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Happily Ever After: Finding Grace in the Messes of Marriage

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Thirty devotions for couples, written by thirteen staff and contributors to Desiring God. // Marriage between sinners has its inevitable messes. If you've been married longer than a week or two, you know how the hard realities of life in a fallen age can come crashing in. Perhaps you had a season of "once upon a time," but soon enough you realized that this marriage, in th ...more
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Published December 3rd 2016 by Desiring God (first published December 2016)
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Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this with my fiance and really enjoyed it. It covers the basics of marriage advice and theology. Lots of good reminders for us and it made us talk about different things that we hadn't thought of talking about. ...more
Kofi Opoku
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of good stuff.
Claire Sheats
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great reminder of how God designed marriage. There were several perspectives I’d not heard before on various aspects of a marriage; great food for thought. This would be a good resource for newlyweds, but it was a very helpful resource for myself even 7 years into marriage.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
30 short chapters. Some good stuff, excellent reminders and points to consider and pray and put in to practice.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My husband bought this as a kind of first anniversary present and I would highly recommend it to any couple however long you've been married. The chapters are very short and cover a wide variety of topics. I was a little skeptical about some of the chapter headings BUT it has been the springboard to some truly deep and thoughtful discussions between us which we wouldn't otherwise have had. It's helped us to understand each other better and more importantly this book has been with us through some ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The essays are of varying quality but most are excellent. The short chapters are perfect for small group discussion.
Aaron Lee
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Are you working on or toward your marriage this Valentine’s Day? When God brought our son Linus into our lives, we knew we would have to look out for our marriage as we learn to love each other more. Published for DesiringGod by Cruciform Press, Happily Ever After is a book filled with 30 devotions for couples about finding grace in the messes of marriage.

30 Devotions

Those who read DesiringGod will find a familiar list of contributors. Marshall Segal, David Mathis, and of course, John Piper are
Ben Zornes
Being a collection of short devotionals for couples, with various authors, giving a review is a mixed bag. Occasionally you reach in and grab your favorite candy bar. Next time, you reach in and find a Werthers Original from 1993 that's spent the last several decades under the back seat of Uncle Lester's car. In other words, some of these are really helpful insightful and useful for helping couples think biblically about marriage (i.e. husbands loving their wives sacrificially, wives submitting ...more
Mason E Searle
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
If you adore Ephesians 5, this is your devotional. Under the premise that it is written by many authors, you will discover most of it was written by John Piper and features enough other authors to market it as a collaboration. While I have nothing against John's ideas - many of which are great, I take issue with his word choices and sentence structures which can often be confusing and required multiple reasons to obtain clarity and understanding. That said, my wife and I worked through this toge ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book would be super helpful for newlyweds and for experienced married couples who might be counseling newlyweds or who are stuck in the everyday. The essays are to-the-point and constructed in a way that a couple doesn’t have to read them together. The discussion questions at the end of each essay are good starting places for more in-depth conversations but can also be taken as they are and still be worthwhile.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Good little book of thoughts/devotions for married couples. Some of the sections were not condensed very well - they tried to squeeze too much info into two pages and either didn’t have enough context or didn’t go deep enough. But they touched on some real issues that you normally don’t hear discussed, and have lots of practical examples, scriptural motivation, and questions to consider.
Lauren O'Neill
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best marriage devotional I’ve read. The talking points at the end of each were practical, and encouraged a depth of conversation which many marriage devotionals fall tremendously short of inspiring. It benefited us.
Miriam Valentini
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great 30-day devotion for couples. Some of the topics might be familiar to you, others may leave you learning something new. Either way, it's a great challenge to give yourself and your spouse, with quality content. ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent devotional book for married couples! It features chapters by highly respected authors that are short and sweet but very biblical. My favourite chapter was by Francis Chan- wow!! It blew my mind (in a good way!) His perspective on marriage is soooooo helpful!
Iain Hamill
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great series of marriage “devotions”/ reminders.

Particularly to not just give what you hope to receive and on being aware of the “battleground” and central mission of life.
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Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great format to read this book as a couple and discuss. Easy to get through, great variety of topics, solid theology.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Karla De Fernández
¡Excelente recurso para los matrimonios! Muy recomendable!!
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel Co

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