Building a marriage that goes the distance

28 Apr

Book Review: Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After: Preparing for a Marriage that Goes the Distance, by Craig Groeschel

Who wouldn’t want to have a marriage that lasts, one that goes the distance—in love, intimacy, purpose, friendship, fulfillment, and years? The sad fact, however, is that while most couples spend hours and thousands of dollars preparing for the wedding, very few spend any time at all preparing for their marriage. That’s where Craig Groeschel’s book, Love, sex, and happily ever after, comes in. It presents the foundational principles that will help couples build a marriage that will last.

The author’s book, however, is vastly different from most premarital counseling books. Most books on the subject deal with the major issues of marriage—communication, conflict resolution, finances, in-laws, and sex. Pastor Groeschel’s book focuses on the issue of priorities. The book begins by challenging each individual to establish God as their number one priority. Rather than seeking a person who is “the one,” God needs to be “the one” in each of our lives. Our future (or current, if married) spouse is “the two.” The order is crucial if we want a marriage that lasts.

Several of the chapters are redemptive in nature—helping a person find forgiveness for past relationship mistakes and sins. The author shares practical lessons of what God taught him in this regard.

The chapters on the roles of husbands and wives look at the responsibilities of leadership and submission from a different angle. Presenting both biblical and practical advice, the author challenges his readers to accept the role God has given them without sounding overly preachy. He also explains the cultural myths that will need to be challenged and overcome to be successful.

As a pastor who is committed to premarital counseling before performing a wedding, I am always on the lookout for helpful tools to give to engaged couples. This helpful book will be added to the required reading list.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Books, Marriage


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