Friday, July 15, 2011

Let’s Get Real: Bringing Authenticity and Wholeness to Your Marriage

As individuals we need God in our lives, so it only stands to reason that we need God in our marriages.  Dale and Jena Forehand’s book: Let’s Get Real focuses on putting Christ first in your marriage in order to have authenticity and wholeness.  The book starts out with the story of their marriage, which ended in a broken home and divorce.  When they turned to Christ, they reconciled and remarried.  Their son came into their room and said, “Since you two are getting back to together, I would like to get together with God” (p 18).

The book basically tells about the lessons they’ve learned so that others might be spared the pain they experienced.

I love that the Forehands attribute all their success in marriage to God and base all their advice on relationship with Christ and bringing God glory.  I’ve read a few Christian marriage books, and the only other two I’ve read so far that do this are Love and Respect and Sacred Marriage, which ask the question “what if God made marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”

All that said, I recommend Let’s Get Real with some reservation.  While the principles are sound, much of the book is missing.  At the end of every chapter is a “listening section” with fill in the blank questions based on the accompanying DVD.  Unfortunately the book and the DVD are sold separately—an inconvenient marketing ploy for someone buying this book because their marriage is in trouble and their life is falling apart.

Buy the Book: $7.99
Buy the DVD: $22.49

A review copy of the book was received from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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