Marriage can transform spouses into wholly human and responsible people, capable of living life the way God intended. Communication, division of responsibility, finances, in-laws, and sexual intimacy are areas within relationships that often hinder couples from obtaining a healthy marriage. The antidote is to get "beyond the bliss" of unrealistic expectations and cultivate four life disciplines: delaying gratification, assuming responsibility, being dedicated to the truth, and staying balanced.
Truly healthy marriages fulfill a transformational purpose: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life. What is required is that couples must eventually move beyond the bliss and unrealistic expectations, to a place in their marriage where they are willing to engage in some hard work and thrive in a broken world. In his best-selling book The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck makes the point that life is difficult, problems are inevitable, and that we, as individuals, can either learn to deal with our problems wisely, becoming more emotionally and spiritually healthy in the process, or we can allow them to undo us. "Four life disciplines", says Peck, "make all the difference." In this groundbreaking book, Gary and Patti Tyra explain how applying Peck's four life disciplines to our marriages is crucial to their becoming transformational in character. Our marriages can become truly healthy, empowering both marital partners to become more fully and responsibly human.
Gary Tyra (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical and practical theology at Vanguard University of Southern California. Formerly the chair for the department of religion at Vanguard, Tyra also has over twenty-five years of pastoral experience including his last position as senior pastor at Yorba Linda Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. Tyra is the author of and , as well as numerous published papers and articles. He and his wife Patti have two grown children and reside in California.
Patti Tyra (M.S., Vanguard University) is a public speaker and writer. Working as a family therapist intern for two years while earning a graduate degree in clinical psychology, Patti's passion is to inspire and equip Christians from all walks of life to live their lives in a fully functional, Christ-honoring manner. Gary and Patti live in Yorba Linda, California. Their adult children, Brandon and Megan, both live nearby and work in Hollywood's entertainment industry.
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