Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough
A Marriage Must Read
Justin and Trisha Davis had a seemingly fine marriage from the outside. They were building a ministry and a family together and from a distance they were living the fairy tale marriage. For a long time, they didn't even realize themselves that something was wrong. The mistake they made, the mistake so many of us made was that they settled for ordinary.
As I read their narratives there were times I could see my hubby and I in similar situations. There were times that as a woman I would read Justin's thoughts and shake my head, knowing just how much trouble he was digging himself into. I became involved in their story because I think we can all identify with rocky times in our relationships.
I like the way they incorporate Scriptural principals into the book so that the reader can see from the outer perspective how God made us and what our natual tendencies are as couples. Illustrations from the Bible help put it in context and also help the reader to learn who God wants us to be in our relationships with Him.
There are questions at the end of each chapter that can help couples as they think about their own marriages seek the extraordinary. I enjoyed reading this book and reflecting on my marriage and how I can go the extra mile to make it extraordinary. God wants His very best for each and every one of us and until we seek Him first and obey His calling on our lives, we can't have that. God has to be at the center of it all.
I highly recommend this book! It was a great read ~ so go get your copy today!
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Tyndale Blogger Network, for the purpose of review
January 16, 2013
A must read for every marriage
This book is a must read for every marriage. It offers a down to earth approach to relationship issues all couples struggle with and practical advice to strengthen our marriages and find the extraordinary oneness we all desire. Oftentimes it's easy to feel our marriage is okay so we pour our efforts into our children, our jobs, our churches, etc. We nurture the other relationships in our life and wonder how our marriage became the "ordinary" marriage we swore we would never have. Justin and Trisha Davis offer the reader a transparent look into the struggles they faced while pointing out the little things that creep into our lives and threaten oneness.
I love the unique approach of reading their journey through both of their perspectives.
January 10, 2013
Great marriage resource!
I received this ebook from Tyndale for review. I hadn't heard of the authors or their website RefineUs, but the title seemed interesting and I've been looking for more non-fiction this year rather than sticking with novel after novel.
I enjoyed this read overall and felt it gave some excellent points to put into action to make one's marriage stronger and more than the mundane.
I liked when Justin and Trisha told their relationship history in separate sections, clearly marked "Justin" or "Trisha." When they combined to speak about specific spiritual and marriage issues, there were points that they still slipped into using first-person singular but then added a name in parantheses for clarification. I found this distracting and wished they had tried for first-person plural and then each other's name here and there when necessary. Point of view is one of my reading pet peeves, though, and it's the only negative thing I would have to say about the book.
I recommend this book for everyone married or expecting to be married someday. Why settle for an ordinary relationship when there are resources to avoid that path in life?
December 5, 2012