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3 Stars Out Of 5
Serious, Intellectual and Theologically Deep
September 12, 2012
Intimate Allies was written on a far deeper level than the average marriage book with detailed stories of several troubled marriages. After each illustration you are given bible verses and interpretations of theology that are meant to help you better understand the underlying problem and solution. There were some points that were confusing to me, but many were meaningful. I guess the best word I could use to describe this book is "Deep!"
I must admit that I like lighter, upbeat reading about making a decent marriage even better in God's perfect plan for couples. I like practical tips and ideas mixed with a little humor. I like to read books for enjoyment and relaxation that also edify and help inspire me to improve.
If you enjoy intellectually written books that cause you to think, then this may be the perfect book for you. If you like delving into the theology and psychology of marriage you will probably enjoy the way these authors have presented their material. If your marriage has serious issues, you will likely find this book more helpful than I did.
I believe that this book would be better read in smaller segments taking time to pray and internalize each point and decide how it relates to you and your marriage. The authors do not attempt to spoon feed the reader with simple illustrations and ideas. It will require effort to take in the biblical doctrines presented and translate them into change you can make in your life and your marriage. If you are willing to put in the time and effort to understand the many points made in these pages, I am sure they would edify you and your marriage.
My husband and I highly recommend this book. This is a book that should be required reading for all who get married. The authors are real people who manage to practically explain the "mystery" of marriage. If your marriage is on death row or in wonderland you will benefit from the pages of this book. Cover to cover it is full of good advice, good perspective, good wisdom and help for anyone who has said, "I do".