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Karen Shedd, away at college, had recently become engaged. Looking forward to a long and happy union, she wrote to her father for advice.


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Karen Shedd, away at college, had recently become engaged. Looking forward to a long and happy union, she wrote to her father for advice.

30 review for Letters to Karen: On Keeping Love in Marriage (Abingdon Classics Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah McGrath

    I rate this book 2.5 stars! Not what I was expecting. Although some good points in the letters, there were also some I disagree with. For example I felt that this book was too traditional where the woman in the marriage is the housewife and the man is the breadwinner. Even though I love keeping things traditional, in this day and time roles have change. I also found the style of writing and humour used as weird, and didn't feel I connect with the author. This is definitely one of those books wher I rate this book 2.5 stars! Not what I was expecting. Although some good points in the letters, there were also some I disagree with. For example I felt that this book was too traditional where the woman in the marriage is the housewife and the man is the breadwinner. Even though I love keeping things traditional, in this day and time roles have change. I also found the style of writing and humour used as weird, and didn't feel I connect with the author. This is definitely one of those books where you take what you want and leave the rest. Unfortunately there will be more I leave behind than take with me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alanna

    This is a classic! These short letters that a father wrote to his daughter before her marriage are full of practical advice, humor, and tried and true wisdom. I'm already planning on reading through it again after my wedding!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Gowing

    I read this book to my daughter. We both loved Charlie’s love for his daughter that was so obvious in every letter he wrote. Although it was a little too centered on man and his psychology from man’s perspective, the insight he gave his daughter into having a godly, joyful life with her future husband was priceless. We skipped over a few parts that I felt were touching on subjects that wouldn’t be a part of my daughter’s married life, but overall we delighted in reading this book together. We bo I read this book to my daughter. We both loved Charlie’s love for his daughter that was so obvious in every letter he wrote. Although it was a little too centered on man and his psychology from man’s perspective, the insight he gave his daughter into having a godly, joyful life with her future husband was priceless. We skipped over a few parts that I felt were touching on subjects that wouldn’t be a part of my daughter’s married life, but overall we delighted in reading this book together. We both fell in love with Charlie and felt like a loving grandfather was talking to us through his words. What would happen to divorce rates if every father (and mother) would prepare their children for marriage by talking about the realities of married life before their sons and daughters walk down the aisle?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Letters to Karen is letters written from a dad to his daughter before she gets married. Everyone should read this book before or in the beginning of their marriage. It has some old style ideals but reminds you how marriage should be.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I have read a lot of books on keeping love in marriage, this one being the first. It is still the very best one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Great little book, that I thought I had not read and needed to finish before passing on. In fact I had read it before and now I have discovered some gems in the text, I am keeping the book,

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Prentiss

    Read this as an undergrad at Biola. Super sweet little book, though it leans a bit too complementarian for me now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yemima Aprilia

    This is one of the best non-fiction book I've ever read for personal development...very practical and down-to-earth advice especially for ladies who want to be a wise wife and a gift to husband..written by a loving father and also experienced counselor for marriage. Some quotes that maybe seems to be old-fashioned yet good to be remembered all the time: "Marriage...is not so much finding the right person as it is being the right person" "The surest way to be fully loved is to love fully" "Beauty in This is one of the best non-fiction book I've ever read for personal development...very practical and down-to-earth advice especially for ladies who want to be a wise wife and a gift to husband..written by a loving father and also experienced counselor for marriage. Some quotes that maybe seems to be old-fashioned yet good to be remembered all the time: "Marriage...is not so much finding the right person as it is being the right person" "The surest way to be fully loved is to love fully" "Beauty in human relations does not require total knowledge all at once" "To be married to someone in whom you see islands to be discovered, mountains to climb, valleys to explore, and new wonders beckoning off in the distance" "Marriage doesn't suddenly make imperfect people perfect" "Don't hold on so tight that you squeeze one another away" "You can bring out the best in each other if you look for the best and put it in words" "Perhaps we can appreciate our mates at their best because we are allowed to see them also at their worst" "Sharing your hearts through your lips is basic to marriage at its best" "Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss happenings, great minds discuss ideas" "Make the very most of all you got and make the very least of what you can't get yet" "Marriage at its best is a lifework for two people at their best"

