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Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough by [Davis, Justin, Davis, Trisha]
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  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PX0JDC
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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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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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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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I am always looking for a Christian book that is not a Christianized version of a psychological self-help book. I admit it is a fine distinction. Psychological self-help books deliver some insight and practical ways to change your attitude and interaction, your behavior and style - so that you get along better, get more done, and with less stress. I am studying counseling and how to do all that. I believe in the value of psychology all day long, and I hope to make a living with it. When a Christian does that and backs it up with scripture, it becomes a Christian book - but often it holds no more spiritual insight than a secular book. I like those Christian books because the scripture makes me feel better, and it helps to elucidate the wisdom of God. The things you find in scripture really do make a difference. Scripture is wisdom. But plain old psychology with scriptural window dressing is just that, and no more.

I am looking for spiritual insight that is not derived from psychological study and practice. I know the psychology. In my view most psychological techniques produce only superficial change, and that with great discipline and effort. The Word of God changes us deeply, when we let it sink deeply into our souls - our psyches. (Look it up in your Greek lexicon - "psyche".) This book, and a handful of others (by Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen,Steve Brown, and a few others) helps us discover principles derived from scripture that can be lived out - and that will change us.

The greatest problem I ever had was me, and it still is. Books like this help to uncover the selfishness and fear that keep me like I am. This has to happen first. Spiritual ideas to work only when I am ready to change.
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