Will surely bless your marriage! "Friends, Partners & Lovers" by Kevin A. Thompson

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about the book....

Great marriages don't just happen--they're made, intentionally, day by day. 

The number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathy--a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship. It's forgetting that as a husband or wife you have three distinct roles: friend, partner, and lover.

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson shows how to live out those roles. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Whether you are starry-eyed in love or struggling to make it work, this book will show you how to keep your marriage healthy, strong, and fulfilling.

my review....

Young married couples, old(er) married couples, couples anticipating marriage - "Friends, Partners, & Lovers" offers up some fantastic guidance that will surely bless your marriage! I greatly appreciate the straight-forward manner that Thompson writes in, offering a very practical book that is easy to read from start to finish. There were multiple moments while reading this book that I recognized some of the arguments people make about marriage, such as, marriage should be easy if you truly love each other, or it's not romantic if marriage takes work. Thomspon squashes such an argument, reminding readers that a happy marriage requires people to be intentional about investing in the relationship. Recognizing elements of troubling conversations I've had over the years, I found myself thinking of multiple people that I felt would benefit from this book, not to mention myself of course! I applauded the chapters where Thompson focuses on the importance of your spouse being your friend first. In a culture where people seem to have sex before they may even know the last name of the person, Thompson offers up a refreshingly different path, where men and women first become the best of friends before getting to marriage. In my own marriage, I've seen how this set a firm foundation for everything that was to follow - and my wife remains my best friend to this day. I also felt Thompson did a great job at talking about the sexual aspect of the marriage relationship, offering a balanced and Biblical viewpoint that is sure to both challenge and encourage couples. The questions at the end of each chapter of this book are excellent, and will help couples create space to talk about some difficult issues.

All in all, "Friends, Partners & Lovers" is a well-crafted, practical book that has earned a permanent place on my shelf. This book is perfect for couples at all stages of their marital journey, and I award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Kevin A. Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at www.kevinathompson.com.

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