With stories from his own experiences in past relationships (both the good and the bad), insights learned while counseling other couples, clear teaching from scripture and some humor thrown in along the way, Craig Groeschel provides a good tool for singles and couples in Love, Sex and Happily Ever After.
I originally picked up this book thinking it might be a resource I could pass on to couples preparing for their wedding day. I've had the privilege over the past several months to officiate a few weddings and I'm always looking for good resources to pass on to couples. While this is a solid book about dating relationships, the majority of it is geared for those who are still in the dating phase or even in the pre-dating phase. Groeschel speaks candidly about relationships and what God has to say about how we interact with the opposite sex.
One of the points he makes near the beginning of the book - and comes back to in the succeeding chapters - is that in the dating relationship, God needs to be the ONE. Too many times both men and women look to someone else to fulfill them or complete them. Groeschel makes the point that only God can fulfill that position as the ONE in our lives. The person who we date and perhaps later marry, who he calls the TWO, cannot take the place of God as the ONE. When we look to anyone us to make us happy and fulfill our needs, we will always come up short. If we approach our relationships with God as the ONE and follow His lead, we will find our dating and eventual marriage relationship in a much better place.
If you are looking for your TWO or are in a dating relationship, this would be a good book to read. For those who work with students and young adults, this would provide a good resource as you offer advice and support to those looking at marriage in their future.
With an invigorating mix of personal story, practical guidance and biblical truth, Craig invites you into a candid conversation about first dates, sex, communication, integrity, forgiveness, and commitment. Along the way, he shows how you can build a soul-enriching, God-honoring relationship with the one you love_and believe together again in your very own "happily ever after."
Previously released as Going All the Way
I have seen Craig Groeschels' online presence, listened to his podcasts and watched his videos on LifeChurch.tv and found him very amusing and inspirational. He winds personal experience stories with bible stories and somehow makes it all relevant to today's world. He is one of the â€˜new breed' of pastors who relate to their followers with humor rather than preach down to them using intimidation. So when I was given a chance to read and review this book, I jumped at it, however now I kind of wished I hadn't.
I really cannot get into the swing of this book, Craig's jokes seem condescending and fake, and his humor doesn't come through in the writing. Some of the lines are authoritative to the extreme, whereas if I was watching him perform this in person, it probably wouldn't have as much of a negative impact as it does seeing the words on the page.
I can see how people have described the content of the book as â€˜going to very challenging places', but I also see how some people who are dedicated fans and followers of his would be able to find this book useful. I personally do not find this book to be something that I can utilize or reread at any point, but I fully encourage those who are a fan of his or any of Craig Groeschel's previous books to pick this up and give it a look, for you it may be a worthwhile read.
Most people are probably going to say this book is written more for the dating/single crowd but honestly, it's important for married couples too. Craig Groeschel writes about how it is possible to have a long-lasting relationship that's full of love. The first step to that being to find the One. No, not the person you're going to marry. God. He is the One, whoever you marry if your two. Without a strong foundation you can't build a house that's going to stand, and the same is true of relationships. Without a good relationship with God, there's no way to have a real, true, good relationship with a person.
Easy to read, only 15 chapters, study guide included in the book. Makes it a great study to do with a group at church, or just with people you know could get something from going over it. Highly recommended, it's going on my recommendation shelf!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After by Craig Groeschel. I read 209 pages almost nonstop in 2 days. The information was basically everything I had learned in church growing up and in premarital counseling. The only difference was it was coming from a guy who had been there, done that, and survived. It doesn't sound as preachy when it comes from someone who's been there done that.
My only complaint about the book was that Groeschel spent too much time focusing on singles that are not married. The words "future spouse" and "when you get married in the future" came up more times than I was expecting. As I read the book the first half of the book made sense to talk about dating and preparing for marriage. However, the second half of the book could have more information directed toward only married couples. Since everything about the book and the beginning of the book the author said he wanted the book to be for anyone married or single.
I would recommend this book to teenagers before they start dating or engaged couples during premarital counseling. If you read it from someone who understands what it's like to live in a sex-crazed world and was a part of that type of lifestyle and still turn around and have a life that God is proud of. Every parent should give their sons and daughters this book on their 13th birthday or before they start dating.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After: Preparing for a Marriage that Goes the Distance by Craig Groeschel
This is a great book previously released as "Going All the Way" to use for pre-marital counseling. It helps gives warning to those who may be thinking of jumping the gun before tying the knot or not stepping up and being the husband or wife God created them to be. Tactfully written, Craig shares as only he can (in very humorous and thinking out loud kind of ways) why we should be seeking the scriptures for guidance and advice and not the movies we watch or even our friends and family. Peer pressure is all around us but he shares honestly this marriage relationship doesn't come easy. We make choices every day to either step up relinquish responsibility.
I did find a couple of instances where it did resemble things that were said in a couple of his other works However, over all this was an excellent read for couples who are especially just getting started. The reality is love, sex, and happily ever after doesn't just happen. It is a gift to one another and for one another from our Heavenly Father.
Some people may not care for a book on relationships or marriage thinking they already have it down, but I would strongly encourage any marriage could use a little fine tuning. This book does contain a study guide in the back which would be helpful for couples to work through the issues brought up in the book. I wish to thank Blogging for Books and Multnomah Publishing for supplying this book for review.