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Today’s post will be a little different. One of my seven goals for 2017 is growing intellectually. I set a goal to finish six books during 2017, roughly one every two months. I will write a post dedicated to my thoughts on each book to see if you should read or not!
Last year, Scott reached out to me about reviewing his book, Marriage God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Relationships. I agreed to receive a free copy from him in exchange for an honest review. Even though I received the book for free, all of the opinions in this review are my own.
I met Scott in a Facebook group that we both frequent. He reached out to me after leaving a comment on his blog, ScottLaPierre.org, about going through 1 Peter. His post was very close to what we were working through in my Wednesday night men’s church group.
After receiving the book, I was excited to check out a new book from an author’s recommendation. That day I flipped through the book and noticed a number of interesting things he wrote.
Marriage God’s Way is split into 8 thought provoking sections.
I found this helpful and segmented my reading through the first few sections. It read easily, although chocked full of scripture. Marriage God’s Way flowed easily from scripture to scripture with plenty of explanation of verses to back up his claims as well as transparency on his part with his personal experiences.
He starts out explaining why there are so many failing marriages and how we need to address the problems, not blame the symptoms. He gives a great backdrop of why God created marriage and why we suffer from so many problems due to the fallen world we live in. In part 3 Understanding Love, he explains the four types of love and how to use each one.
Scott builds on each section going through topics like:
- Inward and outward beauty
He finishes with a strong call for believers to make sure we are setting a strong foundation on Jesus in the end. Without Him, we’ll be going through marriage with wrong motives and end up with more problems than we care to deal with.
A very strong moment in Marriage God’s Way that I completely related to…
I remember being so struck by Chapter 11 and his example of how he was not leading well due to his addiction to World of Warcraft, an online game. The way that he described the feelings that he had and how he had to run from it in order to get out from under it.
I was like, man, this guy had the same experience as me. I mean, I fought an online addiction to the game for over 5 years. Finally quitting at one point, I ended up getting back into it a year later, even deeper. However, I’m happy to report that I’ve moved on from the game. I’ve moved on to more profitable things like this site and doing preschool at home with my 2 girls.
He gives great hope here on the bottom of page 92:
“Gentlemen, let me address you directly. I share this in the hope and prayer that, if you are reading these words and have something in your life that you cannot imagine getting rid of, you too might be given confidence to humble yourself before the Lord. Repent this very minute. Don’t put it off. If you do this, you can experience the same freedom I experienced from bondage, shame, and losing your wife’s respect.”
Marriage God’s Way emboldens the very important role of leading the household.
Scott explains why husbands should be the spiritual leader in the household. He puts pressure on men to step up and start taking their God-given responsibility more seriously. I feel more convicted after having read his stance and learning more about what God has to say on the subject.
After finishing chapter 6, I remember feeling so moved that I ended up having a good conversation with my wife about how I could become a better household leader. It was these couple chapters of Marriage God’s Way that were stirring my heart, making me want to become a better husband. Looking at our marriage in a new way, I can see our family better off because of the conversations this book is prompting.
Marriage God’s Way is a marriage book for men and women together
This book could easily be a couple’s marriage book to do together. He goes back and forth, blending both the husband’s and wife’s roles into the chapters. I found this interesting and different. Other books I’ve read, like Love and Respect, separate the man’s and the woman’s sections. That makes it more convenient to skip over the other gender’s section. Working through Marriage God’s Way, I see how it all fits together clearer, seeing both sides simultaneously.
My final recommendation for Marriage God’s Way
Marriage God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Relationships by Scott LaPierre is an excellent read. I am strongly recommending it to married couples wanting to learn more about God’s gift of marriage.
Marriage God’s Way is :
- well laid out
- concise while being easy to read
- challenging to your spiritual walk.
I’m walking away stronger for reading this book. Going through Marriage God’s Way, I have grown in understanding God’s call about how men are to treat their wives and their marriage. Additionally, I’m having great conversations with my wife about our marriage that have been brought up in Marriage God’s Way.
2017 Books I’m Reading
What kinds of books are you planning on reading this year? I’ve selected
6 7 and am working through them in 2017. I think they will do a good job helping me grow in my 2017 goals in the 7 areas I’m targeting. Check them out below:
Marriage God’s Way by Scott LaPierre – You just read the review for this one above!
- It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees! by Cara MacMillan – Another book I got in exchange for a review. Looking forward to this one as well though, as it talks about money from many different religions.
- EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – I read this one a while back but think it’s time for a refresher. I remember being so motivated after reading this, I’m hoping it will spark more interest and ideas this time around as well.
- Learning Journeys: Top Management Experts Share Hard-Earned Lessons on Becoming Great Mentors and Leaders – this one is debatable, as I might substitute it for a different book, but I would love to work towards more leadership skills.
- Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur – I started reading this when I first became a stay at home dad, but fell off as other things became more pressing.
- The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel – We watched God’s Not Dead 2 and there was also a skit done at our church that was very interesting and had drawn me to read this one.
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker – I read this when my oldest was first born and it was eye opening. I would love to go through it again and soak in more of the content.
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