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Publication Date: 2010
Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle.
Everyones marriage morphs into something they didnt intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. You need changed expectations, you need radical commitments, and, most importantly, you need grace.
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a best-selling author and the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He also serves as the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. Tripp is the author of numerous books related to the Christian life and pastoral ministry, including Whiter Than Snow, Dangerous Calling, and Sex and Money.
At once deeply theological and practically relevant, this is one of the top books on marriage I have ever read. Paul Tripp allows readers to examine marriage through a biblical lens so that we understand how God can graciously heal our hurting homes. As a pastor, I will implore our people to read this book as soon as it is available.
Chris Brauns, author, Unpacking Forgiveness; Pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Iliinois
What Ive come to expect from Paul Tripp is consistently deep, transparent, biblical, wise, practical, gospel-driven counsel. Rather than muddying the water with self-focused strategies designed to meet our ever-multiplying needs, Paul, as the seasoned soul-physician he is, correctly diagnoses our problems and provides the curehumble faith in Jesus Christ. I wasnt disappointed. You wont be either.
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross
Paul Tripp brings many years of counseling, growth as a husband, and deepening discovery of the liberating power of grace to this realistic and challenging guide to Gods engagement in redeeming marriages that are threatened by complacency, misunderstanding, and selfishness. The Bibles message of the humbling and healing power of Christs mercy and the powerful presence of his Spirit in our homes comes through loud and clear. The daily practicality of gospel doctrine is made crystal clear by Tripps transparency about his personal missteps in becoming a Christ-reflecting husband and the many examples of couples who have discovered that they are sinners married to sinners. But that the third, divine Party in marriage gives hope and change when unrealistic expectations are shattered and when we confront our sin. But be warned: Tripps diagnostic questions are downright uncomfortable. Even those with strong marriages by Gods grace will find their deep tendencies toward self-coronation challenged!
Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
Paul Tripp issues a challenge for couples to roll up their sleeves, get to work, and do what it takes to build a God-honoring relationship. He presents six commitments for couples to make, and contained within each is insightful, practical, and effective advice on how to construct a loving, growing, grace-soaked marriage.
Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women's Studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
This unique book introduces a biblical and practical approach to those realities that is rooted in God's faithfulness and Scripture's teaching on sin and grace. "Spouses need to be reconciled to each other and to God on a daily basis," Tripp declares. "Since we're always sinners married to sinners, reconciliation isn't just the right response in moments of failure. It must be the lifestyle of any healthy marriage."
What Did You Expect? presents six practical commitments that give shape and momentum to such a lifestyle. These commitments, which include honestly facing sin, weakness, and failure; willingness to change; and embodying Christ's love, will equip couples to develop a thriving, grace-based marriage in all circumstances and seasons of their relationship.
pbcook5 Stars Out Of 5Not your Typical Marriage ManualAugust 31, 2014pbcookQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is not the typical marriage book. Tripp spends a large portion of the book discussing specific examples of what happens when couples do not spend the time necessary to make sure a marriage will not fail. As he says a good marriage is a good marriage because the people in that marriage work to make it good. Combining two sinners together will result in problems if they are not diligent to deal with these issues proactively instead of waiting until it is too late. Grace is the key ingredient and without it, a marriage will inevitably be more difficult.
It is an easy book to read. There are dozens of instructive and practical stories and examples that keep the reader moving through the book. Every person reading it will be able to identify with some of the stories as they are reminded of similar occurrences in their own life and marriage. It was enjoyable to read and very beneficial as the author expounded on the realities of marriage in detail. Overall, this book is rooted firmly in Scripture and I highly recommend it to be read by all people who seek a better understanding of the realities of marriage.
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