I first read this book when George and I were talking seriously about marriage. We read it together as a study after a year of marriage. The book is broken into chapters that are only a few pages with thought/discussion questions at the end. Perfect for a weekly study. It's what got us started on praying together every night. Something else I recommend for every married couple.
Filled with good advice for any marriage, this study style book is broken into short chapters. Each one deals with a different subject, money, sex, in-laws, etc. and includes discussion questions at the end. Some information is repetitive, but still relevant. The big themes are respect, love, making Christ the center of your marriage and letting go of selfish desires.
I enjoyed reading this book even though my husband didn't read it with me. I shared a few things with him here and there, which is kind of how I felt about the book. I marked a few things to reference when things come up but some of it was so "planned" and we are just not like that. Overall, being five years into marriage and finally reading this, I just liked it.
A lot of useful information about how to get through struggles and how to build on appreciating one's spouse. A lot of emphasis on communication. The author views marital conflict as something inevitable but has reassures that they could be placated through the right approach.
FROM FAMILY LIFE WEBSITE: Dennis Rainey is president, CEO and cofounder of FamilyLife, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Since the organization began in 1976, Dennis' vibrant stewardship has enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry that offers families blueprints for living godly lives.
Dennis has written and co-written more than a dozen books including Staying Close, whFROM FAMILY LIFE WEBSITE: Dennis Rainey is president, CEO and cofounder of FamilyLife, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Since the organization began in 1976, Dennis' vibrant stewardship has enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry that offers families blueprints for living godly lives.
Dennis has written and co-written more than a dozen books including Staying Close, which was selected in 1990 as the outstanding book on marriage and family. He has also received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He also serves as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series®.
A powerful and effective communicator, Dennis can be heard daily as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today™. For his work in radio, Dennis was the recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award twice. Dennis has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Dennis has spoken not only at FamilyLife Conferences across the United States and internationally, but also for Promise Keepers events, YPO University, Fellowship Forum and at FamilyLife's I Still Do® and Rekindling the Romance® events. He has testified on family issues before Congress and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN, Life Today, Marriage Today, and FamilyLife Canada's Marriage Uncensored.
Dennis earned a degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in Biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Trinity Evangelical University and Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Dennis and Barbara have been married for 35 years and live near Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children and more than a dozen grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis can be found hunting or fishing. ...more