From This Day Forward is a new book on marriage from Craig and Amy Groeschel. It introduces “five commitments to fail-proof your marriage,” which are: seek God, fight fair, have fun, stay pure, and never give up. In Craig’s usual writing style, it is a quick, easy read that is packed full of practical advice for single people considering marriage, and those who are already married.
No one goes into a marriage expecting it to fail, but very few are prepared for just how difficult maintaining a successful relationship can be. When expectations are not met, most marriages fall into crisis, and nearly 50% end in divorce. Craig points out that few people would enter into other major commitments with a 50% fail rate, and if they did, they would change their behavior to ensure a different outcome. Why don’t we do this in our marriages?
In the book Craig outlines the 5 commitments. He emphasizes not only how important it is for each person to have God at the center of their life, but also for couples to actively seek God together. He gives practical tips for learning to fight fair, having fun together, keeping yourself pure, and never giving up.
When my husband and I were dating we read Craig’s first book on marriage, Going All The Way (now re-titled Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After), so I was kind of expecting From This Day Forward to be a rehash of that. While there are certainly some similar themes and passages, this book is definitely geared more towards marriage, and was a great read for me in this season of my life. The biggest (and best in my opinion) difference between the books is that at the end of every chapter of From This Day Forward Amy Groeschel writes a a bit about her perspective. I have a massive amount of respect for Craig Groeschel, but I can’t imagine he is an easy personality to be married to, and Amy’s insights into the five commitments truly spoke to me.
A good marriage doesn’t just happen. It take commitment, a lot of work, and the determination to not give up. My husband and I read through this book at the same time, and then discussed it together at night. I am a voracious reader, but my husband is NOT. If it doesn’t have Tom Clancy or something sci-fi on the cover, he isn’t interested. Not only did he read this book, he actually finished before I did! And I have seen a dramatic change in the way he approaches our marriage, definitely for the better.
I think every married couple, or single person considering marriage, would benefit from the perspective of this book. Now, I was provided a copy of this book to review, but I want to give one away. I liked it so much I am furnishing the copy to give away myself. Enter on the widget below, and feel free to share this with anyone you think may be interested.