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Love That Lasts (Foreword by CJ and Carolyn Mahaney): When Marriage Meets Grace [Kindle Edition]

Gary Ricucci , Betsy Ricucci , C. J. Mahaney , Carolyn Mahaney
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Book Description

Marriage is a profound and marvelous mystery established by God for his glory-and that is for our good. So many marital relationships never reach their greatest potential because they have the fatal limitation of being focused on one another. When our focus is solely on God, our marriages have the potential to thrive and not merely survive.



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“Love That Lasts is thoroughly biblical, very practical, and quite convicting. The Ricuccis do not write from an ivory-tower mind-set but from the experience of working through to a successful marriage in their own lives. Every Christian couple should benefit from this book.” —Jerry Bridges Author, The Pursuit of Holiness “If you knew Gary and Betsy like I do, if you could see them together and feel the warmth, respect, and deep romantic love that they have for one another, you would snatch up this book and read it just to learn all you could from them. I recommend that you do so! They live what they write about, and that’s what makes their book so compelling.” —Joshua Harris Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland

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"Love That Lasts is thoroughly biblical, very practical, and quite convicting. The Ricuccis do not write from an ivory-tower mind-set but from the experience of working through to a successful marriage in their own lives. Every Christian couple should benefit from this book."
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

"If you knew Gary and Betsy like I do, if you could see them together and feel the warmth, respect, and deep romantic love that they have for one another, you would snatch up this book and read it just to learn all you could from them. I recommend that you do so! They live what they write about, and that's what makes their book so compelling."
Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep


Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1581347820
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (April 7, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001YWNATQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! May 20, 2006
Format:Paperback
"A potter begins by centering his clay on the wheel. When the wheel starts turning, he can't just grab the clay. He must carefully but firmly keep the clay in the center of the wheel. He has to work it gently but deliberately, applying just enough pressure to shape it while constantly adding moisture. If he lets the clay get cold, it becomes stiff, resistant, and unworkable. If he neglects the clay and fails to add water, it will dry out and crack. If he stops the process and then starts again, he may force the clay off center, or he may mar it by putting his hands on it too quickly or aggressively. It takes time, but if the potter is patient, creative, and firm but gentle, there's no limit to what he can create."

This brief excerpt is drawn from Love That Lasts, written by Gary and Betsy Ricucci. Gary, who wrote these words, applies this metaphor to a husband learning to practice romance as an art. "I am to pursue my wife consistently, warmly, and affectionately, lavishing her with encouragement and affirmation." What caught my attention as I read this section of the book was the lesson he seeks to teach through these words. While the lesson is meant primarily for husbands as they relate to their wives, there is such a strong parallel between the marriage relationship and the relationship of Christ to His people that I could not help but see a lesson for my relationship with the Savior. "Every wife is different, and so is every season of life." We could as easily affirm that "every person is different, as is every season of life." And here is the lesson: "But like the potter, we are committed to the process as well as to the outcome." That little sentence stopped me in my tracks.

"Like the potter, we are committed to the process as well as to the outcome.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Refreshing June 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a very refreshing read. It kindled my love for Alicia and for the ordinance of marriage. They have a very high view of marriage, namely because they have a high view of God, where marriage begins. As with all of the people at Sovereign Grace, these writers are Spirit-filled, Word-centered, and gospel-saturated. They also are complementarians, doing a great job covering roles and responsibilities. Another added benefit, is their understanding of the necessity of the local church in all of life, especially marriage. The chapter on the husband's role is insightful and challenging. The chapter for wives is great too.

These writers have spent some timing learning from the guys at CCEF (Tripp, Powlison). Conflict is inevitable (if there is true intimacy), but the way in which you resolve conflict is vitally important. I was particularly challenged to be very specific and use biblical terms when confessing sin (and no 'but's'). The chapters on romance and sex were great too. Busyness is a type of selfishness, a failure of priority. I would highly recommend this little book to all, single, engaged, and married. Throughout the book, they acknowledge their indebtedness to the Mahaney's and point the reader to their books for further study.

"Nothing is more important to your marriage than your theology" 21

"Nothing is more essential to a marriage, and nothing brings more hope, than applying the gospel of Jesus Christ." 23

"So many couples spend their lives avoiding conflict. They choose a superficial 'peace at any price'--a price much higher than they realize." 113
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that lasts, for a marriage that lasts. December 1, 2006
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LOVE THAT LASTS: WHEN MARRIAGE MEETS GRACE is a revised edition of a 1992 book by the same couple and with similar name. This is a magnificent volume for limited reading audiences. I say that for this reason; if you are a devoted Christian couple or seeking God's guidance in your marriage, this is a must read and you will cherish every page. If you are somewhat lackadaisical in your personal devotion to Christian living and believe you can build a strong marriage without God's grace and guidance, you probably won't finish the book, but then, if you fall in the latter category, you probably wouldn't buy it to begin with.

The book can be a bit tedious at times, but the style in which it is written prompts the reader to stop and think about what has been said. What I guess I'm trying to say is, this is not a book that you can breeze through in an afternoon, though it is limited to fewer than 200 pages. You have to really contemplate the messages and absorb the content to gain the book's full measure of benefit. This is a book that should be read with an attitude of dedication and resolve. Do that, and you will gain insightful knowledge.

One of the many things I have gleaned from its pages comes very early on in the opening pages of the first chapter where Gary likens marriage to a family vacation. That analogy set me to thinking on the subject and I worked out a counseling method that I have found most effective. When I am giving pre-marriage counseling to a young couple, they are often quite reserved at first, so I break the ice with asking about movies and the movie "Vacation" where virtually everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.
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Excellent Book!
Published 1 month ago by Matthew H Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the BEST pre-marital counseling book I have ever used
In 35 years of being a pastor, this is the BEST pre-marital counseling book I have ever used!
Published 2 months ago by Pastortv
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Great book! We used it for a class and now are using it to mentor other couples. This is a book that can help build the foundation for a great Christian marriage. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karen Curtis
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excellent books for couples
Published 4 months ago by alice b.
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on marriage I've ever read
This book helped our marriage more than any book we've ever read. It's helpful, humble, practical, theological, balanced and wise. Must read.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
Read this book with a small group of newly married couples from our church and I highly recommend it! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anonymous12
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I bought this book for myself and my husband as soon as we got married. I love this book because it tells how amazing a marriage can be. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brooklyne Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars The answer in marriage to a Love That Lasts
Great book for newlyweds and olderweds. Biblically based with wonderful insights to our own selfish natures revealing the answer for a love that lasts from Jesus in John 13:34 A... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Glenn Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful counsel
I highly recommend this book for all Christian married couples. Written from husband and wife perspective, very helpful to engaged couples to those long time married. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Connie Scheller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for mentoring
Reading and discussing this together with young couples we are mentoring ensures that we address core issues, even those we are less comfortable with, and gives us a framework for... Read more
Published 20 months ago by 9lhearts
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