Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Couple After God's Own Heart

There is no shortage of books on marriage.  What makes A Couple After God's Own Heart book and workbook by Jim & Elizabeth George unique is that it focuses primarily on biblical couples and what lessons we can learn from them.  Each chapter highlights one couple, explaining what the Bible says about them and drawing applications from their strengths and weaknesses.  While many of these couples are well-known (such as Adam & Eve and Abraham & Sarah), there are also some couples less talked about such as Manoah & his wife and Aquila & Priscilla.  Even for those who have read these stories many times, it is beneficial to see them afresh while focusing on the specific applications we can make to our marriages from their lives.

Jim & Elizabeth George write in a way that is easy to follow and understand.  Sometimes their imaginations run a little wild while re-telling the biblical accounts (telling how they imagine the story playing out), but there are always biblical references included for readers to refer to the biblical text and be able to separate fact from fiction.  Each chapter draws specific lessons for wives and lessons for husbands.  There is also a 30-Day Couples Devotional included at the end of the book.

In addition to the book, for couples who want some structure and extra reinforcement, there is an Interactive Workbook.  Each chapter in the workbook corresponds to a chapter in the book and takes 5 days to complete.  Each day includes brief reading, discussion questions, and a prayer. There are also specific action steps to complete each week.

While I personally can't say that I learned anything new from the book, I did enjoy looking at these biblical couples from a new angle and being encouraged by the Georges' wisdom which comes from 40+ years together! 

*Thank you to Harvest House for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book and workbook in exchange for an honest review.

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