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What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy?
All of these are important, but there's one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.
Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.
Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.
About the Author:
Dorothy Greco and her husband, Christopher, have spent their entire twenty-five-year marriage helping men and women create and sustain healthy marriages. They have served numerous churches in the Greater Boston area for thirty years. Dorothy's writing has been featured in "Relevant Magazine," "Christianity Today," "Sojourners," and "Her.meneutics." She is a regular contributor for "Gifted for Leadership," "Today's Christian Woman," and "Start Marriage Right." The Grecos have three sons and live near Boston.
Just like any other marriage book with insight and advice, it takes more than just reading the words. You've got to actually apply the principles to your relationship. Jason and I have been married almost fifteen years and things are mighty fine between us, but I'm all for taking tips on how to keep our marriage strong.
Told from a Christian standpoint, Making Marriage Beautiful is insightful and interesting. Some books in this format are dry or use flashy words. This book isn't dumbed down, but is written so that people will want to read it and actually apply what's being told. Several areas of marriage and relationships are covered. For instance, this book goes over the importance of self-awareness, the five anger-based responses, what Jesus teaches us about becoming better listeners, and how suffering leads to love. Narratives from different couples tell how they've failed and/or recovered in marriage.
At the end of each chapter is a section that allows the reader to go deeper by thinking about and answering questions. I really enjoyed that part because it made me delve deeper in to my actions and behaviors regarding my marriage and my relationship with Jesus.