In the beginning, marriage doesn't seem as though it should be all that difficult. But it doesn't take long for trouble to seep in and for bad habits to become entrenched. Before long, many married couples may be wondering when the "worse" part ends and the "better" part starts.Pastor and author Kevin A. Thompson has good news for couples: the "better" part is always within reach when they practice eight specific commitments to each other. These commitments have the power to solve almost any problem a marriage faces, and to prevent new ones from occurring. With biblical insights and engaging personal stories, Thompson shows couples how to see their marriage as bigger than themselves, avoid both apathy and aggression, release the desire for power, make and maintain peace, endure difficult times, and more. Perfect for newlyweds and for married couples at any stage of life, Happily is the gateway to a more loving, more joy-filled marriage.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Kevin A. Thompson is the author of Friends, Partners, and Lovers and 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 premarital 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
Introduction: More Than Luck 13
Commitment 1 Happily Humble Yourselves 31
Commitment 2 Happily Embrace the Hurt 55
Commitment 3 Happily Avoid Both Apathy and Aggression 73
Commitment 4 Happily See Marriage as Bigger Than You 93
Commitment 5 Happily Refuse Power Struggles 111
Commitment 6 Happily Live in Truth 127
Commitment 7 Happily Make Peace 147
Commitment 8 Happily Endure Whatever May Come 165