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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
What makes love last a lifetime?
No one marries intending to fail. Each couple that says "I do" hopes for a long and beautiful life together. But as time passes, many drift apart, and some eventually call it quits.
But what about the ones who stay the course, who dont just bear through marriage but actually love it? Whats their secret?
Its simple, really: there is no secret. They follow Gods revealed design.
In Lasting Love, Alistair Begg unfolds this design. After laying theological foundations, he builds levels of application, showing how Gods blueprint makes marriages sturdy and vibrant.
Ideal for both those considering marriage and those already married, Lasting Love is a comprehensive book on the essentials of a great and godly union, such as:
- What the Bible says about marriage vows, gender roles, and parenting
- What to look for in a potential spouse
- How to cure and prevent marital decay
Heed the advice of this pastor who has seen too many marriages come and go. Let yours last a lifetime.
Includes a study guide for spouse and group discussion to help you put the books principles to practice.
"Alistair Beggs book Lasting Love has been encouraging and strengthening marriages for almost 20 years. This book is more then a book on marriage it also deals with what it means to be father and mother within the context of marriage. This book provides a thoroughly biblical understanding of marriage and the roles assigned to husband and wife. In addition there are powerful illustrations given of the truths taught in this book. The example of Robertson McQuilken used to illustrate the "in sickness" aspect of marriage vows is a touching picture of the beauty of biblical marriage. Begg writes from the complementarian perspective, and demonstrates the biblical nature of his position as well as demonstrating the challenges that arise when the biblical pattern of marriage is abandoned as has been done by the greater part of American society. Books on marriage usually have very short life spans, they are popular for a time and then forgotten in obscurity. This book is not like this it is one that will benefit those considering marriage; those newly married, and even those who have been married for some time. This review was made possible through a digital copy provided by the publisher through Net Galley."
Reviewed by Steven Dresen, Net Galley, Aug 7, 2015
HeidiMarie2 Stars Out Of 5Lasting LoveDecember 11, 2017HeidiMarieQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1In Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure, Alistair Begg urges readers to get back to the basics of marriage and examine what the Bible says about it.
Originally published in 1997, this book is written for Christians, whether they are married and feeling the love and excitement slip away, or if they are single and just thinking about marriage in the future. Begg says that the Bible gives clear instructions for marriage, and we need to look no further than the Bible to find the solution to our marital problems. He says that we need to reject divorce as an option and put work into bringing love back into the mix.
Alistair Begg is an older man, and many things he said were pretty outdated and awful. This is particularly evident in his chapters about gender roles within marriage. He told a story in the book where he told his hairdresser that he would stop giving her his business when she came back to work after having her baby, because he would not support a woman who neglected and abandoned her child. That just really pissed me off and turned me off to the book completely.
Some of Begg's ideas were good, like looking to the Bible for guidance, supporting your spouse, and making an effort to offer frequent encouragement. However, too much of the stuff he said was outdated and, I think, would just be damaging to a marriage instead of helping it.
Because of those things, I gave this 2 stars out of 5, and I would not recommend this to anyone.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
gcwfarmgirlOhioAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!September 16, 2016gcwfarmgirlOhioAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Can I just start and end my review with "I love this book"?
Fine, I'll begin with saying in a sea of marital books (christian or not) Begg does an amazing job at standing out.
I'll also state that if you are not a christian (or if you're a "christian" living a worldly life style) you will NOT like this book.
"If you are going to be at all successful in avoiding marital failure, it is imperative that we exercise our minds in the truth of scripture and yield our wills in submission to God's clear directives." -page 32
"We should never allow the lifestyle and thought patterns of ungodly neighbors and work associates to capture our minds. As Paul put it succinctly; 'Do not be misled; bad company corrupts good character.' 1 Corinthians 15:33." -page 86
Beggs entire foundation on marriage is a biblical foundation; what the scripture says about marriage. He is not politically correct (which can I say is amazing and refreshing!)
"God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). In light of this truth, we must not approach marriage with divorce as an option."-page 89
"In Titus 2:4 we are told that it is important that wives be taught to love their husbands and children. Does that not strike you strange? Taught to love? 'I thought,' says a young wife, 'that you either felt it for him or you didn't. But I never considered being taught to love him.' This kind of response indicates how heavily we have come to rely on the notion of romantic love as the basis for our marital relationship." -page 116
He does say that this book is for those looking to get or are newly married; though I think it can help anyone. I love the "Pulling Weeds" chapter, about getting rid of "weeds" in our lives that can lead to marital failure.
I cannot even begin to express how much I loved this book. 5 out of 5!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Brianna5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Lasting LoveJune 1, 2016BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Lasting Love Alistair Begg presents a compelling argument for maintaining a lasting, healthy marriage relationship. He does not deny that all marriages will involve conflict and stress, but he also presents a hopeful approach to anticipating, dealing with, and moving on from marital turmoil. Lasting Love covers subjects related to pre-marriage, wedding ceremony, and marriage itself. This makes the book applicable to many people.
Begg emphasizes the role of both husband and wife in both marital success and marital struggle or failure. He reviews basic, important concepts that are often neglected out of lack of time, lack of attention, or apathy. Throughout Lasting Love Begg uses analogies, as well as a few real-life stories, to illustrate his points. This is helpful for readers who identify and learn from real experiences.
I appreciated Beggs bold and to-the-point writing style. However, some readers may find his writing style to be too blunt and harsh. Begg also holds a clearly conservative or traditional view of marriage and the roles of husband and wife. In todays age of relativism, some readers may be offended by Beggs theology, but Begg does not apologize or make excuses for this. He acknowledges cultural trends, but firmly holds his ground and defends his opinion based in Scripture. In my opinion, this is a bold statement that is actually refreshing in light of our current society and postmodern thought.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.