- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (April 7 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581347820
- ISBN-13: 978-1581347821
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace Paperback – Apr 28 2006
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"Love That Lasts is thoroughly biblical, very practical, and quite convicting. The Ricuccis do not write from an ivory-tower mind-set but from the experience of working through to a successful marriage in their own lives. Every Christian couple should benefit from this book."
―Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
About the Author
Gary and Betsy Ricucci are members of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Kentucky, where Gary serves as a pastor. They have 35 years of experience serving engaged and married couples through small groups, counseling, seminars, and conferences. Gary is also director of student care for the Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Ministries.
C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.
Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at GirlTalkHome.com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., have four children and twelve grandchildren.
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This book is a great resource to invest in because our marriages cannot receives enough challenge, correction and encouragement. Also reading Gary and Betsy's book is like walking with a godly couple on their journey and gleaning nuggets of wisdom along the way. I praise God for this couple and this book.
The book can be a bit tedious at times, but the style in which it is written prompts the reader to stop and think about what has been said. What I guess I'm trying to say is, this is not a book that you can breeze through in an afternoon, though it is limited to fewer than 200 pages. You have to really contemplate the messages and absorb the content to gain the book's full measure of benefit. This is a book that should be read with an attitude of dedication and resolve. Do that, and you will gain insightful knowledge.
One of the many things I have gleaned from its pages comes very early on in the opening pages of the first chapter where Gary likens marriage to a family vacation. That analogy set me to thinking on the subject and I worked out a counseling method that I have found most effective. When I am giving pre-marriage counseling to a young couple, they are often quite reserved at first, so I break the ice with asking about movies and the movie "Vacation" where virtually everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. Then I ask the couple to give details about their worst vacation, making notes along the way of things like, poor planning, not enough money, didn't really want to go so didn't enjoy it very much, weather conditions and a variety of other scenarios that went wrong.
In almost every case, once both bride and groom have told of their worst vacations, they have clearly outlined the exact things that I am there to counsel them about. I am able to illustrate how better planning, communication, attitudes, etc., combined with more realistic expectations on their parts would have made the vacations much more enjoyable. This opens up discussion for applying these same principles to their marriage. The fact that this all stems from their own personal experiences seems to make it all much more applicable as they are usually able to see that even that worst vacation could have been a treasure if they had been willing to except the pitfalls of life and "roll with it", working things out and altering your course as you go along.
I believe you will find similar gems in this book that will open doors to a stronger marriage. For a Christian couple, dedicated to building a strong covenant marriage, and using that marriage to serve the Lord, this is one of the best books you'll find.
Pastor Monty Rainey