Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage by Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey

One week ago my husband and I were packing for a vacation at the beach. I have so many books on my "to be read" list I was having trouble deciding which ones to bring. It turned out to be an eclectic mix - science fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and "Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage." My first day soaking up the rays I picked up the Guide and I could not put it down until I was done. This was my first exposure to the self-proclaimed “sexiest fat men in America” but it will not be the last.

Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey are cohosts of a syndicated comedy radio program in Birmingham, Alabama and they are the authors of several books. They often talk about their Christian faith and beliefs on the show and in their books. This book is a humorous look at marriage and the ongoing battle of the sexes.

My son and daughter-in-law, who were vacationing with us, caught me laughing out loud more than once over chapters such as "Ball and Chain," "Annoying Habits" and "To Love, Honor and...Duck!" I had to stop and read passages to them but I was still able to finish the book. Good thing too because it did not make it home with me.

Rick and Bubba, who have a combined total of thirty-three years of marriage, write about incidents and situations in their own relationships. Their tongue-in-cheek advice is great fun but they offer some good common sense lessons as well. I could really relate to so many of them. I constantly found myself thinking that is so true or that sounds so familiar.

I especially loved "The Ten Commandments of Marriage."
Number two: "Thou shalt apologize to your wife for whatever agony or discomfort she has had to endure on any given day, physically or emotionally, including mishaps with appliances or motor vehicles, or as a result of national or world events, because it is your fault. Accept it.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
Check out the Rick and Bubba website:

The book comes with a CD of highlights from Rick and Bubba's radio show.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Pap/Com edition (June 2, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1401603991
Price: $16.99
Paperback: 240 Pages

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