Making Marriage Beautiful: Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start with You
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Through grounded faith, humor, and disarming candor, Dorothy Greco equips readers to build flourishing, Christ-centered marriages that last a lifetime. A wedding binds together two imperfect people who cannot completely satisfy each other's expectations. How they respond to the inevitable conflicts and disappointments determines the kind of marriage they will have. Making Marriage Beautiful provides wisdom, encouragement, and hope, whether you've been married four weeks or forty years.

At the end of each chapter is a "Going Deeper" section with questions for reflection or small group discussion.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781414083
ISBN-13: 9780781414081

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What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy? All of these are important, but there’s one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.

Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.

Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.

Author Bio

Dorothy Greco and her husband, Christopher, have spent their entire twenty-five-year marriage helping men and women create and sustain healthy marriages. They have served numerous churches in the Greater Boston area for thirty years. Dorothy's writing has been featured in Relevant MagazineChristianity TodaySojourners, and Her.meneutics. She is a regular contributor for Gifted for LeadershipToday's Christian Woman, and Start Marriage Right. The Grecos have three sons and live near Boston.

Editorial Reviews

"Making Marriage Beautiful is full of goodness and truth, and is one of the wisest and most comprehensive books on marriage I've ever read."

"With wise and winsome words reflecting decades of ministry experience, Dorothy Greco offers deep yet extremely practical ways to build a Christ-honoring, thriving relationship. This book will speak life-changing truth straight into the heart of your marriage."

"A remarkably honest and profoundly wise road map for real marriage-the kind that survives relational ups and downs, twists and turns, disappointments and doubts long enough for even a 'mismatched' couple to become a beautiful reflection of the life-changing, love-giving Christ. Greco paints this real-marriage landscape with uncanny skill, deft insight, and fearless power. Five stars!"

"With careful precision, Dorothy Greco examines the complexities, pain, and beauty inherent in our marriages and guides us chapter by hope-filled chapter into the wisdom needed to cultivate marriages that overflow with love and beauty."

"I tend to avoid marriage books. Often, their idealism sends me into the sloughs of 'guilt' and 'despond.' Not Greco's book. She offers an honest, literate, and biblical marriage playbook that is as inspiring as it is doable. Because of this lovely book, I'll be looking for outbursts of beauty in marriages everywhere. Even in mine."

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Potentially Marriage-Changing Read
    February 16, 2017
    Stacey
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    First, I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to Dorothy Littell Greco and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Making Marriage Beautiful" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

    "Making Marriage Beautiful" by Dorothy Littell Greco is an enlightening and encouraging read. Greco writes a transparent book that will make you laugh and think and pray and recognize the things in ourselves that need to change. You will learn or be reminded of positive behaviors that enhance and strengthen relationships.

    This book would make a great shower gift for the bride because it will help her plan and pray for and work toward the marriage she wants with deliberate action. It is also a great gift for the single gal who would like to marry someday and the already married woman who is ready to take on some home improvement projects. This book is not a cure for a bad marriage, but it will open your eyes to how your actions, words and decisions affect your marriage and your husband. A potentially life-changing read.
  2. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a must-read for all couples
    February 11, 2017
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent book that I highly recommend for couples to read, whether they are engaged and planning to be married or they have been married for a few years, or married for many years. Dorothy begins with this book with stating that she is not a marriage expert and her marriage is not perfect; however she and her husband are committed to making their marriage work and they have counseled many couples throughout the year. This is just the beginning of her honesty and her heart that is shared throughout this entire book. Marriage is a lot of work, but it can be so wonderful and Dorothy addresses so many things in this book that may cause disappointments and tension between husband and wife. I love how the author shares her own personal stories and also little tidbits from others and wisdom from other authors, books and things that she has learned throughout the years. The Nonnegotiables and Choosing Joy chapters are my favorite, even though I enjoyed the entire book and found it to be packed with so much and such an overall encouraging book to read.
  3. Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource for couples
    February 7, 2017
    Madeover
    Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The authors suggested couples read and study this book. Don't let that scare you off. My wonderful husband isn't one to pick up this kind of book. Maybe yours isn't either.

    As women we are wired to have a desire to Making our Marriage(s) Beautiful. Our husbands are too but in a different way. I applaud the husband that will take the step and read and respond to to this powerful resource.

    As a woman who does have a desire to be a Godly woman and helpmeet for my husband I am always looking for God's help and am open to any resource at my disposal.

    Making Marriage Beautiful is that resource. Written in an easy to read format I was engaged and eager to read each part. I liked that the sections within the chapters were short.

    I find myself catching snippets of time to read and I think that most women are like that.

    Each section can be read in a few minutes. But a wealth of information is within.

    Personally I liked that the author interviewed other couples and shared their stories and their solutions to their own personal struggles.

    This is a book that I would recommend to any couple that has a desire to grow together in the way that God intends.

    This is a book that would be a great resource for a church library.

    I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    You cannot read this book and not be challenged
    January 30, 2017
    Karen S.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are some powerful truths and material here that is truly a great starter for transforming one's marriage. Through Dorothy's transparency and insightfulness, she helps you explore your own limitations with shame and other struggles that can weigh down a marriage. You will be challenged as you read - there are questions after each chapter that are great to take a deeper look at your marriage with Jesus at the center. I look forward to making my marriage more beautiful especially since my 10th year anniversary is this year!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Marriage Beautiful Takes Hard Work, But Greco Shows It's Worth It
    January 13, 2017
    AmusingMom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I haven't read a marriage book as honest and deep as this one since "As For Me and My House" by Walter Wangerin. Greco doesn't give just cutesy suggestions for spending time with your spouse. She encourages readers to take a hard look at themselves, their past, and their hangups and how each might be getting in the way of having a more beautiful marriage. For example, this is just one line that stood out to me: "when we have the same conflicts over and over again, it's likely that there is something deeper going on that will provide an opportunity for healing if we can stop reacting and start exploring what's driving our broken patterns."

    This isn't a quick read. But it's an important one. What also pleased me about this book is that it wasn't written by a man (why is it that if a marriage book isn't written by a couple, it has to be written by only men), but by a woman. And while, with permission, she shares some of her husband's struggles, she does so with grace and compassion. Greco also includes other couples' stories as illustrations.

    In full disclosure: I received a advance reading copy of this book from the author.
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