Book Review: Marriage that Works: God’s Way of Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates, Best Friends, and Passionate Lovers, by Chip Ingram
There are countless books and advice about marriage. Some are thoughtful, some are good advice, and some are pure fluff. Very few are based on the blueprint of the One who created marriage in the first place.
In his latest book, pastor and author Chip Ingram goes back to the Scriptures to unpack what marriage really is, why God created marriage, and the unique roles both a man and a woman play in their marriage.
The first half of the book is based on Ephesians 5:22-33. It explains what the Bible says about the roles of a husband and wife in marriage. The author also shows how our understanding of those roles has changed over the past 50 years. After laying the foundation, Chip spends the second half of the book explaining what a man is to do in marriage and what a woman is to do in marriage. He gives a number of practical ideas on how each partner is to fulfill their unique role and responsibility. Chip also explains that marriage is a lifetime commitment to a covenant rather than a contract that can be broken when we feel like it.
The author provides a candid look at his own marriage. He is honest about what he and his wife did right, where they failed, and how they learned from their mistakes to build a strong marriage.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.