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Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room Paperback – May 1, 2012
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“Our culture has lied to us: romantic love is not a blissfully perfect state of being. Truly loving someone requires sacrifice and involves pain. After the honeymoon, we find out that marriage is not what we expected. It is much more difficult than we ever thought, but it can also be much more wonderful than we ever dreamed.”
Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room peers inside the rooms of married couples’ shared living spaces like we’ve never seen before. Sitting in the living room relaxing and/or watching TV or reading a book is only the beginning of what goes on in that room. Come and explore the rooms of your house as Dr. Johnny C. Parker Jr. takes us on a tour from the foundation to the fence on how God can be glorified in our homes … room by room.
DR. JOHNNY C. PARKER, JR. is a certified Christian counselor and leadership coach. For more than ten years he conducted marriage conferences with FamilyLife Ministries. He also led Building Lasting Relationships seminars at McLean Bible Church in the DC area. Currently he serves as chaplain for the Washington Redskins and speaks for Iron Sharpens Iron and the Man in the Mirror conferences. Dr. Parker is married to his best friend, Lezlyn, and they have three sons. The Parkers reside in the Washington, DC, area.
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Dr. Johnny Parker did a wonderful job designing this book around multiple levels of marriage, whether you are newly engaged or many years into your marriage. The book would be perfect for any couple, whether believers or not, being that it isn't too preachy, and is designed mostly toward building a strong foundation for your marriage, as well as one in which God will be the center of. So even if you aren't ready to make God the center of your relationship, this book will still help you build a stronger, better marriage.
One of my favorite paragraphs from this book was one in reference to the differences between spouses. I feel that one of the biggest cause of arguments in relationships is our inability to accept the differences that stand between us. We sometimes chose to see the other spouse's difference in opinion as rebellious or argumentative. Dr. Johnny Parker really puts it into better perspective though, "We fear difference-whether it be political, religious, racial, or gender. When faced with a difference, we tend to criticize it or try to control or change it.Read more ›
The concepts addressed are simple and easy to understand, but they are very important to building, renovating, and maintaining a solid marriage. This is practically an encyclopedia, drawing from trusted resources and experts in the "rooms" dealt with.
Personality types. Conflict styles. Communication techniques. Coping mechanisms. While you can find books that delve into any one of these topics alone, a good overview of these and so many more is included in this resource. This is a book that applies to every person and can be used at any stage of the couple's relationship. I see it as the perfect wedding gift!
The only negative I can find is actually just a warning. I've known couples to use books such as this as a nightly devotional, especially since there is a section at the end of each chapter with reflection questions. Before doing that, I'd suggest that you read ahead and determine which of these questions you'll discuss together. Some would be better suited for self-reflection and could be "volatile" as discussion starters.
**Thanks, netGalley, for the opportunity to review this book.
I think this book is perfect for engaged couples, newly married or even seasoned marriages! You can not read this book and say you did not learn something. An excellent tool for a Sunday School class to study together and perfect for couples to use in their devotions together.
I liked how he talks about building a good foundation. I especially enjoyed the helpful suggestions on ways to keep working on the "house" to maintain it. The language used is simple and easy to understand. The book is not written in a preachy or judgmental way, it is very open and caring in nature. I gave this book 5/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone wanting helpful ways to strengthen their marriage.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Dr. Johnny C. Parker, Jr. has written a book with well-to-do advice to build or remodel a marriage upon the firm foundation of Christ. In Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room readers of both sexes will find helpful information that can invigorate stale marriages. Let's face it, marriages cycle through the good and the bad, the highs and the lows and sometimes we get stuck in the pits. Parker methodically journeys room by room, or in other words, the many facets to marriage, and asks for couples to invest in one another in a myriad of ways. The differences between men and women are respected and celebrated by one another.
After establishing what a marriage is not, Parker establishes what a marriage can and should be. The chapters range from communication to forgiveness and respect to lovemaking. Each chapter separately stands well alone. So, if a couple was struggling in one area they could very well focus on that chapter together patching up any holes in that room.
The content of Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room is biblical and fair. The writing takes a very neutral stance and addresses both the responsibilities of the husband and the wife. I like the fact that a couple can use one easy-to-read book to help them love one another as we are called to do. Some marriage books seem to be a bit harsh leaving a bad taste in the mouth, yet this one is easy to digest and apply. Although, I did find the analogies a tad nauseating at times. I am all for allegorical writing, but only when it is done in small doses and some pages were heavy-laden.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Book has had huge impact on the success of my marriage. Rebuilding trust, effective and honest communication, and intimacy ( in to me see). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Conduit
The book is a good guide for couples trying to get certain marriage issues back on track. Its easy to read.Published 22 months ago by HannaJack
I really enjoyed this book. Some marriage books are not helpful or interesting but this book is set up in a way that kept my interest and I think the author has has some great... Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Mikeylynn
I would STRONGLY recommend this book for not only married couples at any stage but even for those planning to get married or hoping to re-marry after divorce. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by bluangel4
This book reminds us that we all have thing to continue to work on in our marriage. Thank you for such a great book!Published on January 21, 2013 by Crystal
I bought this book at an intense time, as my marriage is under spiritual warfare. However this book was right on time. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Briana Melissa Ford