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I have read quite a few books on marriage during my 17 year marriage. Most of these books were read many years back out of sheer desperation and need. My marriage wasn't what I had hoped it would be and I knew we needed help. One way I found to get help was by reading Christian books on marriage.
I was excited when I had the chance to read “From This Day Forward” by Craig and Amy Groeschel. It has been too long since I have read a book about solidifying marriage. I know that my marriage is something I always need to be working on to keep it strong.
Craig and Amy Groeschel bring a lot of knowledge, insight and humor to the topic of marriage. This book is a very easy read. They bring you information in a way that doesn't feel like homework! The book is only 171 pages and I flew through it!
Craig outlines five commitments that he believes are critical to making a marriage fail-proof. After reading this book….I can honestly say that I believe that any couple willing to make these 5 commitments and actually follow through with the commitments…will be together till death do they part!
I don't want to give too much of the book away…but I will share my thoughts on each of the BIG FIVE!
Seek God…this is actually something that every Christian should be doing. Craig talks to us very bluntly about what our priorities should be as Christians and as spouses. One thing that Craig talks about that really struck me was the reality that our spouse won't ever “complete” us. Only God can complete us…. The world tells us to look for that one person who will complete us when we already have the ONE who will complete us…our Heavenly Father!
[tweetthis]I will always seek the ONE with my two! #FromThisDayForward[/tweetthis]
Fight Fair….well I can honestly say that this is an area that my husband and I still need to work on. Craig reminded me of what the Bible has to say about anger and my speech. The biggest thing I took away from this chapter was that I am always focused on winning the fight. That is the wrong focus! This chapter helped me realize that although everyone fights…there is a way to fight that can still honor God and my marriage!
[tweetthis]Unhealthy couples fight to win; Healthy couples fight toward resolution. #FromThisDayForward [/tweetthis]
Have Fun…this seems pretty easy and self-explanatory, but there is more to having fun than meets the eye! Craig points out that this area can be critical to long-term success in marriage! This chapter is probably the easiest for most couples to implement and guess what…it will be FUN!
[tweetthis]When you're married, fun is not a luxury; it's a requirement! #StrongMarriage[/tweetthis]
Stay Pure…this chapter may touch some nerves for both husbands and wives. This is a topic that people want to sweep under the rug. I admire Craig and Amy for being bold about an area that so many Christians aren't talking about!
[tweetthis]Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure… #FromThisDayForward[/tweetthis]
Never Give Up….our culture promotes never giving up for so many areas of life…except marriage. It is socially acceptable to give up on marriage. God wants us to fight against this wave of defeatism and NEVER GIVE UP! I am not willing to give up on my children, my faith, etc….why would I give up on a covenant I made with my husband?
[tweetthis]Marriage isn't a contract; it is a COVENANT before a Holy God. #FromThisDayForward[/tweetthis]
I honestly loved this book and gained a lot of insight into my own flaws as a wife and the areas that I need to work on. This book will be helpful to couples in any phase of marriage. I wish I had read, “From This Day Forward” PRIOR to getting married. I would have saved myself so much heartache and so many misconceptions about marriage. I would highly recommend this to singles!
As I was reading this book the importance of my wedding vows really stood out to me. I wanted to make something that would help me remember the vows I had said before God and my family and friends. I decided to make a printable that I could frame and use as a reminder! I want to share that printable with YOU!
If you click HERE you can download this free printable.
I will end by saying that I highly recommend that you read, “From This Day Forward“. You can find “From This Day Forward” and other books by Craig Groeschel HERE or at your local Family Christian store.
Have you read, “From This Day Forward“? I would love to hear your thoughts on it or on your favorite marriage book!