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anastasiya

    This book has some very practical advice but alongside some very misleading ideas and explanations of life. Over all this is a very sentimental and typical marriage book. It is very sincere but one could be sincerely wrong. This book does not focus on God being the one that sustains the marriage and that marriage is not to make us happy but holy. "All things are from him and through him and to him" (Romans 11:36) and this includes marriage! This book does not mention the gospel and the main poin This book has some very practical advice but alongside some very misleading ideas and explanations of life. Over all this is a very sentimental and typical marriage book. It is very sincere but one could be sincerely wrong. This book does not focus on God being the one that sustains the marriage and that marriage is not to make us happy but holy. "All things are from him and through him and to him" (Romans 11:36) and this includes marriage! This book does not mention the gospel and the main point of marriage and thus errs in its ‘practical living’ advice. Another very important part of the marriage foundation that is left out of the equation is the sinful nature of both the husband and wife and how sin reveals itself in marriage. When one does not understand the core problem, one then cannot prescribe the right solution. But only give the advice that would get rid of the symptoms and not the core problem itself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kessia Reyne

    I couldn't find the English version of this book on Goodreads, so this will have to do. I thought this book had several gems of wisdom in it from a fatherly and seemingly Christian point of view. Charlie Shedd wrote a series of letters to his daughter in response to her question, "Daddy, how can I keep him loving me forever?" Kind of a sappy question, I guess, but I think it turned out to be a pretty nice book. As I said with his other book, Letters to Phillip, it does read as though it were writ I couldn't find the English version of this book on Goodreads, so this will have to do. I thought this book had several gems of wisdom in it from a fatherly and seemingly Christian point of view. Charlie Shedd wrote a series of letters to his daughter in response to her question, "Daddy, how can I keep him loving me forever?" Kind of a sappy question, I guess, but I think it turned out to be a pretty nice book. As I said with his other book, Letters to Phillip, it does read as though it were written several decades ago, and yes, the author is a bit constricted by the gender roles of his time period, but in this little book Charlie Shedd gives sound marital advice to his daughter. The chapters are short--they're just brief letters, actually--so it's great for the back of the toilet :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is actually the 2nd time I've read this book. The 1st time I read it while still single, now of course I'm on the other side and was able to appreciate the author's wisdom. Although some of the points made in the book are a little out dated, in the end it really is a good book about marriage and how to enrich your relationship with your husband. The copy I read was a gift from my mom, I think she probably read it a couple of times and then passed it onto me. We will see if it will last long This is actually the 2nd time I've read this book. The 1st time I read it while still single, now of course I'm on the other side and was able to appreciate the author's wisdom. Although some of the points made in the book are a little out dated, in the end it really is a good book about marriage and how to enrich your relationship with your husband. The copy I read was a gift from my mom, I think she probably read it a couple of times and then passed it onto me. We will see if it will last long enough for my daughter.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bivisyani Questibrilia

    This book was very personal to me because it was a collection of letters a father wrote to his daughter to advise her on love and marriage. My Dad recommended it and it felt like those were indirectly the words he would have used. Also, I am extra honoured he thought I could grasp something so mature and powerful at this age (though I'm no longer young anymore, I guess), and I also think he believes in the relationship me and my bf have shared for over 3 years. It definitely taught me a lot and This book was very personal to me because it was a collection of letters a father wrote to his daughter to advise her on love and marriage. My Dad recommended it and it felt like those were indirectly the words he would have used. Also, I am extra honoured he thought I could grasp something so mature and powerful at this age (though I'm no longer young anymore, I guess), and I also think he believes in the relationship me and my bf have shared for over 3 years. It definitely taught me a lot and I cannot wait to share the wisdom with my beloved♥

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Celtic Rebel (Richard)

