It has been about a year since the MBC Marriage Conference and now might be a good time to take an inventory of your marriage. Is it growing? Are you more like Christ because of marriage to your spouse? Perhaps a good refresher on the commitments necessary to a healthy marriage is in order. Enter Paul Tripp’s book What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.
Seeking to promote Christ-focused marriages, Tripp bases his book on six commitments characteristic of healthy marriages: 1) We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness; 2) We will make growth and change our daily agenda; 3) We will work together to build a sturdy bond of trust; 4) We will commit to building a relationship of love; 5) We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace; 6) We will work to protect our marriage. Saturated with biblical instruction and practical guidance, Tripp’s book constitutes a reminder of God’s powerful, transforming grace in the institution of marriage and shows how it can be one of life’s greatest blessings. How’s your marriage?
Review submitted by Pastor Todd Dykstra