One of the people I pay attention to for good advice about relationships is Rhett Smith. Rhett is a counselor and former pastor and the author of Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good? (Bookwi.se Review) and the upcoming What it Means to Be a Man: God’s Design for Us in a World Filled With Extremes.
Rhett reviewed Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough a couple of weeks ago. Since then my Sister-in-Law and then my Mother-in-Law have read and recommended it to me and my wife has almost completely finished it as well. I plan on putting it in my short list of books to read. Here is the opening of the review:
Is your marriage extraordinary today? Or are you miles away from those early feelings, hopes, and dreams? Even the healthiest marriages have the potential to drift.
In their opening page I believe that Justin and Trisha Davis have accurately identified one of the core issues that most marriages are facing today…that is the inevitable drift that occurs between two people in a relationship and leads to ordinary marriages. And ordinary marriages lead to all kinds of disconnection (physical, emotional, relational and spiritual) and all kinds of devastation (affairs, addictions to substances and pornography, depression, anxiety).