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Posted May 27, 2011
Let's Get Real by Dale and Jena Forehand is a book of God's power in the lives of a husband and wife, willing to work at their marriage and totally surrender to the Lord's plan. Dale and Jena Forehand were very busy for the Lord. They had been married eight years, had misplaced priorities, Dale a deacon and Bible teacher, and Jena a leading soloist and musician in their church. The one area of their lives they neglected was their marriage. In July 1996, Dale asked his wife to leave. In September 1997, they were granted joint custody. They walked away feeling everything was lost. But after much counseling and work, a miracle occurred and they remarried on December 21, 1997. This book was birthed from their struggles.
Dale and Jena are frank, open, and honest in what they reveal to the reader. This book is one of the best couples Bible studies on marriage I've read. Whether you are preparing to marry, your marriage is in trouble, or you just need a touch up , this book is for you. Although it is divided into chapters, a couple could easily do this study in small bits, stopping to discuss and evaluate their marriage . In each chapter, the authors share personal stories from their relationship. Scripture and discussion questions are woven throughout, with many opportunities for couples to open up to each other. Concluding each chapter is an opportunity for the couple to dig deeper, bring authenticity and wholeness to their marriage. The areas of study include:
?creating safety in your relationship
?discovering the needs of your spouse
?examining our family trees and determining what we carried into our marriage
?making love a priority
Although this could be done in a classroom setting, I believe it will be most beneficial read and studied together as husband and wife. I read this book to review, but we, as a couple, are going to do this study together each week until we complete this book. Thank you Dale and Jena Forehand for opening your lives so that we might be blessed.
Dale and Jena Forehand are sought-after speakers and conference leaders through their Let's Get Real marriage conferences. They are also regular keynote speakers for Lifeway's Festival of Marriage. The amazing grace story of their own divorce and remarriage to one another adds powerful credibility to the messages they share about building authentic, God-honoring marriages. Together they founded Stained Glass Ministries and have published numerous books and study guides. They reside in Birmingham, Alabama, with their children, Cole and Jorja.
Posted May 20, 2011
LET'S GET REAL
When confronted by a book on marriage written by a couple, you may have the pre-conception of a duo whose lives have been perfect and whose wisdom has come from blessings showered upon them through high achievements.
'Let's Get Real' is an appropriate title and "Bringing Authenticity and Wholeness to your Marriage" as a subtitle even more so. Dale and Jen Forehand speak from the experience of a relationship in deep trouble - while from outside, they had a perfect set-up, the reality was that they were neglecting their marriage while making their mark on the world. This competiveness between them built up pride, anger, bitterness and resentment driving them eventually to divorce.
On the one hand, this is a study designed to look at the word of God to learn to have better relationships. The authors belief is that fulfilling lifelong marriages come from partners who desire to grow in their personal relationship with Christ. With revealing honesty, they disclose how their marriage was reconciled and saved by the grace of God.
Equally, it is a book about reconciliation with God. I was struck when reading this journey of the 'death, burial and resurrection of a marriage' how much their rediscovery of their love for God rekindled the couple's love for each other. While the couple were both actively involved in church activity, there was no depth to their spiritual intimacy. I enjoyed the way that their journey unravels and the lessons they have for others, but I was also interested and intrigued by their insights into authentic and lasting love.
This book is a useful resource and necessary reading, not just for people whose marriage is struggling, whose relationships have fractured or who feel unfulfilled. It is also a plea for understanding to those who see relationship breakdowns as an irredeemable failure. There is healing and there is understanding in this kind of book. I liked it and think that pastoral libraries would be all the better for this title's inclusion.
Posted March 14, 2013
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