“Marriages either grow or they regress. They never stand still.”
This book begins with the authors Jill and Mark’s story with how they met and their ups and downs of the last 33 years of marriage. “A real marriage isn’t perfect. A real marriage is two people being perfected. Come along as we share our story, lessons learned along the way, and discover how God uses marriage to refine us in ways we never could have imagined.”
This book talks about and identifies “7 fades” they have experienced during marriage that readers may be experiencing as well. For example: the slow fade of not accepting, the slow fade of defensive responses, and the slow fade of avoiding emotion. This book addresses these fades throughout.
At the end of every chapter there is a page that includes; think about it, talk about it, talk to God about it, and today’s truth (questions, scriptures, or journaling prompts).
I really liked the chapter about picking up your “God Tools”: courage, forgiveness, grace, love, humility, wisdom, compassion, and acceptance.
I also liked chapter 19 “Beware the quicksand”. It talks about “building hedges” and keeping your marriage safe from temptation.
The authors did a great job of writing this book. I liked that every chapter went back-and-forth between Jill and Mark’s perspective making it a great book for men or women. They use alot of scriptures and their own personal experiences and thoughts.
I have read other books by Jill and I have found them very helpful and very relatable. They are so brave to share their personal marriage story, the good and the bad.
I highly recommend this practical, easy to read, marriage and relationship book. “no more perfect marriages” is about having the right expectations and growing in love.
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.