Friday, September 16, 2016

Lasting Love, By Alistair Begg-Book Review

Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure, by Alistair Begg.

Back cover reads:
"No one marries intending to fail. Each couple that says "I do" hopes for a long and beautiful life together. But as time passes, many drift apart, and some eventually call it quits. But what about the ones who stay the course, who don't just bear through marriage but actually love it? 
What's their secret?
It's simple really: there is no secret. They follow God's revealed design.
In Lasting Love, Alistair Bedd unfolds this design. After laying theological foundations, he builds levels of application, showing how God's blueprint makes marriages sturdy and vibrant. 
Ideal for both those considering marriage and those already married, Lasting Love is a comprehensive book on the essentials of a great godly union, such as:
  • what the bible says about marriage vows, gender roles and parenting
  • What to look for in a potential spouse
  • How to cure and prevent marital decay
Heed the advice of this pastor who has seen too many marriages come and go. Let yours last a lifetime."

Can I just start and end my review with "I love this book"? 
No? 
Fine, I'll begin with saying in a sea of marital books (christian or not) Begg does an amazing job at standing out. 
I'll also state that if you are not a christian (or if you're a "christian" living a worldly life style) you will NOT like this book.
  • "If you are going to be at all successful in avoiding marital failure, it is imperative that we exercise our minds in the truth of scripture and yield our wills in submission to God's clear directives." -page 32
  • "We should never allow the lifestyle and thought patterns of ungodly neighbors and work associates to capture our minds. As Paul put it succinctly; 'Do not be misled; bad company corrupts good character.' 1 Corinthians 15:33." -page 86
Beggs entire foundation on marriage is a biblical foundation; what the scripture says about marriage. He is not politically correct (which can I say is amazing and refreshing!) 
  • "God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). In light of this truth, we must not approach marriage with divorce as an option."-page 89
  • "In Titus 2:4 we are told that it is important that wives be taught to love their husbands and children. Does that not strike you strange? Taught to love? 'I thought,' says a young wife, 'that you either felt it for him or you didn't. But I never considered being taught to love him.' This kind of response indicates how heavily we have come to rely on the notion of romantic love as the basis for our marital relationship." -page 116
He does say that this book is for those looking to get or are newly married; though I think it can help anyone. I love the "Pulling Weeds" chapter, about getting rid of "weeds" in our lives that can lead to marital failure.

I cannot even begin to express how much I loved this book. 5 out of 5!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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