Written by an experienced Christian therapist, you’d think this book would be full of sage advice dispensed with a modicum of humour and plenty of analogies. You would be only partially correct. The title should give away this no-holds-barred retelling of the stories of these biblical characters: whether they made good and bad, only bad, or outrageously good, choices.
I appreciate the variety of the chosen couples, some of whom may be less known. Instead of trying to fit applicable Bible verses into a therapeutic model, David Clarke shows his readers how the problems of the past (couples) are eerily similar to the problems faced by today’s couples. Not much has changed since Adam’s and Eve’s fateful meal, and God uses the stories of these couples to show us what we can do to stay on track as we follow after Him. Whether it’s sexual issues, abuse diagnosis, communication breakdowns and building—every aspect of marriage will be uncovered.
The confident, exuberant voice of the author sets a tone of seriously fun teaching and discovery. Beyond the over-use of adverbs, his writing style is easy to follow and replete with practical applications. Unlike other marriage books I could mention (but won’t), he doesn’t repeat his points ad nausem to fill the space. I could live without the discussion questions at the end of each chapter, but many may find them helpful in reviewing the topics discussed.
Thank you to NetGalley (www.netgalley.com) and Barbour Publishing Inc. for providing me with this book to read and review.