Your Marriage Masterpiece: Transform Your Relationship Through God's Amazing DesignAl JanssenBethany House / 2016 / Trade Paperback$1.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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Laura Rene4 Stars Out Of 5Pretty goodMarch 15, 2017Laura ReneQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This was a good book but not a great book for me. I fluctuated in my opinion through it actually. Some chapters I would be engrossed and think "YES! The world needs to read this!" and other chapters I would skim and feel like I've read similar things before. (Maybe I need to spend more time focusing on my marriage itself instead of reading books about it-- haha ;) ). A few things I liked: the book is a companion resource to The Family Project DVD by Focus on the Family. My husband and I LOVE that course/project, particularly the movie Irreplaceable (about the necessary connections of love/sex/marriage/children and how disconnecting those has broken down the family). I appreciate how much FotF has done and continues to do to promote healthy marriages and families. This book is definitely included in that effort. I liked the real-life stories of marriage. I liked the study guide included. I even liked the Biblical imagination narratives woven throughout, showing us how we are to mirror God's "marriage" to us in our marriages (very Catholic). I did not care for: some of the Biblical narratives were cheesy or took too much artistic liberty for my taste. I felt that the flow of the book was somewhat slow and didn't keep my attention. Overall, a good book on marriage but not one of the top five on that subject that I would recommend to someone.
Jani417MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God's Masterpiece for Your MarriageNovember 6, 2016Jani417MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Janssen begins by stating the obvious fact that over recent years, marriage has been devalued, disrespected, and, in some cases, dispensed with as unnecessary. He shows readers over and over how precious and valued a marriage should be, using angel stories and biblical readings to illustrate his points.
Janssen draws parallels and makes comparisons between Gods Covenant with his people and human marriage. He stresses the fact that marriage is a lifelong commitment in which both partners and God, as third partner, devote themselves to one another in love. Just as Jesus took His church as His bride and paid the price with His life, spouses must be ready to sacrifice for one another to build something bigger than both of them that is pleasing to God.
Even for readers who have happy marriages, there are wonderful perspectives to be learned from this book. Janssen offers unique ways of looking at the marriage covenant, beginning with Adam and Eve and throughout history to the present.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required. All opinions are my own. I strongly recommend it to newlyweds, newly engaged Christian couples and all married couples.
Jane5 Stars Out Of 5Your Marriage MasterpieceOctober 23, 2016JaneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I usually like to read books about marriage with my husband; it seems more helpful if you learn things together. However, I have been reading Your Marriage Masterpiece by Al Janssen this month, on my own, because I can read faster that way than in tandem. That being said, I am going to add it to the stack of marriage books that my man and I must read together.
I love the premise of this book, "...at the end of the day our marriages are not about us...they are about glorifying Jesus Christ. Your marriage and my marriage do matter to God, our churches, our communities, and ultimately our culture, because marriage - biblical marriage - is God's first line of defense of the gospel." I have been thinking about the testimony of a good marriage since I first heard this idea at a marriage retreat, and this gem of a book traces the importance of a marriage through the Scriptures.
The author uses stories, both true and fictional, to illustrate the covenant of marriage, and the relationship between the lover and the beloved. Some of my favorite parts of the book are where he takes a psalm, or other portion of scripture and makes it come alive as an intimate conversation between God and man. Psalm 139 is one such "conversation," looking at scripture this way teaches how to use God's word to become intimate with Him, and in so doing it provides a pattern to becoming intimate with our spouse.
This book addresses the hard things in marriage, because it addresses the root of conflict in marriage - selfishness. When our marriages are contrasted against the perfect, selfless, and unfailing covenant that God has made with us, our failings become glaringly obvious. And yet, the example of what marriage should be is set forth by the one who gives us the power to show forth the same example in our own marriages. His example, his precedent for marriage, is that its meaning "is not found by pursuing happiness or self-fulfillment. Meaning in marriage is discovered by practicing self-sacrifice."
There are few things more beautiful to behold than a godly marriage; the reason being a godly marriage is a reflection of God himself. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to shape their marriage after the marriage of God to his people, of Christ to his church.
Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A different, but good, perspectiveOctober 18, 2016reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Transform Your Relationship Through God's Amazing Design.
This book is really not like any others I have ever read on marriage and I enjoy reading books on marriage. It was good. It was not a list of dos and dont's and how to love your wife and respect your husband, etc.
Al approached it in a completely different way than I have ever thought about marriage and God, etc. He viewed that story in Genesis where God made the covenant with Abraham where He walked through the animals as God marriage to us. And then approached the book as looking at how God loved Israel and how He did relationships with them to how we should do marriage. It was an interesting approach. About every other chapter was a vignette either from an angel's perspective or a Biblical marriage or a modern take on a Biblical story to emphasize the point he wanted to bring out.
I think the biggest takeaway for me from this book is marriage is not about my happiness. It's about my husband and I doing life together with God. It's a three-fold-cord so to speak. God sacrificed His Son for us, I am called to sacrifice my wants and wishes for my husband. I am called to submit to him all because of Christ's example.
Marriage is a covenant relationship, not something you back out of if the going gets rough. You have to view it as being for life. There is no other option and I think then we are more likely to give it our best as well. It is too easy today to just find another spouse rather than making it work. I really appreciated the emphasis Al put on marriages being a covenant and there is no room for divorce in a covenant marriage.
We are showcasing Christ to the world in the way that we do marriage, let's make it a positive show.
I enjoyed this book. It was given me by the publisher. By receiving the book, I am consenting to write a review that honestly reflects my opinions and thoughts.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring!October 13, 2016Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ive read several great marriage books, but what stands out about this one is how inspirational it is. Others are better in explaining key Bible teaching on marriage, and yet others in practical detail, but this one stands out in making you want to be what you should be in your marriage and fulfill Gods will in showing grace.
Janssen clearly excels in creative writing. The book is a joy to read. He uses Bible stories and personal marriage vignettes to make his point. In his Bible stories, he stretches some of them a little beyond what the text can bear, but he makes some great points too. His use of Adam and Eve was his best and most thought provoking.
One of the things that he gives us that I find too often missing is his call to sacrifice in our marriages as our Lord does for us. He believes in protection from gross abuse and practicing tough love in serious situations, but he compels us to sacrifice in our relationship. Sacrifice can feel like pain at times, but that is exactly too what the Lord has done. So many run when loving endurance would not only have honored the Lord, but also likely yielded a great marriage. Simply sticking it out helps many as most couples who dedicate themselves to the marriage, usually rate their marriage great five years later. Selfishness makes many run. For example, he uses Hosea and Gomer, as well as a modern-day Hosea and Gomer to well make his point. (Chapter 14 is riveting).
This turns out to be an updated edition, but somehow I missed the earlier one. In any event, it is a jewel.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.