A husband who won’t work. In-laws who let a nine-year-old watch inappropriate movies. A wife who’s been dishonest in bed.
Take a 5-minute peek inside real marriages facing challenges that threaten to blur the reflection of Christ that marriage was created to be. Bestselling fiction author Michelle Stimpson teams up with Shundria Riddick, a licensed therapist, to tackle issues rarely discussed but frequently experienced—even in Christian marriages.
Each chapter paints a fictionalized behind-the-scenes picture of scenarios the authors have encountered through mentoring/counseling women, followed by biblically and professionally sound commentary. Readers will be encouraged to know that all marriages have tough seasons, and some marriages are simply more difficult than others throughout their entirety. Nonetheless, we can find encouragement and wisdom from our Heavenly Father to live victoriously after “I do.”
Foreword by Chrystal Evans Hurst, Author of “Kingdom Woman.”
About the Author
Shundria Riddick is a speaker and licensed professional counselor who shares a message of hope and freedom in Christ. A graduate of Amberton University, Shundria holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling. As a counselor, she loves to connect with individuals and seeks to guide them with Biblical Truth. This desire to walk beside those who are experiencing difficult seasons in their lives has given her a phenomenal ability to disarm any audience. Her passion is to help others grasp the unshakable love of Christ, let go of frustration that comes from trying to live out one’s own plans and experience the beauty of embracing His will. Like many women, she has a career, an advanced education, and is a successful wife and mother of three school-aged children. And like the typical woman she has juggled all of these things while dealing with the emotional and mental battles of life’s daily issues. God has graciously given her the opportunity to share with women, singles, girls and married couples as they seek to live out their victory in Christ. Shundria is a wife to her best friend Chris and mother to three wonderful children: Joshua, Elyana and Noah. Visit her online at www.ShundriaRiddick.com Bestselling author Michelle Stimpson has penned more than thirty Christian fiction books including traditional bestseller Divas of Damascus Road, Amazon #1 bestseller, Stepping Down, the award-winning Mama B series, and Falling Into Grace. She has also published more than fifty short stories through her educational publishing company, WeGottaRead.com. Michelle holds an English degree from Jarvis Christian College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a part-time language arts consultant and serves in women’s ministry through teaching and publishing. She and her husband have two young adult children and one bizarre dog. Visit her online at www.MichelleStimpson.com.
What Kind of Advice Would Married Couples in the Bible Give to Couples today? The Bible provides a rich history about couples who experienced every imaginable hardship and obstacle. Now, their experiences come to life in How to Build a Lasting Marriage Marriage a practical book for couples who want to build an enduring marriage based on Biblical truths.
About the Author
Dr. Elmer Towns, vice president of Liberty University, college and seminary professor, dean of the School of Religion, is also the author of numerous popular and scholarly works. He is the recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for the Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit. He and Ruth, his wife of 56 years, have three children and ten grandchildren.
How To Ensure That Your Christian Marriage Is Built Upon God’s Word
Within this book, I used the analogy of marriage as a dance, with God as the Master Choreographer. God is the original creator and inventor of marriage so He is the one who knows and teaches His children the intricate steps of the magnificent marriage dance. Each chapter of the book covers a particular aspect of married life, explaining what the Bible has to say about that aspect and how it can be applied within Christian marriages today.
The topics start off with the basic step of having a relationship with God. This is the strong foundation on which everything else is built. From there it goes on to incorporating prayer and Bible reading into your marriage. When you make a regular habit of reading God’s word and joining hands together in prayer, you will find that your spiritual intimacy will grow. We then discuss finding the rhythm of effective communication and learning to resolve conflicts. The all important topic of how to handle finances is also tackled, along with a section on intimacy and romance. Being that a marriage between two people who love God and love each other is the ideal setting in which to raise a healthy family, the topic of children could not be overlooked. Household duties and chores, and the challenges of balancing marriage and a career are also topics within this book. And lastly, we cover the joy of blessing others as every Christian is blessed in order to be a blessing to others.
At the end of each chapter there are a few questions for reflection which will help you to process and digest the points that have been discussed. Throughout the book, numerous Bible verses are quoted or referred to and you are encouraged to have your Bible at hand to look up the relevant passages and discover God’s truth for themselves.
Every married couple wants to be happy. As they exchange their vows on their wedding day, their minds and hearts are filled with thoughts, dreams and expectations of a happily-ever-after future. This is good and right, but what few anticipate is that it will require a large amount of perseverance and determination on the part of each spouse. A happy marriage is not going to happen automatically or easily. Right priorities need to be carefully set and meticulously maintained. And both spouses will need to be fully committed. After all, it takes two to tango, and in the context of a Christian marriage, it is a dance for three, as Jesus stretches out His arms, inviting each spouse to take His hand and learn the joyful, ordered steps of the magnificent marriage dance.
