Great marriages don't just happenthey're made, intentionally, day by day. Yet most of us enter the covenant of marriage thinking that the role of spouse will be easy, natural, effortless. Rarely is this true. In fact, the number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathya lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship.
With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson explains the three critical roles of a spousefriend, partner, and loverand shows how to nurture those roles in order to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Using solid biblical principles, he helps couples understand how to grow their friendship, be a supportive partner through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.
Friends, Partners, and Lovers offers essential insight for couples at any stage of marriage but will be especially helpful to those who are struggling and those who are engaged or newly married and looking to start their marriage on strong footing.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at www.kevinathompson.com.
Table of Contents
1 The Number One Cause of Divorce 11
2 People Stay in Love in Predictable Ways 27
Part 1 Friend
3 No Wonder You Don't Love Each Other 41
4 The Most Overlooked Characteristic of Marriage 53
5 Give Thanks and Play 65
6 My Best Friend, Not My Only Friend 79
Part 2 Partner
7 Marry a Partner, Not a Child 95
8 How I Predict Divorce Based on the Wedding Cake 109
9 Why Nobel Peace Prize Winners Get Divorced 123
10 How to Make Her Dreams Come True 137
Part 3 Lover
11 The Appeal of Easy Sex 153
12 Three Types of Married Sex 165
13 How to Have Great Sex 177
14 The Twenty-Four-Hour Rule (and Other Solutions to Common Sex Problems) 189
Conclusion: How to Save Your Marriage 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kevin A. Thompson has continued to impress me with his thoughtful, concise, and blunt advice to married couples. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the many practical tips it contained. Will definitely be passing on to friends and giving this book as a wedding gift regularly. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Friends, Partners, and Lovers shares Kevin A. Thompson’s thoughts and experiences on “what it takes to make your marriage work”. Thompson discusses three critical roles of a spouse and offers strategies and suggestions for developing and maintaining a healthy relationship. “Healthy marriages do not have less conflict; they have more positive interactions.” I enjoyed the insight, practical approaches, and simple instructions outlined in the book, as well as the intentional thoughts and discussion questions that conclude each chapter. “Marriage at its best harnesses both the strength of two individuals and the power of a united couple.” Friends, Partners, and Lovers is a great source of encouragement for couples at any stage of marriage! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
I'm married to my best friend. That's what I tell people who don't know me and want to know who my husband is. He's my best friend. When we met, I was leery of another relationship. My first marriage was not the greatest. Too many bad things happening. I didn't trust any guy. But, my husband patiently persisted and one day I took a leap of Faith after praying hard, and 4 years later we are still married. Do we fight? Oh Lord, do we ever! But, one thing I can say is we stay friends through it all. We work our problems out. We seek advice if we need it. We never give up. Kevin A. Thompson is an author I'd not heard of before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book, especially with it being a non fiction book. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! He takes three key aspects to making a marriage work and tells us why they work. It's definitely something I have taken to heart and really want to work on with my husband! The way Mr. Thompson describes these aspects really make me reflect on my marriage now. Four years of happiness with my best friend, sure. But, there is more that we can be doing to really make it work. This is a 4 star worthy book, in my opinion! I enjoyed his writing style, as it makes it easy to read this non fiction book and to not get bored reading it. If you are in a happy marriage, or a marriage that you aren't sure if it's going to make it, then I highly recommend this read! It will help you think and reflect on what your doing now, and what could improve it. Definitely a great partner read with your spouse! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
This book was very interesting and compelling to read with all the story inside this book that can be use and helping for all the marriage, couple, partners, lovers or everyone to determine where and how to make concrete improvements also challenge to create a healthy happy marriage and stronger relationship more than ever because we all know that in the real word that we are all living no matter that we having a good time or a bad time if we are all supporting and understand trust in there love will live forever by using solid biblical principles will help you grow even more anything. I highly to everyone must to read this book. " I received this book free from Revell Reads Blog program for this review "
I'll admit. Reading a book about marriage doesn't top my list most days. I have been married for over 20 years and while we still have "moments" I would consider we are doing pretty good. I ran across Kevin's blog and found myself soaking up his advice and words of wisdom over marriage. So when his book came out, I had to read it. I found it so encouraging and applicable. I have learned to work harder in certain areas and it has made a big difference in my marriage. If you are married or engaged, I would recommend this book! In fact, I already have to several friends.