Friends, Partners & Lovers
I've been married for 15 years, and I'm always looking for good marriage books to read. I decided to read Friends, Partners & Lovers: What It Takes To Make Your Marriage Work by Kevin A. Thompson because it seemed fresh and interesting. The back cover says:
"Great marriages don't just happen--they're made, intentionally, day by day. Yet most of us enter the covenant of marriage thinking that the role of spouse will be easy, natural, effortless. Rarely is this true. In fact, the number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathy--a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship.
With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson explains the three critical roles of a spouse--friend, partner, and lover--and shows how to nurture those roles in order to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Using solid biblical principles, he helps couples understand how to grow their friendship, be a supportive partner through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.
Friends, Partners, and Lovers offers essential insight for couples at any stage of marriage but will be especially helpful to those who are struggling and those who are engaged or newly married and looking to start their marriage on strong footing."
I read a lot of marriage books. Many of them are just repeating the same information over and over that all the other books have already said ad infinitum. I felt like Friends, Partners & Lovers did have something fresh and new to offer. The book is divided into three sections and Kevin asserts that there are three areas you have to master in order to have a healthy and fulfilling marriage relationship: being friends with your spouse, being partners with your spouse, and being lovers with your spouse. If you are out of whack in any of these three important areas, your marriage relationship will suffer. Kevin offers funny stories, practical applications, and biblically sound advice. I recommend this book to any married couple, whether you've been married 3 months, 3 years, or 3 decades.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.