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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414372272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414372273
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 takes...to 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

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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)

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Thank you, Justin and Trisha, for sharing your story.
Chris M. Owens
It is a book that you will want to read, and it will make you look at your own marriage in a deeper way to see if the same issues are creeping in.
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Would highly recommend every married couple read this book BEFORE you get in their situation of an affair.
April Romero

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matt Appling on December 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By Jared Yaple on January 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 way...read 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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Redford40 on December 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By i blog 4 books on August 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I want to preface my review by saying that I understand that Justin and Trisha Davis (the authors) are real people. I think it shows great courage to write a book sharing the darkest, ugliest parts of your life in the hopes that God would be glorified through your testimony and that others might be helped.

Unfortunately, though, I didn't feel that the book was executed well. First, let me explain the layout of the book. The book is divided into twelve chapters. Each chapter begins with Justin and Trisha telling a little about their story--how they met, some about their dating life, their young marriage, having children, struggles in their marriage, the issues that nearly caused their marriage to crumble, and a bit about how they were able to overcome those problems. The "story" alternates between the two of them, so you get both perspectives. This section reads like a blog or a conversation. Then the last half to two-thirds of the chapter is "teaching" on marriage and topics geared toward helping couples improve their marriage. This section reads very much like a sermon.

Now, here's what I liked about the book. It was well-written, technically speaking. Everything made sense and was well-edited. I also liked the back-and-forth style of the first part of each chapter, allowing both Justin and Trisha to tell their story in their own words.

From the beginning, I found it extremely difficult to like Justin and Trisha--as they chose to portray themselves through the first section of each chapter. Justin especially seemed unlikable, and I wondered all along why "Team Justin" felt so strongly that Trisha and Justin should date and marry.

Throughout the book, Justin told story after story of awful things he said and did to Trisha and their children.
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