9 traits of a life giving marriage- book review
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I recently had the opportunity to review a book, called 9 Traits of a Life Giving Marriage, by Sue Detweiler. I thought the title was perfect- as the book really did deliver on its' promise. 9 Traits of a Life Giving Marriage was a straightforward and honest look at what it takes for a Christian marriage to thrive. I appreciated the vulnerability shown throughout the pages, along with Sue's willingness to share personal stories from her own marriage- the good and the bad. We can learn from each other, and this book had the tone of a wise, older sister, sharing her wisdom out of love, with a desire to see marriages succeed.
The 9 traits outlined in the book are:
Trait #1 – Acceptance
Acceptance is a conscious choice to receive your spouse as God made him or her.
Trait # 2 Friendship
Make time in your marriage for friendship! Go out and have fun! Create positive, life-giving moments spending time together as best friends.
Trait # 3 Safety
To experience intimacy in marriage, both partners need to feel safe, secure and cherished.
Trait # 4 Honesty
Ground Rules for Honesty in A Marriage
1. Watch your Words
2. Listen Attentively
3. Speak Honestly
4. Keep a Positive Perspective
Trait # 5 Intimacy
Intimacy flourishes in an environment of love and respect; it shrinks in a power struggle.
Trait # 6 Passion
What you experience in the physical realm of your relationship will impact your emotional and spiritual relationship.
Trait # 7 Endurance
During stressful times and the storms of life, you must anchor your marriage and faith on Jesus Christ.
Trait # 8 Restoration
Grace is the balm that brings healing from the imperfections each spouse brings to marriage. Cultivate Truth, Grace and Forgiveness towards one another.
Trait # 9 Expectancy
Spend time in the word to ensure your expectations are anchored firmly in Christ, not on your spouse's actions, words or behavior
Each trait has a chapter devoted to explaining the why and how behind it, with practical applications and stories from Sue's own marriage to illustrate. Each chapter closes with a prayer for your marriage. This is a book that acknowledges the need for Christ to be the center of a life- filled marriage. I would recommend this book to newly married couples, as well as those married for many years, healthy marriages, and those that are struggling.
Is It Possible to Enjoy a Strong and Healthy Marriage- -Till Death Do Us Part? Yes . . . with God!
Sue Detweiler’s new book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage, will help you:
*Heal the broken places in your marriage
*Strengthen your relationship with your spouse
*Understand God's plan for your marriage
*Revive your relationship with God's transformative power
I was given a copy of the book to read for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.
This book officially releases on October 23 and is available for pre-order now. If you pre-order a copy by October 22nd, through Sue's website, you will also receive 5 free gifts:
1. Printables of 9 Traits
2. Printables of Prayers
3. MP3 of Healing Rain
4. PDF copy of 9 Traits of a Life Giving Mom
5. $50 Voucher Towards the 2016 Marriage Conference in Dallas, TX you would like to
Also join Sue on October 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM CST for a Live Author Chat on Facebook for book discussion, fun and lots of giveaways! You can RSVP HERE!