All marriages face seasons of distress and frustration—times when thanks to a variety of factors you don’t feel as close as you once were. Bestselling author and longtime FamilyLife Today cohost Bob Lepine helps you work through the challenges that emerge in every marriage, causing couples to become isolated and alienated. He helps you make the adjustments necessary to build the kind of marriage God intends for you to have and encourages you back on the path to oneness.
Build a Stronger Marriage – the Path to Oneness is author Bob Lepine’s guide for any marriage. As part of New Growth Press’s ‘Ask the Counselor’ Series, Build a Stronger Marriage is a comprehensive and structured guide that feels like professional counseling sessions.
Lepine systematically examines the status of the marriage, beginning with an exploration of the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the current state, then progressing to the hopeful future of healing and restoration. In addition to Lepine’s professionalism, his Christian focus promotes keeping God at the center of the marriage.
Build a Stronger Marriage challenges readers to take a hard look in the mirror if they want change in their marriage. Lepine questions, “What if the issue is not your spouse but your scars?” He calls both partners to task for making improvements but also helps each individual realize the magnitude that their individual contributions can have, positively or negatively, on their marriage.
Lepine works through the necessary topics of anger and forgiveness. He takes particular care to explain what forgiveness is and what it isn’t – especially in the case of unrepentant or abusive relationships.
There’s no quick fix for most marriages. Build a Stronger Marriage provides thought-provoking questions to help readers work through their specific issues. These “Practical Steps for Real Change” offer readers a path to an improved marriage.
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Who would benefit from this book
The focus of Build a Stronger Marriage is marriages that are struggling. But don’t all marriages struggle in one way or another? As good as my own marriage is, it can always use improvement! As I said to my husband when I was describing my takeaways from this book, “If our marriage is a 9, why not shoot for 10?” With that in mind, anyone interested in improving their marriage, no matter the starting point, would benefit from this book.
How this book affected me
As good as I consider my marriage, we’re the same as everyone else. We have repetitive issues that boil to the surface every once in a while. We’re not on the same page all the time. We disappoint each other and count on being forgiven – often. We’re humans. One tidbit I realized from this book is that scars from my brother’s death when we were children impacts my marriage. There were many other tidbits that are good reminders of how to treat each other, no matter the circumstances. This book inspired me to take a closer look in the mirror and commit to improving my marriage even more.
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