I am typically not a “self-help” kind of reader, however this book caught my eye. I like to look for things my husband and I can read together, which in turn (hopefully) makes us grow together as a couple. I thought this book was a good starting point. It allowed us to communicate, listen, and make sure we’re in the right place. Now, part of me wish it had been more bible-based, however with my bible right there I’d call this more of an additional tool…..
Purchase your copy here
About the Book
Great marriages don’t just happen–they’re made, intentionally, day by day. Yet most of us enter the covenant of marriage thinking that the role of spouse will be easy, natural, effortless. Rarely is this true. In fact, the number one cause of divorce isn’t adultery or finances or disagreements. It’s apathy–a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship.
With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson explains the three critical roles of a spouse–friend, partner, and lover–and shows how to nurture those roles in order to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Using solid biblical principles, he helps couples understand how to grow their friendship, be a supportive partner through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.
Friends, Partners, and Lovers offers essential insight for couples at any stage of marriage but will be especially helpful to those who are struggling and those who are engaged or newly married and looking to start their marriage on strong footing.
The questions at the end of each chapter are very thought provoking. I would suggest answering them separately and then discuss your answers together. Remember to be honest – that’s why the author put them there! Yes there are some tough and perhaps uncomfortable topics, but you should be able to talk to your spouse about anything, these topics included! I’m glad he included them because I think that many married couples avoid them like the plague. This forces you to open up and share things with your spouse.
I do wish there had been more bible references. However, it did mention some, and it was easy for me to have my Bible nearby. Think of this book as a tool to use in addition to your bible. I think this would be a great stepping stone for Non-Christian couples as well who would be scared by too many bible references. Overall, good tool for your marriage.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.