About Alexis G. Roldan
Alexis G. Roldan believes people in general are hurting today more than ever. Depression is at an all-time high, stress and anxiety are through the roof, and it seems as though more and more people are taking medications just to cope with their everyday lives. Alexis sincerely cares about others and wants to help. He frequently attends seminars given by experts in the field of human psychology, and has invested in many books and courses over the years. He has become an expert in knowing what makes people think the way they do.
As a Christian, Alexis believes that we can all benefit from strengthening our relationship with our creator. His belief is that God created every one of us in His own image, and has a purpose for all of our lives. Because of this, Alexis values and respects everyone. He sets an example by never judging anyone, no matter what their beliefs or personal preferences may be. This has allowed him to help others without prejudice.
For years, Alexis has been the go-to guy for family and friends whenever they’ve experienced any challenges in their lives. That, plus a strong desire to help others, inspired him to write books for people seeking advice. If you are facing any issues in your personal or spiritual life, or with any relationships, Alexis is a guy you can turn to. He has helped so many others resolve their problems and overcome challenges in their lives, and he can help you too.
You CAN build a strong and lasting marriage! Even if you have pre-marriage counseling with your pastor, this book is an excellent and richly rewarding experience for both of you to share! –The Publisher
To build a strong, lasting marriage Christian couples need a solid, scripturally based foundation. Called Together is an excellent resource that includes both pre- and post-marital counseling for couples considering a lifetime commitment.
Working through key topics ranging from finances to parenting, Called Together encourages honesty and open communication, tackling tough issues faced by all couples in the first year of marriage.
Whether you are considering marriage or remarriage or you counsel those who are, Called Together supplies down-to-earth advice and biblical wisdom on how to:
- Be certain that God has called you together.
- Interact constructively in verbal and nonverbal ways.
- Prepare a realistic budget.
- Relate sexually to your partner.
- Plan a God-honouring ceremony.
- Have a sensational honeymoon.
The delicate subject of remarriage is also addressed, as well as intercultural and interracial marriages. You will receive help and hope for virtually every marital conflict or situation.
Start building your everlasting marriage today!
About the authors
Steve and Mary Prokopchak have been married for 37 years. They have a heart for those desiring marriage, for those who are engaged and for those who have said “I do.” Their long-term dream is to see a significant decrease in the divorce statistics throughout the nations. They teach and train in Biblical marriage principles all over the world and love to share from their mistakes. It is their belief that as individuals are healed, marriages are healed.
From a woman who strayed to the other side of the marital fence -and returned to find forgiveness and restoration – comes this practical book about predicting and preventing an extra-martial affair. Based on the principle that the grass is aways greener when its watered, this book focuses on howto grow a beautiful marriage in your own backyard by establishing six protective “hedges” around it.
From the Back Cover
“Hello, my name is Nancy, and I am a cheater. I’ve never cheated on a tax return or a final exam, but I did cheat on my husband. That’s why I’m an expert on infidelity-because I have lived it.” -from the Introduction
Aided by the secrecy of the Internet and cell phones, extra-marital affairs are on the rise-and Christian couples aren’t exempt. While cheating on one’s spouse may still be socially unacceptable, it is more prevalent now than ever before.
From a woman who strayed to the other side of the marital fence-and returned to find forgiveness and restoration-comes this practical book about predicting and preventing an extra-marital affair. Based on the principle that the grass is always greener where it’s watered, this book focuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage in your own backyard by establishing six protective “hedges” around it.
“[Nancy] has a delightful way of teaching without preaching. A must read for every Christian couple!” -Allison Gappa Bottke, Author, speaker, and founder of The God Allows U-Turns Project
Nancy C. Anderson and her husband, Ron, recently celebrated their twenty-sixth wedding anniversary. Together they conduct couples’ retreats and marriage seminars to help others to predict, prevent, or pardon infidelity. Nancy is a contributing author to several books and the co-author of a variety of dramatic sketches.
I know it’s not an ‘e-book’ per se, but still delivered electronically: This month, ChristianAudio is offering the You and Me Forever audiobook by Francis and Lisa Chan completely free. Just head over to ChristianAudio’s website, create an account if you don’t have one (it’s free) and then confirm to add this audiobook to your library. Then, download their free audiobook app and listen. The app is very well designed and includes all the audiobooks in the library.
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Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.
Francis Chan joins together with his wife Lisa to address the question many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a healthy marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.
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