DARING PROMISE, A by Richard Gaillardetz
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Feeling close to God is easy on your wedding day, but what about when tough times come? This book, praised by reviewers everywhere, explores the spirituality of marriage in a way that is humorous, true to experience, and doctrinally sound. Timely suggestions for how a Christian couple can strengthen their marriage.
Three things, Gaillardetz says, make sustaining married life difficult:
He shares both humorous and serious vignettes from his own married life and also draws on the wisdom of many others to explain the demands of a covenant that requires commitment to another flawed person. He says that Christian marriage is difficult and demanding—an ascetical lifestyle. It is not what many couples envision.
- choosing a spouse in our consumer society can be seen sometimes as choosing a commodity;
- having our needs met is emphasized in our current therapy culture and we sometimes marry to get our needs met;
- love portrayed in the media suggests there's one "right" person out there.
His underlying tongue-in-cheek/whimsical theme is "You always marry the wrong person." Spouses face the challenges and joys of living life, at times, with a "stranger." He provides a spirituality of marriage that sustains your relationship during those difficult times when you look into the "abyss. "
Reviewed by Emilie Griffin in America magazine.
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