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Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough Paperback – January 1, 2013
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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
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 for you to have. (Lysa Terkeurst—New York Times bestselling author; President of Proverbs 31 Ministries)
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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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.
By the way, we are studying this book in our men's group. A pastor had this on his shelf, a gift from somewhere. He had not read it, but suggested it for study. Out of nowhere this book has made us all sit up and take notice. A rare thing - practical help with relationships that blends psychological insight with spiritual principles - and at a deeper level than just the psychology. Scripture here is seldom quoted, but is more deeply embedded than the most orthodox Biblical counseling sources. Amazing work.
"Beyond Ordinary" is an amazing book for couples in all walks of their marriage to read. At times humorous and at times gut-wrenchingly and painfully honest, Justin and Trisha Davis give a brutally raw and open look in their marriage, and how it almost failed by becoming an ordinary, rather than an extraordinary, marriage.
They remind us that "ordinary is the biggest enemy of a great marriage" and that we have to choose an extraordinary one. With equations like "time + unintentionality = ordinary marriage" and "intentionality + time = extraordinary marriage," the Davises give us very real examples of how we can slowly let our marriages slip away.
A major factor in a diminished marriage, they point out, is a diminished relationship with God. If you aren't walking properly with God, you cannot possibly commune properly with your spouse. Each shared areas in their lives where they struggled, such as pride, addictions and making the other an idol.
They point out we also have a tendency to medicate our problems, not diagnose and treat them. We hide our issues and distort and withhold truths. We start to resent each other, but must learn the difference between forgiveness and trust.
Each chapter is filled with Scripture and biblical characters to exemplify their point - Adam and Eve, David, Moses, Samson and Job, to name a few.
"Beyond Ordinary" is an amazing book that shares one couple's brutal, raw, painful experiences, so that other couples may see redemption in their own marriage. They pull no punches! Questions at the end of each chapter can help the reader come to their own answers in their relationship.
Five stars out of five.
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