Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage - Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Family Christian.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
The choices you make each and every day determine not only your relationship with God but also the quality of your marriage. The decisions you make today will determine the marriage you will have tomorrow.

In From This Day Forward, you will discover five commitments that will absolutely fail-proof your marriage:

Seek God
Fight fair
Have fun
Stay pure
Never give up

If you and your spouse will earnestly commit to do all five of these things, you ll discover a richer, deeper, more authentic relationship and a more rewarding, more passionate love life. Don't be a statistic. Don't be average. Let's get you the marriage you've always wanted.

My Review:

Jason and I have been married for twelve years.  The beginning was rocky.  Our communication skills were rough, we were raising six kids, he didn't have God in his life, and I didn't have a strong focus on God.  It was a recipe for disaster, and divorce.

These last four years of our marriage have been stronger than ever.  We've learned to talk effectively to each other, take time out for ourselves, and have a strong relationship with God.  Our marriage isn't perfect, but I can honestly say I'm committed to staying in it with Jason and I'm more in love with him than ever before.

From This Day Forward, written by Craig and Amy Groeschel who are leaders of LifeChurch.tv, is a guide to help couples (and single people) work towards and obtain a marriage as it's intended to be.  The book focuses on five commitments and explains how they can be applied to a marriage.  The book is mainly told by Craig's point-of-view, with Amy telling her perspective at the end of each chapter.

While I believe that not all marriages can be made fail-proof, I do believe that the five commitments outlined in this book can help couples if they apply them to their lives.  I read this book in one sitting, and found it to have valuable information to build on a firm marriage foundation.  It's written in a way that makes it applicable to people of all walks of life, and is quoted with scripture to show how God intends a marriage to be.

The 'Seek God' commitment stresses that God should come first in life and that partners should do things together that show their love for God.  For instance, it suggests that couples should pray together, and often.  Jason and I have been doing that for a few months now anyway, and I believe it's helped strengthen our marriage.

The 'Fight Fair' commitment verbalizes that couples should fight to come to a resolution, not to always be right.

The 'Have Fun' commitment explains that couples need to carve time out of their lives to have fun together.

The 'Stay Pure' commitment talks about how sexual immorality can creep into our lives and how we can avoid it.

The 'Never Give Up' commitment pronounces that marriage vows should be take seriously and we shouldn't be so quick to give up when things aren't going exactly as we want.

One book is not going to save a marriage but I feel that From This Day Forward is a valuable teaching tool that can help couples accomplish a happier, healthier marriage.

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28 comments:

Karis said...

Getting married this summer - and definitely want to start our marriage the right way. I would love to win this book!

Suburban prep said...

I have been married for 16 years as of this past November.

Renee said...

March will be anniversary 14.

katja9_10 said...

Yes, I have been married for 14 years now.

Les Johnson

Xty C said...

I am 6 years married

Shakeia Rieux said...

No I am not married but I've been married before

jodi9507 said...

I am engaged and we are getting married in September :)

Leela said...

Yes, I'm married.

Nancy said...

Yes, I am married.

Nancy
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that's a thought said...

I have been married for 31 years.

renata said...

I'm engaged - soon to be married so this book is perfect for me!

Ray said...

I've been married 34 years

G said...

I'm married for 37 years so far and counting!

slb3334 said...

I'm not but would pass the book on.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I'm not, but soon will be.
Brittney House

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I have been married for 43 years.

Lisa Ann said...

I've been married for 25 years.

Tommy Beyer said...

married

Shappie said...

not yet!

Tyneisha said...

Hopefully getting married next year!

Screw Lucy said...

single

Paige Canfield said...

Married as of now!

Rebecca Moore said...

We've been married 14 years...a lifetime to some people

Melissa B. said...

I've been married 22 years.

Holly Kennedy said...

I'm recently engaged.

epblack said...

I am married...going on 20 years.

Buddy Garrett said...

I am married.

lilyk said...

I'm in a domestic partnership.