While presented as a revolutionary discovery in relationship health, the 6 pillars and much of the advice here is familiar to other titles targeting this audience. A rundown of common challenges couples face (“You Might Fall Into Being Roommates”) is refreshing, as is the emphasis on living with intentionality. Much of the content can be summed up by this truism: communicate openly and often, in good faith. Familiarity doesn’t mean it’s not true, of course, and DiLorenzo makes that case with a fresh spirit and many original examples (like the rut of one partner feeling in charge of planning all recreational events) that will appeal to Christian couples.
DiLorenzo champions trust, openness, and physical intimacy between couples, which includes but is not limited to sex, arguing that “becoming one isn’t just about having sex with your spouse.” Instead, DiLorenzo writes, “it’s about sharing all parts of yourself with them.” She acknowledges that this can take effort and even, as the years go by, re-learning. In the inviting tone of a friend she urges readers toward being “intentional” in intimacy and never taking it for granted. Readers looking for an up-to-date faith-based guide to strengthening a marriage or facing common marital woes will find this a compact, easily readable compilation of relationship advice with bursts of playful style.
Takeaway: A brief, easily readable collection of relationship advice for Christian couples.
Great for fans of: Ryan and Selena Frederick’s See-Through Marriage, Paul David Tripp’s Marriage: 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make.
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