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Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough [Kindle Edition]

Justin Davis , Trisha Davis
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Book Description

How safe is your marriage? The answer may surprise you. The biggest threat to any marriage isn’t infidelity or miscommunication. The greatest enemy is ordinary. Ordinary marriages lose hope. Ordinary marriages lack vision. Ordinary marriages give in to compromise. Ordinary is the belief that this is as good as it will ever get. And when we begin to settle for ordinary, it’s easy to move from “I do” to “I’m done.”

Justin and Trisha Davis know just how dangerous ordinary can be. In this beautifully written book, Justin and Trisha take us inside the slow fade that occurred in their own marriage—each telling the story from their own perspective. Together, they reveal the mistakes they made, the work they avoided, the thoughts and feelings that led to an affair and near divorce, and finally, the heart-change that had to occur in both of them before they could experience the hope, healing, and restoration of a truly extraordinary marriage.

Editorial Reviews


Justin and Trisha share their story with transparency and courage. They provide practical and powerful teaching that is applicable to every couple - newlywed or veteran. This resource will greatly strengthen your marriage. I can say that honestly, because it's done it for mine. -Natalie Grant, 5-Time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year

My favorite thing about this book is that it's not a book on how to have a perfect marriage. It's a book about having a real marriage. And the difference between those two things is monumental. Honest, insightful and helpful, this is an awesome resource. -Jon Acuff, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like

Everyone likes a good love story. But many of us spend our lives slightly disappointed in the love story we're trying to live. Beyond Ordinary is what you've been looking for if you want to ignite your relationship to become what God intended you to have.-Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

What a moving and inspiring testimony! Justin and Trisha Davis are powerful examples of God's ability to breathe new life into a marriage that seems to have reached the end. Beyond Ordinary encourages every couple to believe that their relationship can become truly extraordinary.-Jim Daly, President - Focus on the Family

In this book of searing honesty, Justin and Trisha remind us that marraige, like any other good and beautiful thing, is worth fighting for, and cannot be won and kept without it. In their story you will find your story, or you will find hope for a story that needs healing in its own way.-John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Justin and Trisha show you what it have an incredible marriage, life, and faith. Reading this book just might save you a few scars, but be prepared: it will also call you out of complacency and into something extraordinary.-Jeff Goins, author, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life

Justin and Trisha share a story of struggle and hope as they pull back the curtain on a tragic marriage that turned triumphant. I am so thankful that they wrote this book and believe it will help people stop fighting in their marriage and actually begin fighting for it.-Perry Noble, Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

Justin and Trisha Davis have given us a profound gift of transparency and practical hope in Beyond Ordinary. Through their own journey they point the way to better relationships and healing for all of us, whether we are struggling or striving.-Jud Wilhite, author of Torn, Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church Las Vegas


In this book of searing honesty, Justin & Trisha remind us that marriage, like any other good and beautiful thing, is worth fighting for. In their story you will find your story, or you will find hope for a story that needs healing in its own way. (John Ortberg— Senior Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; author of The Me I Want to Be)

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414372272
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PX0JDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your run of the mill marriage book December 28, 2012
I'll be honest. I don't get into marriage books. Most of them are filled with somewhat "ivory tower" advice about how to have a great marriage (inevitably with the author's marriage as the model.)

This is not one of those marriage books. This is a "he said/she said memoir," and it really is written back and forth between Justin and Trisha, as if you are eavesdropping on their family therapy sessions. This is a book about rescuing a marriage from the brink. It's for couples who may have had some lofty pre-marital counseling, but now find themselves in desperate need some "post-marital" counseling. Justin and Trisha are brutally, beautifully, tragically honest about their marriage, and they are therefore more credible. If their marriage can me saved, so can yours.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Ordinary is Beyond Ordinary January 15, 2013
A few years ago my wife and I led a group of couples through a reading of "Sacred Marriage," by Gary Thomas. I would say it is the best overall book on Christian marriage available (yeah...I know...the Bible is better).

But here's the deal...

In that group there was a couple who were not getting along. On some nights the guys and gals would split up, and my wife and I (probably everyone) noticed how mean these two were towards each other. The long and short of it is that they split up within 12 months.

So what the heck does this have to do with "Beyond the Ordinary?"

Simple, when you read Trisha and Justin's book you are not let off via the "theoretical/philosophical hook." You can't just sit there and say to yourself, "Well that's the right theory. Of course the author can put down the right answers because his marriage is great. His examples are Mickey Mouse. He doesn't understand the s*** that we go through."

