Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book Review: Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After

In the book "Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After", Craig Groeschel presents ideas for singles to help them achieve the marriage they have always dreamed of -- before it starts.  For instance, he points out if you are constantly attracting the wrong kind of person, it could be you are putting out the wrong kind of signals.  He mentions you should make a list of what qualities you want in a future spouse, once you are done with the list, work on those areas in your own life.  After all, should you expect traits in someone else you are not willing to give yourself?

He explains that you are not to be looking for "The One" as God should be your number one.  Instead you should be finding "Your Two".  He talks about seeking advice from mentors or people you trust, admire and respect as well waiting for "Your Two".

Of course he discusses hot button issues such as sex before marriage.  (In a nutshell, don't do it.)  Also living together before marriage.  (Don't do it, be committed to the relationship more than just moving in together.)  He also discusses how to break up with the person you are dating without hurting them.

There is a chapter each for men and women on how to be a good husband or wife.  He discusses leadership and how that looks lived out in a practical manner (leadership in spiritual issues, financial, etc.)  He also explains that this is not something you can beat your wife over the head with and make her do whatever because you are the leader, but there should be mutual submission in place.  For the women, he discusses rebelling against the lies that our culture tells us.  These are things like we have to have a man to be complete or we can change a man.

There is a study guide included in this book, which would make it ideal to be used in a small group setting.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  I thought some of his attempts at humor were a bit lame, but he got his message across even if I didn't always think some of the jokes were funny.  This book was previously published as "Going All the Way" and I read it when it was published under another name, not realizing this was the same book when I requested it from the publisher for review.  I rarely re-read books and wouldn't have read it again had I realized this.  As someone in my thirties who is single and has never been married, I didn't find a lot of new information in this book, but it's still a good read to remind myself of certain ideals.

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FTC disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.  The opinions are my own.

Read the first chapter:
Love Sex and Happily Ever After by Craig Groeschel Sneak Peek

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