The Dude's Guide to Marriage: Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well  -     By: Darrin Patrick, Amie Patrick
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The Dude's Guide to Marriage: Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well

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The Dude's Guide to Marriage is written for men who are tired of dead-end relationships and passionless marriages and are ready to make a change. Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals, Pastor Darrin Patrick and his wife Amie offers down-to-earth advice that will change the way men approach their most important commitment.

Each chapter focuses on a single topic - Listen, Talk, Fight, Grow, Provide, Rest, Serve, Submit, Pursue, Worship - with specific action steps for improving that aspect of a couple's relationship. Chapters end with "Five Good Questions" that can be used as conversation starters for couples who want to put ideas into practice.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400205492
ISBN-13: 9781400205493

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"I am a well-loved wife." Is this something your wife would say?

Here’s your guide to making those words a reality in your marriage.

What do women want? This question has stumped the greatest male minds for centuries. Of course, if you’re married, a much better question is, "What does your wife want?"

As Darrin and Amie Patrick reveal in this profoundly practical and transformational book, God designed your wife to want—to need—to be loved. And that design is an invitation for you to love her deeply, intentionally and passionately.

Practicing ten powerful actions—including listening, pursuing, and serving—will transform you into your wife’s lifelong champion and have her nominating you for the Husband Hall of Fame. 

The Dude’s Guide to Marriage is for guys who want to grow, who want clear steps to improving their marriage. It’s for men who want a marriage that thrives rather than just survives. 

Grab this guide, and get ready to be a better husband by becoming a better man.

Author Bio

Darrin Patrick is the lead pastor of The Journey and the vice president of Acts 29, a global church-planting network. He also serves as the chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. Patrick is the author of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood and Church Planter and co-author of Replant and For the City. He and his family live in St. Louis, Missouri.

Amie Patrick is a teacher, writer and pastor¹s wife. Married to her high school sweetheart, Darrin, for 22 years, she is also the proud mom of 4 great kids. Amie holds a degree in music education, and is passionate about leadership, the arts, teaching women to practically apply the gospel to all areas of their lives, and helping pastors' and church planters¹ wives thrive in their calling.

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    10 Words to Consider before Becoming a Husband
    January 29, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    In matters of relationship, a teaspoonful of doing is worth more than a bushel- basket full of knowing.

    Weve all read Dobson and Chapman and Eggerichs until weve become so accountable before God with all our knowledge that we are clearly without excuse. So, while its become a tired clich, it is no less true: love is an action verb. Darrin and Amie Patrick have given us a collection of ten more active verbs to get marriages moving in the right direction more specifically, to get husbands (and future husbands) thinking about the skills that are needed in order to love a wife.

    The Dudes Guide to Marriage is bound to make the rounds here in the Morin compound we have four beloved dudes, and one has already launched into marriage and a family. ** (You should be impressed that I have exercised restraint and not put a picture of the adorable grandboy here.) ** Marvin Olasky summarized the book well in his review for World Magazine: Despite the silly title, [it] isnt a silly book. The maxims it offers in 10 chapters with titles like Listen, Provide, Serve, and Pursue are sensible.

    Yes, sensible. With a light touch and a big brothers wisdom, Darrin Patrick shares active wisdom while Amie chimes in with womanly advice (her words are italicized in the book). Their combined counsel is a call to the male of the species to get off the couch, to own some adult-level aspirations, and to stop living beneath your masculinity.

    With tips as simple as pick up after yourself and as profound as self worship gets boring, The Dudes Guide to Marriage has all the marks of a book that was written from the cauldron of everyday living. Darrin and Amie were high school sweethearts and have parented four children in the midst of an urban church planting ministry. They share honestly about the melting pot of their own marital conflicts. Appendices A-D are an arm around the single guy, the guy who is spooked over counseling, the spiritual light-weight, and the four people who havent read Chapmans book on the love languages.

    It is not for nothing that Pauls teaching on marriage in the book of Ephesians is quickly followed by teaching on spiritual warfare. Gods design for marriage involves two sinners who enter into an agreement to deny their selfish tendencies for the good of a relationship that is intended, mysteriously, to portray the perfect unity between Christ and His bride. But, as with all things pertaining to the Christian life, we live out these huge verities in little moments through tiny deaths to self, and we find that the ability to do what needs to be done comes at the moment that we admit our helplessness and reach out in faith to the One who designed marriage in the first place.


    This book was provided by Thomas Nelson through the BookLookBloggers program, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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