Friday, July 23, 2010
Let me start by saying what this book is not. This is not just another self-help book. This is not Christian happy talk about how great your Christian marriage should be. This is not psychology.
This is reality. These are true stories written by the people who lived them. Some of these couples have survived difficult things like adultery, pornography, and separations. Others are lighter stories of things we all do – unrealistic expectations we bring into marriage, misplaced priorities, and falling into the “busyness” of life. Some will make you laugh, others may bring tears, but all of them will show you how others have kept the flame alive.
If found this book to be thought-provoking and encouraging. The format makes it very easy to read and enjoyable. Each of the stories is short, three to four pages, and ends with reflections by James Bell. I started out intending to read a couple of stories per day but I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one afternoon.
This book is great for anyone – newly engaged couples to those who have been married for years. There are valuable lessons contained in these true stories that we all can learn from.
I must mention that I did receive a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House publishers, but that in no way influenced my opinion of it.