1. Preparing Your Heart for Marriage: Devotions for Engaged Couples
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    Preparing Your Heart for Marriage: Devotions for Engaged Couples
    Gary Thomas
    Zondervan / 2018 / Hardcover
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  1. Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly Recommend for Engaged Couples
    December 12, 2018
    Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So recently Gary Thomas released this devotional. It is for 30 days prior to marriage and has a day of the wedding devotional for both the bride and the groom. What I love is that the devotions are not expected to be read by just one person, they are expected to be read by both the bride and the groom. AND there are reflection questions for them to discuss. Also, the devotions are about 3 pages each. The devotions are broken down into 3 groups: God's Plan for marriage, Preparing for your vows, & The wedding vows. If you look below at the photos, you'll see the titles of each devotional in each section. One thing to note is that Gary Thomas is addressing the marriage, not the wedding. He isn't addressing the literal wording of the vows BUT the meaning behind those vows and what it looks like in action. He's addressing engaged couples' headspace going into marriage. He's giving them a tool to help them succeed. To know that marriage is full of forgiveness and grace and service unto each other.

    This back cover captivated me because it made me think, was I spiritually ready for marriage when I got married 8 1/2 years ago? Honestly no. I was not ready on spiritually and while I thought I was ready emotionally, I actually was not. And because of that, my marriage suffered a bit under my immaturity. There are days now, when it still may suffer from my attitude.

    So I recommend this book along with good godly pre-marital counselling (preferably by a neutral party).

    {As always, I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}
  2. NJ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect for Engaged Couples!
    December 10, 2018
    Nay Denise
    NJ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Beautiful devotions for engaged couples! As I am engaged to my son's father, this book was perfect for me. I enjoy this book so much that I plan to read until I get married. This book is beautiful in and of itself as a white hardcover with pops of red. The colors remind me of a love and purity so I think it was a perfect combination.

    This devotional book is split into three parts: God's plan for marriage, preparing for your vows and the wedding vows. I like that is broken down this way because it gives insight on each aspect prior to the wedding day. Each devotion is a couple of pages on insight on a topic and core scripture, contains a prayer and then discussion questions to really get the couple thinking about their lives together.

    The discussion questions (questions for reflection) are what I truly love most from the book because it allows my fiance and I to really think about our lives as individuals coming into a marriage and as a couple. The questions really make you think. Their are a questions ranging from positive influences to sex in marriage to negative habits and more.

    This probably one of the best engaged couples devotionals I've ever seen and read. I truly love this book and all it offers. I also enjoy the black and white photos thrown through out the book. Great read and I highly recommend it!
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