I have read quite a few marriage books in my 16 years of marriage. While many have been for blog reviews, some have been because they were suggested to me or covered topics we was needing wisdom in. But even in the vast array of them, I have never read a marriage book like the one in which I am about to share with you. This books takes the ideas of bettering your marriage to an entirely different dimension. (Way beyond Mars and Venus!)
Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.
Above is taken from the explanation that Amazon gives of the book A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is about More Than Just Staying Together?. I quote it because I believe it demonstrates how this books separates itself from the typical marriage self-help genre.
Instead of focusing on what we need to do to love our spouse more and make our marriage better, Mr. Thomas turns the focus on how much God loves our spouse. He moves you from desiring a great marriage to desperately desiring a godly marriage.
Let me explain one more way. The majority of items that I review, I don’t keep for myself. I assumed this book would fall into the same category. I assumed it would have the typically marriage suggestions. Good reminders but nothing earth shattering. I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen to make notes as I read it. After filling a notecard on the first 100 pages, I put the paper down and began underlining in the book. There were too many points that I wanted to remember. Too many points that I wanted to discuss with my husband and pray about.
Yes, it was that revolutionary for me.
Those of you who read this blog regularly and have read my ebook know that God has brought me from a self-sufficient life to a dependent one. I now realize that I am not in control of my life and despite my best intentions, I need help! Traveling on this same thought Gary Thomas explains that my marriage is not so much about what I do but what I allow God to do through me.
For the rest of the week, I am going to share my favorite quotes from this book. Even now, I am praying that God will use them to encourage you to move your dream of a lifelong marriage to a lifelong love.
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