Upside Down Marriage  -     By: Jeff Hendley
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 120
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1591601444
ISBN-13: 9781591601449
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Author: Jeff Hendley
Located in: Boone, NC
Submitted: February 26, 2004

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have been married 27+ years and have four children--26, 25 19 and 18. In many ways my children have been my professors of family life. I have been in business and been in ministry for a couple of decades. I enjoy working with college age and have a burning passion to encourage others in developing healthy relationsips. Relationships are hard work but the payoff is worth the effort. Making the Bible come alive through teaching and living is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Three of my brothers and my sister have gone through a divorce. Over 50% of Christian marriages are ending in divorce. It is time to stop, take a long hard look at the way we approach marriage, family, building a marriage. We need to do what Jesus so often did, turn our worlds upside down. Jesus taught that to lead we need to serve. To be a husband who loves his wife, to be the head of our homes, we need to turn our marriages upside down. I was motivated out of a burning passion to see marriages, homes, become what God intended for them to be. If 50% of homes are divorced homes, then the children of divorce face an uphill battle in having a marriage that works and lasts. This book--Upside Down Marraige--is a short, insightful look at five biblical passages that will inspire, encourage and launch men into becoming the husbands God intends each of us to be.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Men will come away from this book with a desire to be proactive as husbands. Men can read this and have a few excercises to work on as they try to do that which they long for the most: to love their wives the way each one deserves to be loved. So often we read a book and walk away with a good thought or without any notion of how to go about putting what we have read into practice. Upside Down Marriage is about practice. Practicing those things that will help us (husbands) love our wives. Each chapter (there are only five) has Practice Times at the end, and husbands are encouraged to select one or two exercises to work on. By doing this we build habits that translate into practical ways to love.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My family (parents, siblings, my wife and children) have had the greatest impact on me. Several of my professors in school especially Howard Hendricks spurred not only my mind but inspired my heart for God. Oswald Chambers, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Hudson Taylor, George Mueller, their books are close at hand to read and think about. I have a group of men that I talk with often that keep me on my toes and accountable.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  What do you as a husband have to lose? Spend a few minutes and read this book. It is different. It compares husbands to being a coach. It describes what would happen if our wives were our number one customer. It talks about learning to live in the land of woman and learning the language of woman. It teaches men/husband a secret of how to avoid the black hole of pornography and lust. Give it a try. What do we have to lose? Except our marriages.

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