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What Did You Expect by Paul Tripp

This is one of the better marriage books that I have read. Tripp quickly gets to the heart of the matter, and I was convicted many times as I read through his book on how to change your marriage for the better.

Tripp focuses on the fact that in a marriage, two sinful people, made with God given differences and personalities, come together to live one life.

The book is ordered around six different commitments that lead to a better, god-honoring marriage:

#1 We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness.
#2 We will make growth and change our daily agenda.
#3 We will work together to build a sturdy bond of trust.
#4 We will commit to building a relationship of love.
#5 We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace.
#6 We will work to protect our marriage.

With each of these various points, Tripp provides real life examples, I assume, from his counseling experience.

I appreciated the author’s candor and realism in this book. Marriage is hard work, but it is the most satisfying work to be done. I know that I went into my marriage thinking that work wasn’t really required. Boy, was I wrong. Read this book and than read it together with your spouse. Often the procedures are painful, but the cure is worth it.


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