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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: Craig and Amy Groeschel's From this Day Forward

Maybe the book, Real Marriage, inspired this. I don't recommend Driscoll's, but I would say this one is at least stronger and worth reading over that one. This one is helpful if you didn't take a premarital counseling course before marriage or you're not married yet. Otherwise, you might have heard these same, and GREAT principles to include in your marriage in counseling, or learned the hard way.

Summary: Whether you're planning on marrying, or you're already married it's never too late to plan to fail-proof your marriage. These practical commitments can easily be managed into what are already busy lives. Craig Groeschel tries to be understanding to all circumstances as well, no matter what trial your marriage might be going through. He even uses his own personal circumstances to add insight to the book, and experience he knows about.

I want to start with the positive, and that is regardless of who you are, these are good things to know for your marriage, and no matter how serious the problem you're encountering the advice offered can be incorporated into whatever the circumstance.

Also, the couple is honest, and they don't hide that marriage has moments that need to be worked through, and they use their own experience to share how they've learned and incorporated their own advice into their life. These are great elements to include, and they do make the book seem realer.

Now for some things that kept me about halfway back from fully delving into the book, and becoming excited about what they were saying. The advice is general. That works great to reach to a broad audience, but imagine you are in a serious situation with your spouse right now, maybe you've just lost a child, someone has committed adultery, or even the fact that your spouse is abusive or neglectful in some way. It's difficult to touch on these issues, which he tries, but it can seem not involved and a bit dangerous to offer advice through a book on such serious topic issues that need to be addressed in counseling at least. A spouse shouldn't be seeking a book on how to deal with those issues.

I also assume with most books and marketing there is a target audience behind who will buy the book. I could be wrong, but I think most of us can assume the base of the audience will be females, and then from there perhaps Christian females, their race, and the age group. My main point is we know mainly females will buy this book, and that is okay. My point is why does Amy have such a little part in the back of each chapter when the main audience will be females?  I felt as a female, a lot of stereotypes were being applied to men and women, and there was no deeper understanding to either. I understand that most these personality traits and faults can be attributed to the majority of the people, including me, but do females have to be so predictably nagging and insecure? Do men have to be predictably shallow and dense?

I want to repeat that I do think the advice offered is sound at least. They are true ways to build your marriage and practice your relationship. They are obviously talking to one side of the relationship though, most likely a woman. I guess the only way to sum up the book, I didn't walk away feeling inspired to be better as me, or in my marriage, but more so reminded of what I need to continue to do in my marriage. Don't get me wrong, it's great to be reminded, but I like a bit more depth.  Would it be worth some people to buy? If it helps, it helps you, and that makes it worth it. For me, I've come across what this book was saying before, particularly premarital counseling, which was great to go into marriage with the knowledge of. If it's knowledge you've been missing, then by any means pick it up.

This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review.

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