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Marriage That Works (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Even though, as a married man, I can and will benefit from Chip Ingram's newest book Marriage That Works, it's also for those who are single and waiting for their spouse. When I say this it's because of the fact of how do we maintain God's vision of holiness in our lives. Are we to maintain God's standards and yet fail to live as a holy and pleasing people to Him?

          I have to say through Chip's book and knowing my wife, Tanya, has heard of him and likes the way he teaches I thought I'd give him a chance. For me that's paid off big. I have been married to my wife for almost ten years. It may not have been an easy ten years, but they have been the best years of my life and I'm not sorry for her in the least. Through my marriage I can and have seen how far I have fallen short in my life and walk with God. So, it's surprising to me that when I see Chip say things like, "both people should submit to one another out of love and respect" (maybe not using those express words, but they are there), it means both people in marriage can be people God will use.

          That's part of the reason I haven't posted anything for some time this month. I wanted to not only have time to read this wonderful book, but to also implement some of those things towards my lovely wife. It's practical in what Chip writes. And it lets your spouse know where your heart is when you talk to her about your day, letting her know where you're at and how she can best pray for you. It's not always easy for me to share my heart, even with her, but doing so lets her know I'm willing to grow and even pray for her as well. Besides, it's a hallmark you want to grow with her in your walk with Christ.

          With all of that said, this is truly a great book. I loved the thoughts and the advice he gives as both a pastor and as a teacher. I can only hope that some day, God allows it, that I can be that same guy who helps others in their walks with Jesus Christ. So, overall, I would recommend this book highly to others who want a stronger marriage, and want to make their marriage holy in the eyes of God.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for a fair and honest review of the pages within it.

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