Giveaway Day

Today, we begin a brand new month, and that means it’s Giveaway Day here on the blog. Not too long back, I told you about a soon-to-be-published marriage book that would be worth buying. What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp is now available. And as it turns out, one of you won’t need to buy the book, because I’m going to give it away today. Whether you’re married, preparing to marry, hoping to marry one day, or planning to help others with their marriages, Tripp’s newest book promises to be a beneficial read.

From Crossway Books:

Marriage, according to Scripture, will always involve two flawed people living with each other in a fallen world. Yet, in pastor Paul Tripp’s professional experience, the majority of couples enter marriage with unrealistic expectations, leaving them unprepared for the day-to-day realities of married life.

This unique book introduces a biblical and practical approach to those realities that is rooted in God’s faithfulness and Scripture’s teaching on sin and grace. “Spouses need to be reconciled to each other and to God on a daily basis,” Tripp declares. “Since we’re always sinners married to sinners, reconciliation isn’t just the right response in moments of failure. It must be the lifestyle of any healthy marriage.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it? To enter today’s giveaway, add a comment to this post telling me the best piece of marriage advice you’ve come across. It may be something a friend shared, a thought you read or heard in a sermon, or maybe just your favorite Scripture relating to marriage. Add your comment, making sure to include your email address (so I can contact you if you win!), and at midnight (EST) tonight, I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner. 

Happy commenting! 

Photo: Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo

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15 thoughts on “Giveaway Day

  1. C. J. Mahaney did a sermon entitled “Cravings and Conflicts” in which he talks about the marriage advice he gave his daughters and their husbands. He describes how not getting what we want from our spouse (or others) ultimately underlies all of our conflicts. At the end of the day, he says, we need to recognize when we are idolizing something and letting our want cause conflict and specifically confess that. It’s the best marriage and relationship advice I’ve ever heard.

  2. My favorite-“Never go to bed angry.”

    “A man’s most basic need is to be respected by his wife. This is to be rendered with/without him having ‘earned’ it, in the same way that while we were yet sinners Christ loved us and gave himself for us..we, in no way, having earned such love..”

  3. My Married Adults Without Children group have been meeting once a month for a book study. We’ver been reading Love that Lasts by Gary & Betsy Ricucci. In this book (along with a CD and Bible verses on conflict), I’ve definitely learned that conflict arises when there are two people wanting something deferent. This doesn’t have to necessarily be bad, but it can go down that road. Usually what happens to me is I can see the roaring head of selfish when a conflict starts between my hubby and me. Unfortunately, sometimes I’ve let my selfish side win…and then an agrument or disagreement has started…. So, I guess what I’ve learned and studied from The Word and this book, is what is my heart motive that may cause a potential agrument?

  4. I have been married for 30 years. And, I love the Fireproof movie and the Love Dare. One thing that had made perfect sense to me is the quote: Don’t follow your heart, but you’ve got to lead your heart.” Our heart is not always “right” with the Lord or our spouse. It can be wicked. That’s why we have to guard our heart. You choose to love that person, just like you choose to forgive them when they fail. We all have choices to make . What would the Lord want us to choose? To hold on to anger? Or being “right”? Or to let go and let God. I truly believe that marriage is a lifetime commitment. Not always easy, but rewarding!

  5. Oh, this looks like a good book – marriage is tough, even in the best of circumstances. And this world is not the best of circumstances anymore!

  6. I like that little but powerful piece of relationship advice in 1 Cor 13:5 (that last little phrase in the verse)… reminding that True love doesn’t keep a running list of each time someone else has missed the mark in my eyes.

  7. Marriage is all about two people coming together with the mutual goal of glorifying their Savior. One of our favorite verses and one that we have tried to base our marriage on is Psalm 34:3 “Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.”

  8. I once heard that it is right to marry someone if you know that in marrying one another, you bring more glory to God together as a couple than you do alone as a single individual.

  9. Someone once told me not to date or marry someone based on the character I hoped they would have in the future, but based on the character they have in the present.

  10. I have received much good advise from the “mature” women in our church, many who have been married for 40+ years. One lady told me at my bridal shower- Remember that after the wedding there is a marriage. So true! I also loved the advise of one lady who said that her goal was for her husband to be more glad today then yesterday that he married her. May God help me follow their Godly examples!

  11. It helps to remember, if you married a good-willed man or woman, they don’t intend to hurt, annoy or disappoint you. It makes it much easier to forgive if you don’t take it as a personal attack.

  12. Leslie Ludy says in Set-Apart Femininity, “If Jesus Christ isn’t enough right now, then He won’t be enough after marriage either…If you want to prepare for a marriage that will last, cultivate your romance with Christ. Allow Him to captivate your heart and become your ‘all in all.’ And whether you ever get married or not, you still experience the greatest love story of all time!” (pg 185)

  13. I love what my dad has always told us- that the most important job he had as a husband was to let his children know that he loved God and our mom no matter what, forever. It didn’t mean as much when I was younger, but seeing the results of broken marriages around me now, it is wonderful to know that after 32 years, my parents are still deeply in love! What a gift that is!

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