Must read for couples, or those struggling with relationships
May 26, 2015
This is a must read not only for couples-even if everything seems good now, marriage takes work and this will give you great suggestions, but a great resource for families that are struggling, for anyone struggling with relationships. It is an easy to read, and easy to follow list of things to do in order to get the relationships in your life in order. God first, and then others follow.
It is very easy to become so busy working for God in and outside of the church that we don't make time for God. We need to be connected to the source of life, or we become disconnected and satan sneaks in and then it's all downhill from there.
Peggy and Clint Bragg share from their own struggles, why they divorced and what led to that. But more importantly they share the hope and good news that even though 50% of people marrying today end up divorced there is in fact the opportunity for second chances if each gets their own relationship with God back on track.
There are stories shared from other couples whom have divorced and remarried, so there is definitely a need for this type of book, and one based on God, His Word and prayer.
Special to this book are QR codes to be scanned with your smart phone, which will bring you to video pod casts that will enhance the reading and learning in each and every chapter. Beyond just a bonus!!
You can, and may need to see a marriage counselor, but I believe you can pick up this book and start today to make some wonderful changes to your life and marriage. You don't need to do everything at once, but there are many tried and true ideas shared, so pick it up today, and see if you don't agree.
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Marriages can be mended and this book can help greatly!
April 26, 2015
It is hard work to reconcile a marriage after its been broken. What we need to understand is the choice to reconcile is only the beginning of that process. The good news is marriages can be mended! In their book, Marriage on the Mend, Clint & Penny Bragg help us understand how to reconcile a marriagebecause they did it. They give us insight into the common ups, downs, and barriers to that process. They share the biblical principles they saw and continue to follow. They also share the practical tools they learned and continue to use. Read this book. Study these principles and tools. Implement them in your life. And enjoy the bounty of a healthy marriage relationship. They did it. So can you.
One afternoon in the Spring of 2007, I could no longer continue working because I was too emotionally overwhelmed due to my separation and pending divorce. I began going through e-mails to delete ones I didn't need and came across a marriage blog from Christianity Today that had the hyperlink "second chance". Clicking on the link would change my life by leading me to Inverse Ministries started by Penny & Clint Bragg. The Biblical guidance and emotional support they gave me over the next five years helped prepare me for the miraculous restoration of my own marriage. One of the gifts they gave us at our wedding was an earlier edition of "Marriage on the Mend".
Clint & Penny's passion for helping couples dealing with marital strife is fully captured in the pages of this book. Their previous work as educators must have contributed to the thorough, insightful, and compelling guidance found in this faith-inspired resource. By sharing their own struggles and challenges in the weeks and months that followed their restoration, the reader is privileged to see how God worked with two imperfect people courageously facing their respective shortcomings and seek God's direction as they poured through the Scriptures to discern God's plan for their marriage and, thus, help us to do the hard work of building a Godly marriage on a strong Biblical foundation.
If you are expecting to find an easy fix for your marriage problems in this text, I would encourage you to look elsewhere. The Bragg's provide a number of helpful exercises, links to videos, and discussion questions which will take you into areas most couples find difficult to address. Yet it is these very areas that they bring to light that provide the catalyst for healthy change which will help those willing to do the work to discover the marriage God intended them to have. Using the Book of Nehemiah provided a great foundation for understanding what it takes to repair that which has been destroyed by our sin-centered lives and draw us into living the selfless sacrificial lives that can transform any broken, hurting relationship into a Christ-centered, love-filled marriage that can withstand the attacks life will inevitably throw our way.
The Bragg's incredible story of restoration after over a decade of separation demonstrates, once again, what an awesome, loving, and powerful God we have. The question is, "Are you willing to give it all to Him so that He can mold you and your marriage into the the Godly creation He intended it to be?"
A Golden Resource As You Begin the Hard Work of Reconciliation
April 20, 2015
We were blessed to have the first edition of this book not too long after we reconciled after a 16-month separation. The help we found within these pages was pure gold as we walked our reconciliation road for the first three to five years. We now have a ministry to couples and have recommended this book over and over again to them as an amazing resource to help build their marriages on a firm foundation of God with practical ways to do just that. Even if you are a couple who has not struggled to the degree many of us have, you will find ways to strengthen and enhance your marriage to make it even better. Penny and Clint are vulnerable and open as they share their journey of divorce and reconciliation, and how they allowed God to teach them how to have the marriage He wanted for them. They practice what they preach!
Marriage on the Mend is a book that will not only help couples but could also lend help for reconciliation for whole families in crisis.
Clint and Penny A. Bragg have paid their dues in hard work, study, application and more to bring us an example of God healing a marriage. I love the honesty of this couple. Transparency such as theirs is very seldom seen in the church and in the world.
For Clint and Penny to let the world know about the true intimate situations of their marriage and what led to their first breakup and then their remarriage is an awesome gift to us.
How interesting to me also were the QR codes that you can scan with a smart phone which were embedded within the chapters. They link you to free video pod casts which really enhance your reading experience. I love especially the pod cast themes starting with an introduction, prayer, roadblocks, discussions, margins, and also getting on the same page, which seems to be a common problem.
There is much wisdom given about blanketing your marriage in prayer. Sometimes that seems hard to carry out as we find ourselves in the daily "tyranny of the urgent" that life brings but this book includes excellent prayer prompts and sample prayers.
The marriage timeline suggested was the first thing that showed me that I was reading a well thought out book, similar to being in a counselor's office. Courageous conversations are an idea that I really need in my own marriage and elsewhere as how to handle conflict is something I struggle with personally. Some other things that I really needed was the Gradients of Agreement diagram, the sample of marriage standards and the book within a book with the Bible study on Nehemiah.
I wasn't sure what a marriage missionary was until I read this book and I must say that Clint and Penny Bragg represent the very best example in that category.
Although my husband and I have never separated or divorced life itself presents enough crises to interrupt the "happily ever after" that we all so long for. I feel that this book will surely be a companion for us for the rest of our lives.