Mr. And Mrs. How To Thrive In A Perfectly Imperfect Marrige

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Don’t be fooled, marriage is hard work and it’s never perfect, so who better to write a Christian marriage advice book than Kurt Bubna, author of Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot, and pastor of Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Bubna has a unique style of weaving personal stories with biblical principals that I find so refreshing. And it’s his willingness to open up about his personal experiences that make this book so special.

The book opens with the best explanation of the difference between a “contract marriage” and a “covenant marriage” that I have ever read. “A contract marriage is rigid, unkind, impatient, and demanding. A covenant marriage gives the grace and freedom we each need to grow and develop”. Bubna expands on this one example and if this was the only chapter you read, your marriage is on its way to being stronger than it ever has been.

Bubna continues on to other topics including communication, conflict, what men want, what women want, and yes, sex. He dives into each topic with honesty, truth, and personal experience. No topic is sidestepped, glossed over, Bubna delivers with a raw straightforwardness that makes this book such a vital tool in strengthening a perfectly imperfect marriage.

Bubna also included some very valuable resources that will strengthen any relationship, Marriage Communication Inventory, Affection Reflection, Sex Opinion Questionnaire and Couples Discussion Guideline, and a list of recommended reading.

I highly recommend this book for newlyweds, longtime married couples, and also singles. Start your marriage on the path to a stronger more meaningful union by picking up this book. You won’t regret it.

5 out of 5 stars! You can buy the book HERE

I received a complementary copy of Mr. & Mrs. from Essential Life Press solely for the purpose of my own honest opinion of the book.

Marriage Isn’t For You

If your married, about to marry, or thinking about marriage, you need to read this.

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

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Two Precious Doilies

photo via crossroadcards.com
photo via crosscards.com

There once was a man and a woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They talked about everything. They kept no secrets from each other… except that the old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she cautioned her husband never to open it or ask her about it.

For all these years he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would never recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it he found 2 beautifully crocheted doilies and a stack of money totaling over $25,000. He asked her about the unusual contents.

“When we were married,” she said, ” my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doily.”

The little old man was so moved, he had to fight back tears. Only two precious doilies were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with joy and happiness.

“Sweetheart,” he said… “that explains the doilies, but what about all this money? Where did it all come from?”

Oh,” she said, ” that’s the money I made from selling the doilies.”

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32