The Good News About Marriage
The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage And Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn is a game changer. Shaunti debunks (very thoroughly, with lots of data and proofs) five huge myths about the state of marriage and the divorce rate. The "Good News" includes:
· The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.
· Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t.
· Most marriages are happy.
· Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.
· Most remarriages succeed.
Personally, I've heard over and over from the pulpit that the divorce rate is 50% and that Christians don't have any lower of a divorce rate than "the world". These statistics come from well meaning pastors and teachers who believe them because they're so widely quoted and seemed legitimate - but they can be incredibly discouraging. I'm so glad to read that these myths that have been perpetuated (by the devil, no doubt, who loves when Christian marriages fail) are actually so far from the truth.
I was inspired and uplifted by reading about the actual state of marriage, and encouraged that Christians *do* actually have a much, mucher lower rate of divorce than the 50% that is so oft quoted and that church attendance does dramatically reduce the chances of ending up divorced. I can't wait to share these truths with others and recommend that all Christians - married, engaged, single - read this book. It can be a bit dry of a read in parts (due to all the statistics), but it's well worth the read. It's a very short little hardcover that you can read in a few hours. It also includes a very interesting FAQ section in the back which answers a lot of questions people may have while reading the book. Highly recommend.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.