I really enjoyed Craig's humorous and realistic approach to this subject and it was one of the best approaches to the subject I have heard of. I think anyone who enjoys learning about building new relationships and/or making positive changes in their marriages. Craig's style made me, the reader feel utterly macabre in every sense of the word. Craig shows his author knowledge very well and does a great job of interjecting his life stories/ thoughts in the appropriate manner in this book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is in a serious relationship. I ordered the book to add to my premarital counseling library, and will probably be recommending it often, though not necessarily as part of premarital counseling. While the subtitle of the book is "Preparing for a Marriage that Goes the Distance," I feel that the best target audience is Christian individuals and couples who are starting to move from casual dating to becoming serious about the relationship, whether marriage has been considered or not. And, if you're looking / hoping to find "the one" Groeschel has something vital to say about that as well (I don't want to give too much away).
As far as style goes, I'll be reading more of Groeschel's books. This book had a great blend of humor, frankness, and serious content. Again, as a pastor and as a person, I'd highly recommend this book to those who are dating. It may just save you some heartache, and help you discern where the relationship should go.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review).
The author begins, "I wrote this book because people in my generation are making decisions way before marriage that actually sabotage what they really want for their futures." (p. 5) Pastor Craig Groeshel writes a scriptural, human, transparent and painfully, uniquely, Christian view of relationships for today's couples. He begins with our primary relationship in Jesus Christ and uses that as the foundation to build and grow flourishing, life long relationships. This is not a pollyana look at marriage. Groeshel speaks from his own life's victories and mistakes. He allows the reader to be imperfect and find a new starting place as well as way to begin a relationship well. The book gives solid scriptural advice, based on Biblical principles. These are reinforced by stories from real people, his own story and Napolean Dynamite. He presents these with bullet points with fresh humor to help the reader negotiate the minefield of pre-marriage and reminds us that "God's greatest weapon in this wonderful adventure is always His own love-a love we find most clearly lived out in the person of Jesus Christ. People who are not churched will still find great value in this book though Craig is unshakably Christian in his answers. If your relationship is not working or if you are beginning life with "your number 2" (God must be your number 1) and want to do it right, you will find answers here. "Love, sex and Happily Ever After" is interesting and well written. It can be read in a couple of hours but it has a lot of content packed into its pages. Read with care as a couple. The study guide at the end is well done and would be a great small group experience. Pastor's could use it in pre-marriage classes or counseling, a young adult study group or college student class. It is not written for marriage and family counseling and the jargon works better for young adults than old guys like me. Thanks to Multnomah press for giving me this book in exchange for this review. I appreciate them expecting honest review and I thank you for reading Thethoughtfulpastor blog.