    I read this book along with the companion book, Letters to Philip, years ago as part of a Marriage & Family class in college. Letters to Karen is a collection of letters from a father to his daughter giving practical advice for marriage. The book is very practical and easy to read. Although some of the roles for women have changed through the years, the book offers great advice & wisdom sprinkled with touches of humor which are still applicable in modern day marriages. Great little book that mos I read this book along with the companion book, Letters to Philip, years ago as part of a Marriage & Family class in college. Letters to Karen is a collection of letters from a father to his daughter giving practical advice for marriage. The book is very practical and easy to read. Although some of the roles for women have changed through the years, the book offers great advice & wisdom sprinkled with touches of humor which are still applicable in modern day marriages. Great little book that most people today have likely never heard of.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book really surprised me, it was letters written to a daughter about marriage advice from her minister father. He wrote them and they were made into a book in the 60's. The surprise was that so much of the council he gave was alot the same as I have heard from General Authorities and from Laura Brotherson ect. I will most likely give it to Saige when she becomes engaged someday along with And They were Not Ashamed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maddlyn

    Before getting married a friend of mine suggested me this book! And it was the best advise she could have given me in that particular situation. Some days before our wedding I was reading `Letters to Karen`, while my boyfriend beside me was reading `Letters to Phillip`.It was a fun thing to do because these books are very easy and quick to read books. You can find many tips on how to keep love alive over years, all written in a very warm and witty style. Before getting married a friend of mine suggested me this book! And it was the best advise she could have given me in that particular situation. Some days before our wedding I was reading `Letters to Karen`, while my boyfriend beside me was reading `Letters to Phillip`.It was a fun thing to do because these books are very easy and quick to read books. You can find many tips on how to keep love alive over years, all written in a very warm and witty style.

  16. 5 out of 5

    mindi

    i read this SO long ago, but i remember that i really enjoyed it. it was short and kept my attention well (obviously, as i read it during a couple of super boring church services at a local church during "visitors week") i do hate rating books that i read as a kid, though, so i skimmed through it tonight and it still seemed really sweet.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenn-lee

    This is a great book for anyone interested in strengthening their marriage. A father who is a minister writes letters to his daughter about love and marriage. The letters were eventually published int his book. Amazing! Daniel read the one for men called Letters to Phillip and he said it is what helped him win me over!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The subtitle for this book is "On Keeping Love in Marriage," which is a good description of the book. These are letters written by a pastor to his daughter upon her engagement. My fiance and I are reading them together and we are really enjoying the conversations they spark.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Grete

    Old-fashioned in its assumptions about the roles of women, and sometimes problematically stereotyping. Nevertheless, there is still quite a bit of truth within these engaging, funny letters from father to daughter on the subject of marriage.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tegwen

    I love this little book. It has been so helpful in our marriage. Miguel and I got hooked on Charlie shedd books with letters to Phil and so I got letters to Karen. Dr shedd really is a master of "homespun wisdom"

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Each of the chapters taught me some new lessons, because the author Charlie W. Shedd gave some basic guidelines for a sucessful marriage. Of course, I am not going to be married to someone right now, but those little tips were good to know because I probably will be married someday.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Advice to a new bride to be from her father. It's a little old fashioned and traditional, but I like the male perspective marital insight I'm gaining.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    This was an interesting book written by a father to his daughter who is soon to marry. I liked alot of it his ideas and he made good points.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jemimah Lieow

    Wise advise from Dad to daughter. Would be good advises for other ladies as well. What a blessing to have a father that love God.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Hauck

    Really good advice- I would recommend this to every woman out there!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Litha

    great advisory book about marriage and its problem. you should read it, either youre in a relationship or already married with three kids whatsoever. recommended to everyone :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    great book for guidance in relating with any guy, but especially boyfriend/husband. it's one of those books i'll probably want to read once a year. quick, easy, and enjoyable read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    An enjoyable read. The love of a father shines through.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is my copy. Lots of good advice to the bride to be from her father. "Christian", not Biblical.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alvi Harahap

    This was another marriage book to add to the shelf. I really didn't feel like it was different or unique from the other marriage books available.

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