The Fulfilling Marriage: Eleven Steps Anyone Can Take to Get There

Overview

Even the best marriages have their share of problems. But there's no need to resign yourself to a life of personal pain and silent suffering. A fulfilling marriage takes time and lots of work, but it's within the grasp of every couple, if they're willing to make the right choices.

This book is for everyone: those who are happily married, but want to be even happier; those who may be wondering if they "did the right thing" or "married the right person"; and those who may be ...

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Overview

Even the best marriages have their share of problems. But there's no need to resign yourself to a life of personal pain and silent suffering. A fulfilling marriage takes time and lots of work, but it's within the grasp of every couple, if they're willing to make the right choices.

This book is for everyone: those who are happily married, but want to be even happier; those who may be wondering if they "did the right thing" or "married the right person"; and those who may be thinking, "It'll never work. It can never be made right. I can't take the pain anymore."

Inside these pages, you will laugh a little and learn a lot about the enigma called marriage. You will be faced with many tough decisions and will have to be prepared to change. Why? Because the height of insanity is to do the same things over and over again and still expect the results to change. However, you are not alone. You will discover that there's hope even in the midst of heartache. And most importantly, if you should choose the Lord's way, you—yes even you—will find the strength to truly have a fulfilling marriage.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Fulfilling Marriage teaches powerful principles of marriage that have been a tremendous benefit for me and my wife. It will be a wonderful help for me in counseling other couples and for the pre-marriage class that I teach. — Pastor Steve Adamson, Maricopa Community Church, Arizona.

My husband and I of ten years are having serious trouble. I just love reading The Fulfilling Marriage and I just laugh, it is great! Things seem to be better. You put the Word into words that are easy to understand. Thank you so much! — Kelley from Missouri.

The Fulfilling Marriage is a real marriage-saver for us. It has strengthened our relationship tremendously. — Tanja from Idaho.

It really hit home with me. Billy Crone has the gift. — Gary from Canada.

The Fulfilling Marriage is a riot! The encouragement and truth have a definite impact. — Jennifer from Canada.

We're going to use The Fulfilling Marriage and the video for our ministry. We really enjoyed it and think it's going to be a wonderful, inspiring series. — Marge and John from Florida.

Rev. Crone deals with many topics that are "right on" the issues affecting married couples today. He does so in an insightful and humorous fashion. I have purchased numerous copies to hand out to newlyweds and to clients of my law practice who have marital troubles. — Michael from California.

My wife and I were so blessed by your book that we've begun to share it with others. We truly thank you. — John from Virginia.

My husband and I love each other, but we've grown apart. You have helped me learn to forgive. Thank you for your wonderful book. In Christ, — Martha from Florida.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972807173
  • Publisher: WindRiver Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,145,687
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Billy Crone, besides being the author of The Fulfilling Marriage: Eleven Steps Anyone Can Take to Get There, is the founder and director of Get a Life! International Ministries headquartered in Arbuckle, California. There are followers of this ministry all over the world. In addition, he has a local television ministry, is a frequent guest of radio and TV interviewers, is a conference speaker, and is the author of nine books. All of his work is centered on providing educational materials for people and helping those who are seeking Christ in their life.

Rev. Crone, who is originally from Fort Scott, Kansas, is married to the lovely Brandie Crone. They have two children.

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Read an Excerpt

When it comes to defining what love really is, you

only have two options: There's the right one and the

wrong one. The wrong definition of love comes from

society. Society says that love is a feeling. But where do they get this mistaken idea that love is just a mere feeling? Hey, great question. Thanks for asking. You see, in the Bible there are four different Greek words for love. And our society only pays attention to the first three. Let me show you what I mean:

Stergo—A love of complacency and satisfaction. (I

love my job.)

Phileo—A love of fondness or affection. (I love my

friend.)

Eros—A love of passion. (Where we get the English

word "erotic.")

Of those three Greek words, which one do you think

is the most popular with our society? It's "eros" or

passion, isn't it? You see, the average person today thinks that love is merely a physical pleasure or a fabulous feeling. And, folks, there's nothing wrong with passion, in the confines of marriage, that is. It's not only a wonderful emotion, it's a powerful force. In fact, passion is so powerful it's usually what causes people to get married. But the problem is that although passion can get you married, it cannot make a marriage last. Why? Because passion is built on feelings. And the problem with feelings is that they don't last. They're up one minute and down the next. Therefore, if you try to build a relationship on passion, then guess what's going to happen? Your relationship is going to be up one minute and down the next.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Marriage Is Under Attack

Marriage is under attack by consumerism, by constant

busy-ness, by feminism, and by the sexual revolution.

2. Men and Women Are Different

Men and women are different physically and

psychologically.

3. Love Is an Action

Love in action requires no stipulations and a solid

commitment.

4. The Need for Romance

Fill each other's love tank by giving special gifts, by giving

quality time, by giving positive words, by giving acts of

service, and by giving physical touch.

5. The Need for Communication—Part 1

Avoid communication breakdown by giving each other some

time and by giving each other some clarity.

6. The Need for Communication—Part 2

Avoid communication breakdown by giving each other some

ear, by not denying the feelings, by not fixing things too

soon, and by not giving in to procrastination.

7. The Need for Communication—Part 3

Avoid communication breakdown by giving each other some

respect, by staying away from mind reading, and by staying

away from degrading behavior.

8. The Need for Reconciliation

Avoid marital isolation by refusing to give in to false

expectations, by refusing to delay, by refusing to retaliate, by

refusing to always have to be right, and by refusing to hold

back forgiveness.

9. The Need for Honor

We honor our spouse by our words and by our actions.

10. The Need for Intimacy

Develop intimacy by spending time with each other, by

sharing interest in each other, and by staying faithful to each

other.

11. The Need for Biblical Men

A Biblical man is a sacrificial leader, a spiritual leader, a

secure leader, and a sensitive leader.

12. The Need for Biblical Women

A Biblical woman is a nurturing support, a respectful

support, and an encouraging support.

13. The Need for a Strong Family

Maintain a strong family by sharing your problems between

each other, by showing your dependency upon each other, by

creating your own memories together, and by setting the

Lord as the top priority.

How to Receive Jesus Christ

Endnotes

Index

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