Why? Because on every page you get to see the s*** that Trisha and Justin went through (get over the cuss word by the the book...they go through s***).

And when they unpack their story, you are left bare. You are left without a course for avoidance. You are left in a place where the only thing you can do is receive their words of wisdom.

I wish I could've offered that couple "Beyond Ordinary." I wish I could've smacked the husband upside the head with it, or at least read it with him.

Bottom Line:
If your Christian marriage is going through hell, and you need to learn from folks who have lived through hell and survived, read "Beyond Ordinary."
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemptive read December 31, 2012
Beyond Ordinary is a very candid retelling of a couple's journey through marriage. The "he said, she said memoir" style provides for a punchy read as you move in and out of snapshots of Justin and Trisha's life. The personal stories range from familiar, to sitcom-esque, heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive. The personal stories serve as illustrations, laid alongside spiritual truths that provide marital wisdom in each chapter. This wisdom (learned the hard way) is applicable to any marriage longing to move beyond ordinary.

This book isn't like any other marriage book I've read. I found the transparency to be refreshing. Their honesty cracks open the myths many have about marriage and their journey opens your eyes to potential pitfalls in your own marriage.

My wife and I have been reading this book together. We have enjoyed discussing the end of the chapter questions. Highly recommend reading with your spouse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut Wrenching and Real December 9, 2013
If you're looking for a sappy, unattainable, "how to" marriage book; don't read this one. But if you want one of the most transparent, gut wrenching reality checks, then it's a must read! Even if you're not married, this book gives so much insight on what it means to be truly one with your spouse. Many of us enter into marriage with our pasts hidden and masks on. This book helped me so much to seek an overwhelmingly real that is beyond ordinary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent marriage book June 13, 2013
I was hesitant at first about reading a marriage book because I didn't think it would keep my attention and after a chapter of what I should or shouldn't do it would be a struggle to keep reading but that definitely does not describe this book. The authors share their real life marriage experiences in each chapter and some things they have learned along their marriage journey to turn a marriage from ordinary to extraordinary. Justin and Trisha shared both separately and together their struggles and triumphs during the course of their marriage so far. It was an excellent book. It was very hard to put the book down-I wanted to keep reading and find out what happened to their marriage.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and refreshing! December 31, 2012
By Charity
Knowing a story isn't the same as reading about two people LIVING a story.

I knew an overview of Justin and Trisha's marriage story before I even picked up the book, and I was still left breathless by their journey. It is a story of pain, loss, hope, and restoration. It is a story of God's faithfulness, even in the darkest places, even in the hardest moments. It is love and forgiveness, heartfelt confessions and honest struggles.

Every person, married or not, in a good marriage, a great marriage, or a marriage on the brink, will find something they can apply to their lives by reading this book.

I am recommending it to everyone I know!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good
This book was full of insight, glad to know God is in control :) good inspiration for any couple! Be blessed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stronger Relationship
We began reading this book for one of our small groups at church. It has inspired and energized our relationship with not only each other, life in general, but more importantly... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
I choose this rating because I am going through what they experienced. This book gave me hope. I am recommending this book to my husband to read.
Published 2 months ago by prtybrwneys
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I've read it and been to one ...
Great book. I've read it and been to one of their conferences. It is worth the read. There are comical parts but serious application areas also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mercy Jantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Read!
I can't even put into words what this book is unveiling about myself. I am so excited that I finally stepped out or up and ordered such a well written book.
Published 2 months ago by Tanyea Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars A definite must read
I like marriage books that dig into the real issues. This one does, and it cuts deep. I highly recommend the read and the advice that only Jesus can transform one's marriage.
Published 3 months ago by Robert E. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent
This is a must read. Excellent book. I recommended it to several couples and have used it as a resource during teaching studies.
Published 3 months ago by Otis
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't remember...
Don't remember ever reading this book so I gave it only a medium rating. Apparently I didn't like the beginning & deleted it.
Published 3 months ago by happygrandparent
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Story, Good Book
This was a very helpful book for a number of reasons. The story is powerful and compelling. It is also fairly well written.
Published 3 months ago by Steven Halbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
Most defiantly will refer book to any couple with any issues, helped us out a lot, to see from a different point of view
Published 3 months ago by Elisha Kotow
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