Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage

Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage


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He never saw it coming. It was the night of Dave and Ann’s tenth wedding anniversary and if asked how their marriage was doing, Dave would have said a 9.8 out of 10 and he even guaranteed Ann would say the same. But instead of giving a celebratory kiss, Ann whispered, “I’ve lost my feelings for you.”

Divorce seemed inevitable. But starting that night, God began to reveal to Dave and Ann the most overlooked secret of getting the marriage we are looking for: the horizontal marriage relationship just doesn’t work until the vertical relationship with Christ is first.

As founders of a multi-campus church and marriage coaches with 30 years of experience, Dave and Ann share the hard-earned but easy-to-apply biblical principles that ensure a strong marriage. Written in a funny and highly relatable dialogue between both husband and wife, Vertical Marriage will guide you toward building a vibrant relationship at every level including communication, conflict, intimacy, and romance—though Dave is still figuring that last one out. Through their unique perspectives, they share an intimate, sometimes hilarious and at times deeply poignant narrative of one couple’s journey to reconnecting with God and discovering the joy and power of a vertical marriage.

For anyone who is married, preparing for marriage, or desperate to save a relationship teetering on the edge of disaster, Dave and Ann offer hope and strategies that really work. Vertical Marriage will give you the insight, applications, and inspiration to reconnect with God together and to transform your marriage to everything you hoped it would be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310352143
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 81,785
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dave Wilson is the Detroit Lions Chaplain, a lead pastor, and a nationally touring speaker. But it’s his singular passion for enriching lives through spreading the Word and wisdom of God that truly defines him. As the co-founder, alongside his wife, of Kensington Community Church, a national, multi-campus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend, Dave’s energy and experience allow him to engage with crowds of any size.

Ann Wilson has served alongside her husband for more than twenty-five years, co-founding Kensington Community Church, speaking at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember®, and hosting their own marriage conferences across the country. They live in the Detroit area, and they have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody; three daughters-in-law; and two grandchildren.

John Driverhas authored, coauthored, or collaboratively written over a dozen books with authors such as Tim Hawkins (Diary of a Jackwagon),Reggie Dabbs (Reggie and Just Keep Breathing), David Ring (The Boy Born Dead), and Todd Wagner (Come and See). He has also written numerous articles for Relevant Magazine.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dennis Barbara Rainey 13

Part 1 Going Vertical

1 Six Words That Changed Everything 17

2 "I've Lost My Feelings for You" 25

3 A Surprise in the Honeymoon Suite 38

4 The Vertical Starts Here 48

Part 2 Conflict and Communication

5 "Come Back Here and Fight Like a Man!" 65

6 Welcome to the Jungle 75

7 The Shapes of Wrath 85

8 Just Zip It 97

9 Tear Down That Wall 107

10 "All 1 Hear Is, 'Boo!'" 125

11 What Every Wife Longs For 138

Part 3 Intimacy

12 Sex in the Chapel 151

13 Don't You Think about Sex All the Time? 161

14 Dave's Neck Problem (Ann's Perspective) 178

15 Dave's Neck Problem (Dave's Perspective) 186

Part 4 Living Vertical

16 All In 205

17 Victory through Surrender 218

Acknowledgments 229

Going Vertical: Questions for Couples 233

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