Q: New Leaf Press recently published 4 Days to a Forever Marriage, which you coauthored with your wife, Norma. What is your vision for the book?
A: Norma and I really wanted to put together a fun, easy to read marriage book that would be filled with the best relationship advice we know of. What I really loved about how 4 Days to a Forever Marriage turned out is that it has something for every marriage. Whether a newlywed or remarried or an empty-nester, the reader will find this book has content that is easily applicable to whatever life stage the reader is in.
Q: A lot of relationship books offer advice to be completed over the course of 40 days, 21 days, and 7 days. Why did you choose to focus specifically on 4 days?
A: Over the last two years I’ve been doing a lot of research on what it takes to really sustain change in a person’s life. During my research I came upon Dr. Caroline Leaf who is one of the top neuroscientists in the world. She has a book called, Who Switched Off My Brain, and she shares how a person can see major changes in behavior in as little as four days. But the changes come faster with the increase in emotion and commitment. For a couple that may be struggling in their relationship or a spouse who just wants to become a better husband or wife, they will find a significant increase in the marital satisfaction by committing to the four days outlined in the book.
Q: Let me close with a question I like to ask of all published authors. What advice would you give to first time, aspiring authors?
A: I really encourage first time authors to not rush into being published. Rather, take time to invest in your message and building an audience. Writing a book takes a lot of work and time, so I encourage aspiring authors to polish their message by allowing others to give you feedback and begin developing an audience that “wants” your content through blogs, speaking, etc. If you can get those two going it will really help the publishing process go a lot smoother.
Once again, many thanks to Gary for taking the time to participate in this interview. Those interested in purchasing a copy of this book can take advantage of a special price on the e-book edition, which runs through Valentine’s Day. Details are below.
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