High school sweethearts whose marriage seemed to have been made in heaven, the
Strobels enjoyed a good life with two children and experienced few problems
until Leslie became a committed Christian, much to the dismay of her husband,
a confirmed atheist. The Strobels struggled along in this "spiritually
mismatched" state for quite a while until Lee made the conscious decision to
become a Christian as well. The Strobels do not advise couples who strongly
disagree about religion to marry, but their book offers useful advice to
couples who are spiritually mismatched, either from the beginning of their
relationship or through a change in belief. Ideas about raising children and
advice for single Christians are also included. Written in the first person,
usually by Lee, the text is readable and helpful. While not a substitute for
professional marriage counseling, the Strobels' suggestions are based on
years of practical experience and will be useful for a Christian audience.
Recommended for church libraries and for public libraries serving a sizable
Christian population. Mary Prokop, Savannah Country Day Preparatory Sch. Lib.,
GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Lee Strobel, whose bestselling The Case for Christ has become a standard work
of evangelical apologia, was once not a Christian at all, and was openly
hostile to the faith. When his wife, Leslie, became a Christian several years
into their marriage, he was furious, and their union seemed doomed until
"Leslie figured out how to live out her faith in a way that began to attract
rather than repel [him]." In Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, the
Strobels describe their experiences in order to help other Christians
particularly women who are married to nonbelievers. Although their own ending
(culminating in his conversion) followed the Christian storybook, they caution
readers that it is better to concentrate on one's own spiritual growth and
example than to have unrealistic expectations about a spouse's future
conversion. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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