I have to be honest. My expectations for most books on marriage are pretty low. So many books on Christian marriage these days are filled with clichés and pop psychology. Biblical wisdom is overshadowed or replaced altogether by pithy sayings and readers are left wandering in a postmodern wasteland.
Craig and Amy Groeschel’s book, From This Day Forward is a different kind of book. Readers looking for a theological treatise should turn to Tim Keller’s, The Meaning of Marriage for a more comprehensive and robust treatment. But that is not a criticism of the Groeschel’s book in any way.
From This Day Forward is a straightforward book that offers help for married couples or couples planning to be married. The authors present five commitments to “fail-proof” their marriage.
The authors urge readers to:
- Seek God
- Fight fair
- Have fun
- Stay pure
- Never give up
The defining feature of From This Day Forward is the unwavering principle of the life-long covenant of marriage. While the five points offered above provide practical help for couples, the covenant of marriage is the thread that holds the five commitments together. The book is grounded in Scripture and is written in an easy to read format. I’ll be adding this to my list of required reading for couples in pre-marital counseling.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.