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A bit of quick research on the internet about the state of marriage in our current world is depressing. Honestly. Young couples today choose to live together rather than marry, largely not because they don’t believe in marriage, but because they don’t believe they can make it last. The sad fact is couples who live together before marriage are 50% more likely to end in divorce. Marriages that last are built on trust, and simply cohabitating doesn’t foster trust. In fact, it does the very opposite. It sends the message that “I like you, but I need an easy out when we’re tired of each other.”
Marriage, when done the way God tells us in His Word, does work. But it can only work when two people are separately committed first to God and following His ways, and then to each other in a covenant, not a contract.
Chip Ingram’s new book, Marriage That Works: God’s Way of Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates, Best Friends, and Passionate Lovers aims to “unpack what marriage really is, why God created marriage, and the unique roles both a man and a woman play in their marriage.”
I read this book in one afternoon, but it would be an excellent resource for small groups to go through together. It would be great as a six-week study, as the chapters are short, and the book easily divides into sections. Each chapter includes questions for reflection which would facilitate group discussion easily.
You might have read some marriage books that are predominantly theory, but this is not one of them. Ingram presents clear, biblical truths with practical examples from his own marriage. He writes with real humility and thankfulness for the work God has done in his own life, and with great love and respect for his wife. You’ll find less about “feelings” and “self-fulfillment” and lots about how God calls us to set aside worrying about our own needs, and instead serve, love, nurture, provide and protect one another. It’s not rocket science, but it does work! Chip gives well-thought-out teaching on the separate and distinct roles for men and women, and God’s plan that gives worth and dignity to both. He also gives some insight into how we got to where we are today, where marriage is seen as antiquated and unnecessary.
This book provides hope for every couple, no matter how “bad” or “good” your marriage may be today. There are rich blessings to enjoy when we commit to seeing marriage through God’s eyes and allow Him to truly make two people into a Christ-honoring unit, and an example of the beautiful relationship between Christ and the church. It’s not just a nice idea, but something attainable and real, a Marriage That Works.
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