Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments
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Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments  -     By: Winston T. Smith

Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments

New Growth Press / 2010 / Paperback

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He snapped at her during breakfast. She brought up a past mistake. He walked out angry. She left without saying good-bye. An ordinary day in an ordinary marriage. But what if things could be different? In Marriage Matters, marriage counselor Winston T. Smith offers a simple yet powerful prescription for changing your marriage. He shows couples how to examine day-to-day interactions and see them from a different perspective. The principles in this book will take your marriage to extraordinary places and lead you into a deeper relationship with an extraordinary God. Don't settle for an ordinary marriage, learn to live out God's extraordinary love in your most intimate relationship.

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Title: Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments
By: Winston T. Smith
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 16 ounces
ISBN: 1935273612
ISBN-13: 9781935273615
Stock No: WW273610

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In Marriage Matters by Winston T. Smith, readers find a hopeful resource on the transcendent purposes of God at work in their marriages. This powerful, transformative book addresses the extraordinary way God works in the seemingly mundane moments in a marriage. By offering practical help and biblical insight, Marriage Matters helps couples consider their own expectations and reactions when things go wrong.

Change begins with seeing day-to-day interactions from a different perspective, taking simple steps to love each other more effectively, and then learning how to take those steps over and over again. Interactions that used to devolve into pointless annoyances and fights can become an opportunity for God's activity and love to become increasingly evident and powerful. The principles in this book will take your marriage to extraordinary places and lead you into a deeper relationship with an extraordinary God.

Don't settle for an ordinary marriage. Learn to live out God's extraordinary love in your most intimate relationship.

Author Bio

Winston T. Smith, MDiv, is the rector of St. Anne's Church, Abington, PA. He formerly served as faculty for the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation and taught Marriage Counseling at Westminster Seminary. He is the author of the book and curriculum Marriage Matters and the minibooks Divorce Recovery, Help for Stepfamilies, Help! My Spouse Committed Adultery, The Problem with Masturbation, Who Does the Dishes?, and Burned Out.

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Marriage is not always easy. In fact, at times, it can be downright difficult and painful. What we often forget is that marriage can also be a very effective tool for spiritual transformation and for Christian witness. Winston T. Smith, in his book Marriage Matters, reminds us of this very important truth.

Smith's primary thesis is that God can use the ordinary moments of our marriages to grow us spiritually, to draw us closer to God, and to help us to heal the more profound problems that become stumbling blocks in our marriage relationships. Instead of waiting for our marriages to be healed by dramatic turning points, or with some instant insight, we need to be honest and reflective enough to allow God to slowly make our marriages better through baby steps toward love born in the routines of our everyday lives. Smith states it this way,

The path to change in your marriage is built on this truth: God is involved in every moment of your marriage. In that sense, there are no ordinary moments, only moments of God’s activity, of which you may or may not be aware, and in which you may or may not chose to participate. (p.8)

Marriage Matters goes on to say that problems in our own marriages can often be helped, as we look at ourselves and see our side of the conflicts as failures to love. Then we need to take steps to make our actions and attitudes more loving. This is a profoundly a spiritual issue, says Smith, because loving God and others is basic to Christian discipleship. When we place ourselves or other things as a priority over loving God and loving others we are sinning, and perhaps even worshiping and idol. It is at these moments, Smith argues, that we need to come back to our spiritual center for the sake of our marriage.

The rest of the book flows out of this foundation. Smith asserts that living in this truth will improve a couple's communication and sex lives, and grow their openness, honesty, and happiness with one another. I think I agree with him.

This is a book that will be especially helpful for folks feeling stuck in their marriages and looking for a way to move forward instead of repeating the same unhappy cycles. It will also be a wonderful vehicle for growth, as readers discover that their marriage is an opportunity for God to transform our souls more and more in His image. – Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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