A tool to help couples prepare for a successful marriage

31 Jan

Book Review: Ready or Knot? 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have before Marriage, by Scott Kedersha

Many couples spend more time planning their wedding than they do preparing for their marriage. They will spend thousands of dollars and countless hours picking the perfect dress, venue, flowers, and cake. If they want their marriage to last a lifetime, how can they prepare for a successful marriage before they tie the knot?

These are the convictions and concerns that lie behind Scott Kedersha’s book, Ready or Knot? 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have before Marriage. From his experience as director of marriage ministry at Watermark Community Church, Scott has crafted a number of questions to get couples talking about twelve key issues of life and marriage.

In addition to the big 3—sex, finances, and in-laws—the author writes about communication and conflict resolution, roles and responsibilities, the role of faith, children, companionship, and being part of a community. Each chapter ends with “Am I ready?”—questions to answer personally; “Strengthening our knot”—questions to discuss as a couple; and “Closing prayer”—a prayer for growth in that area of the relationship.

The book is well written, funny, practical, and encouraging. It includes personal illustrations from the author’s life, interviews with other couples, and examples from history and current events. This would be a helpful tool for premarital counseling.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in Books, Marriage


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