Read These Book Reviews (It Could Save Your Marriage)

I have had the privilege of reviewing books for Multnomah (Random House) for quite some time now, and this set of books has meant the most to me. A marriage, like anything you care about, needs time, love, and care to make it work. I have made a commitment this year to invest more time and energy on making my marriage as strong as it can be. Because to me, the stronger my marriage is, the better chance both Heidi and I and our kids have at becoming all that we can be. God has blessed me with a wonderful spouse and I, like any guy, need as much help as possible to make sure I don’t screw it up. Read through the summaries and then purchase these books. Don’t say, “Well, maybe next month or next year.” Bite the bullet and make a commitment to your spouse to do everything in your power to have a marriage that can stand the test of time.

clip_image001With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.

After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.

I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond all hope until a spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.

You can purchase this book at Amazon.

Author Bio:

Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries, and for the past several years they have shared their incredible story of a marriage restored with audiences across the nation. Jeff is an account manager with OshKosh B’Gosh, and Cheryl has served as director of the Frisco, Texas, office of the Center for Christian Counseling. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two college-age daughters.

clip_image001[9]In his book Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.

Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

The Love As a Way of Life Devotional makes an ideal gift for the holidays or for any special occasion. Couples, parents, new graduates, and anyone celebrating a milestone in life will welcome this inspiring daily guide to richer, more satisfying relationships.

You can purchase this book at Amazon.

Author Bio:

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-six books, including the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. His daily radio program, A Love Language Minute, is broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide. Dr. Chapman, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, Wake-Forest University, and Southwestern Seminary, serves on a church staff in North Carolina.

clip_image001[11]Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now together in the For Couples Only boxed set, these books provide the perfect resource to help you understand what you never knew about the woman or man in your life.

Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don’t “get” about your significant other—even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you. [Part of me wanted to make this paragraph past tense—yielded and produced—because of the first paragraph, but that took away some of the immediacy of what the books offer. I’ll leave that up to you.]

So whether you are newly dating or have been married fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way. The adventure is just beginning!

You can purchase this book at Amazon.

Author Bio:

Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn hold graduate degrees from Harvard University and are popular national speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs. They are also active church members and the parents of two young children, and they enjoy every minute of living life at warp speed.

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Leave a comment telling me the best thing about your spouse and what book you would like to win and you may be picked to receive a free copy.

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2 Responses to Read These Book Reviews (It Could Save Your Marriage)

  1. Hey Roy,

    Great site and excellent posts! I am excited to dig in and really explore it all….

    Julie and I have been reading “Fighting for Your Marriage: Positive Steps for Preventing Divorce and Preserving a Lasting Love” by Markham, Stanley and Blumberg. Great stuff. It is teaching us how to listen and hear one another. We’ve just started it but are both looking forward to diving in.

    For the last four years, we’ve been on a journey–both personally and as a couple–of healing and wholeness. It has been a deeply spiritual and emotional journey that has led us to places in ourselves we never knew existed or had subconsciously burried deep in our psyche. It has been the hardest, most rewarding, scariest, exhilerating and uncertain adventure we’ve ever set out on. Some of the books that have helped us on the way have been “Parenting From the Inside Out–How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive” by Siegel and Hartzell and “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash the Power of Authentic Life in Christ” by Scazarro. Both have really impacted how we process our emotions individually and share and hear that as a couple.

    Thanks so much for sharing your site with me Roy! I am always looking for new books to add the ever growing stack next to my bed. I just finished N.T. Wright’s “For All God’s Worth–True Worship and the Calling of the Church” (I read just about everything by Wright I can lay my hands on) and am about to start “A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life” by Parker Palmer and “Christ and Culture” by Niebuhr.

    Thanks Roy!

    Todd R.

  2. Roy Bauer says:

    Thanks Todd for the reply,

    I’ll check out the books you recommended. It is good to hear other marriages doing everything they can to make it last. I pray that the two of you have years and years of marital bliss.

    royb

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