Get Ready: For Your Best Marriage Now – If you are thinking about dating, courtship, or getting married, this could be the most important book you’ll ever read. I realize what I just wrote may come across as an overstatement or hyperbolic marketing, but it is not. I have been in the counseling “business” for many years, and the most common situation I have counseled is marriages in trouble. These troubled marriages did not just happen. The problems in any marriage are rooted in the two people who were married before they were married.
This book is the culmination of thousands of hours of counseling with marriages that came to me because they either did not know the content of this book, did not know how to apply it, or refused to use what they knew. All of their marriages were in trouble, and they hoped to reverse years of poor decision-making and relational conflict.
It’s a Workbook
What you are about to read has been field-tested. It will work for you in proportion to your willingness to take it to heart while practically applying it to your life and relationship. I recommend reading this book slowly, reflectively, prayerfully, and conversationally. You may want to read it more than once. I did not intend for you to read it and place it on a shelf. It is a reusable tool that will never wear out, no matter how many times you use it.
Do not be afraid: use it often. At the end of each chapter, I have “call to action” opportunities to probe your thought life and practical experience. Ask the Spirit of God to open your eyes to see hidden things. Ask Him to give you the courage to change what needs changing, no matter how hard it seems. And above all else, expect God’s favor in your life as you humbly submit to His guidance while you move through this resource.
If You Are Married
This book is for you, too. Perhaps your marriage has hit the rocks. After years of muddling through, you think you’ve lost all hope. Your hope is not lost. I wrote this book for people who want a great marriage. The content applies:
- To those who have yet to tie the knot.
- To those who have tied the knot.
- To those who have untied the knot.
Whether pre-married, married, or post-married, the content of this book is about how to have a God-glorifying and mutually enjoyable marriage. If that is what you want, this is what you need. Don’t be discouraged; be hopeful. God is a Healer of the hurting. If you are one of the hurting ones because your marriage went to the wrong place, I appeal to you to set aside some time to read this resource.
Find a friend to walk with you through it. Ask the Father to restore the brokenness. Expect His mercy and favor. I do not know if the Lord can transform your marriage, but I do know He can make your life better than it is. The content in this book can assist you in that beautiful cause.