What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy? All of these are important, but there’s one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.
Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.
Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.
GENRE: Inspirational Nonfiction
PUBLISHER: David C. Cook
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2017
“Provided you have been married for more than forty-eight hours, you know that marriage changes you.”
I was talking with some friends the other day about being married – the group consisted of long-marrieds, newer-marrieds, and never-marrieds. All of we married folk agreed about one thing in particular… while we benefited from premarital counseling to a point, marriage really should come with a year (at least) of post-marital counseling too. Because there’s a lot of things that you just simply can’t anticipate while sitting there before the wedding, stars in your eyes and happily ever after on the horizon.
Making Marriage Beautiful covers a lot of these “just simply can’t anticipates” and it does so with a writing style that leaves you feeling as though the author is someone with whom you’re swapping heart-stories over your fave hot beverages. I also really enjoyed the mini-interviews with different couples, from varying ethnicities and ages and backgrounds. There is someone in this book that just about every reader can relate to, and that’s one thing that sets it apart.
Dorothy Greco covers such topics as unrealistic expectations (“Not Your Mother’s Lasagna”), Christ-centered gender expectations (not gender stereotypes), mining disappointment and anger, listening, disordered attachments & addictions, and confession & forgiveness … plus more. She relates her own experiences and her husband even chimes in several times – and they readily admit that they do not have a perfect marriage! I loved this insight into what they’ve learned and how they’ve learned it as well as their openness and authenticity along the way – something else that sets this book apart from others.
My unrealistic expectation of being romanced died a slow, ugly death because I stubbornly clung to it.
Bottom Line: Making Marriage Beautiful is full of wisdom for newly marrieds, oldly-marrieds, and hope-to-be-marrieds. The author’s honesty (and her husband’s), as well as the included interviews with couples of varying backgrounds, helps the reader relate to what’s being discussed. The questions at the end of each chapter personalize it even further and make this a great resource for couples to read together.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Litfuse Publicity Group. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Great book!
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Dorothy Greco and her husband, Christopher, have spent their entire twenty-five-year marriage helping men and women create and sustain healthy marriages. They have served numerous churches in the Greater Boston area for thirty years. Dorothy’s writing has been featured in “Relevant Magazine,” “Christianity Today,” “Sojourners,” and “Her.meneutics.” She is a regular contributor for “Gifted for Leadership,” “Today’s Christian Woman,” and “Start Marriage Right.” The Grecos have three sons and live near Boston.