Friday, March 11, 2016

Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting Marriage, by Rob Green {a book review}

About the book

Advised by both tellers of fairy tales and harbingers of doom, many engaged couples simply don’t know what to expect from marriage, so they focus their anxious energies on the wedding day.

Rob Green, a pastor, counselor, and veteran of many premarital counseling sessions, shares that the joy, fun, companionship, and love couples hope for before marriage are not only possible, they are actually God’s plan for marriage. But none of these wonderful things happen automatically when you tie the knot. A strong and satisfying marriage must be intentionally built on Jesus.

Tying the Knot offers soon-to-be-married couples a practical vision of Christ-centered marriage that is realistic, hopeful, and actionable. This nine-session study guides couples through issues like conflict, expectations, communication, finances, and intimacy, showing how each can be successfully resolved with Christ at the center of the marriage.

Knowing the stresses and needs of a couple in their season of engagement, Green has helpfully designed the study to require a manageable (and healthy) 60 minutes of at-home work per session, with questions and exercises to build communication and intimacy at the end of each chapter. Tying the Knot also includes an appendix for mentors, making it easy for a married couple, lay leader, or counselor to lead an engaged couple through the book.

Field-tested and recommended by multiple counselors in a thriving counseling practice, Tying the Knot has already guided many couples into a stronger and more joyful union. Let this nine-week premarriage study reorient your life and marriage around Christ, so you both will experience all the blessings of marriage as God designed it.

—Presents a day-to-day vision of Christ-centered marriage that is realistic, hopeful, and practical
—Demonstrates clearly—in just nine chapters or sessions—how issues like conflict, expectations, communication, finances, and intimacy can only be successfully and satisfyingly approached with Christ at the center of a marriage
—Field tested and recommended by multiple counselors in a thriving counseling L
—Highly practical and accessible for couples, requires about 60 minutes of weekly at-home work
—Includes chapter-by-chapter exercises and questions for couples to do separately and together to build communication and intimacy
—Includes an appendix for mentors to guide couples through the book

What I thought about the book

When I signed up to review Tying the Knot, I thought I'd read it, then pass it on to my son, then my daughter (both are in their early to mid twenties, and each has a "significant other"), to read through. Well, that isn't how best to use this book!

It is meant to be read by a couple, individually. There are assignments at the end of each chapter, for each member of the couple to do on his/her own, then compare answers with each other, and then meet together with a mentor/counselor/pastor.

I like the book. I appreciate the information shared, and find it very useful. As I read, I'd think: Oh, that information would have been good while preparing for my first marriage! Oh, that would have been perfect while preparing for my second marriage! We need this now in this marriage! Which shows that I think there is useful information even for those who are already married, and even for those who may be getting serious in their current dating relationship.

Who knows? Maybe I will be going through this book with my young adult children, and their significant others, someday!

About the author

Rob Green, MDiv, PhD, is the Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN), as well as an instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries, Biblical Counseling Coalition Board member, and author of counseling minibooks. He and his wife Stephanie have three children. Read about Rob Green’s journey to Faith Church.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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