Enter the Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel-Saturated Marriage - eBook
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Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Enter the RingApril 14, 2018Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enter The Ring: Fighting Together For A Gospel-Saturated Marriage, written by D.A. & Elicia Horton, published by NavPress in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, is a book centered around bringing stability and happiness into marriages.
To bring forth a powerful message about God centered, God dedicated marriages, D.A. And Elicia openly share the struggles they encountered within their marriage and the effects it had on their relationship with Christ. Their willingness to be open and direct about their struggles brings a smidgen of reality to that which so many others encounter within their marriages, but might not have been willing to say it out loud.
As D.A. & Elicia elude to, many Christian marriages struggle because they are not paying attention to the necessary fundamentals needed to not only enhance their relationships, but also draw them closer to God. One specific area mentioned, which makes perfect sense, is the lack of a prayer life, both individually and corporately.
This book has the power to enhance the marriage of any couple striving to grow closer together and advance their relationship with God, thus it is a recommended purchase.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
JohnnyLafayette, TNAge: 45-54Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Fight for your Marriage!February 20, 2018JohnnyLafayette, TNAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Imagine being a fly on the wall of a Christian couple as they battle to have what they call a gospel saturated marriage. Imagine walking with them through their fights, their times of suffering, their struggles with sin, and their victories. That is what you get in D.A. and Elicia Hortons newest work entitled Enter the Ring: fighting together for a gospel-saturated marriage.
D. A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in North Long Beach, CA and as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). He is the author of three previous books before taking on this project with his wife. This is Elicia Hortons first book, and apart from being married to D.A. and raising 3 children, she travels the country teaching and encouraging others through rap and poetry. Both bring a wealth of experience and Biblical training to the writing of this book.
In this book the Hortons definitely do not come out of their ivory tower to teach us about marriage. They truly take you on a journey through some of their ugliest and most painful parts of their marriage to show the reader the sufficiency of Christ in the life of a believer and his/her marriage. They call for a gospel-saturated marriage and life in this book, a life that the gospels content and implications affect every part of the life and marriage.
The Hortons take us down different roads with each chapter. In the first two chapters you see what Christian oneness looks like in a marriage and get solid advice on the importance of communication in the marriage and how to get to what they call Level 1 communication. I must tell you that some of the sections on communication are hilarious as they give us a look into their own struggles.
Their chapter on going the distance gives practical advice on leading your marriage through times of suffering and pain. Just as you found yourself laughing with the Hortons in chapter 3, you will find yourself feeling their pain in chapter 4.
The Hortons turn more to the Scriptures in their fifth chapter as they go in-depth into the role of husbands, wives, and parents according to the Scriptures.
In the next chapter they take up the subject of purity before and during the marriage. You get to see the Hortons in very vulnerable spots in this chapter. The story of the day when D.A. accidently posted an admission to looking at porn publicly when he meant to do it privately made for some interesting reading.
They finish the book off by taking an honest look at the pressures of finance. We get to learn from their mistakes and also learn from their journey to freedom. I absolutely loved what they learned while at Summit Church with J.D. Greear. They even give a sample budget to start a couple off on their journey to financial freedom.
Their final chapter is a Scriptural discussion on what a Gospel saturated life looks like.
A section that I almost didnt read was the Epilogue, but Im certainly glad I did because there they address those who are unmarried. It certainly made me think how I view them and how Ive misused them in the past in our ministry. That may be my favorite part of the book.
All in all I enjoyed the book. I appreciated how the two authors bounced back and forth with their sections. You get to see their teaching from both points of view. I believe this will be a great read for a couple getting married or recently married.
I was presented a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.
Book NerdyAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Round after RoundFebruary 1, 2018Book NerdyAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Marriage is a blessing but it is a bout, that is for sure. Upon entering a covenant with God and each other, a couple enters the fight of a lifetime. That fight is not against one another or God, but against the enemy that hates the idea of marriage and family. He most assuredly wants to steal, kill and destroy that which God joins together for His glory.
The Hortons have allowed readers to peer into their fight for a gospel-saturated marriage. What readers will find is a couple that has been through it round after round and experienced redemption & recovery from some of the enemies toughest blows.
It is a gripping read as you see that marriage is no game but a battle and anyone is susceptible to the enemies tactics. However, to see a couple rally in the midst of the battle and following and seek Gods redemption is a wake-up call to all couples.
This book address the spiritual battle that bleeds over into the physical attributes of marriage that revolve around intimacy, finances, and more.
Here is a book that is for you as you are preparing for marriage, in marriage or trying to redeem your marriage.
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.
DanniAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good for newly marriedJanuary 20, 2018DanniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Let me just say...... I am on the ropes with this book.
Don't get me wrong Enter the Ring was a good book but I had a hard time relating to some of D.A. and Elicia Horton's stories. I did find their transparency refreshing and honorable though.
Do I believe marriage should be saturated in the Gospel......ABSOLUTELY. Are our marriages always??? No.
It was good to be reminded of what a marriage that is God honoring looks like. That it isn't perfect. It is messy. But it is also loving and forgiving.
D.A. and Elicia didn't shy away from the ugly part about marriage. You come into a marriage as two messy people with baggage. Sifting that out and sometimes getting to the root of the problem isn't easy.
More than anything though I loved the theme of "It is worth it." They didn't come right out and say that, but you could feel that through the whole book. Not Easy.....Just worth it.
I would definitively hand this book to married couples that have been married for less than 5-10 years.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Enter the RingJanuary 17, 2018contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "Enter the Ring," D.A. and Elicia Horton hope to encourage Christian couples to fight to preserve God-honouring marriages. Speaking from their experience working with couples and in their own marriage, the authors argue that the key to glorifying God in marriage is to be rooted in the gospel. When we focus our eyes on the person and work of Jesus, we no longer strive to fulfill our own sinful desires by manipulating or taking advantage of our spouses as we experience true grace, mercy, and love from God. Furthermore, the Hortons assert that how we live out our marriage is a living display of who God is and what He has done for us. Thus, marriage is a tool to fulfill the Great Commission as each marriage is surrounded by numerous interconnected relationships ranging from in-laws to the neighbour next door. The authors discuss common topics including communication, oneness, parenting, suffering, finances, and purity. There is also an epilogue in which the authors offer encouragement and counsel to singles who often find themselves lonely and underappreciated in many churches. The strength of the book lies in the openness of both authors as they share past failures and painful experiences such as their personal bankruptcy early in their marriage. In addition, the two authors write tandem sections in each chapter so that readers can receive both male and female viewpoints in a conversational manner.
I would gladly recommend this book to all Christian couples who aim to bring glory to God in and through their marriages. Our current culture views marriage as simply an agreement to share resources between two people with no expectations of loyalty and steadfastness. Furthermore, Satan is eager to entice us to satisfy our own sinful desires at the expense of our spouses. The Hortons encourage couples to persevere in the fight to remain faithful to God and each other as a testimony of the power that is found in the gospel. When we fight against our flesh using our own abilities or strategies, we are bound to fail miserably. Nothing other than the blood of Jesus can cleanse us of our sin and unite us to Him and to our spouses.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a book review.
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