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The Marriage App: Unlocking the Irony of Intimacy by [Friesen, Dr. Paul, Friesen, Dr. Virginia]
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Ever thought your marriage could be wonderful if only your spouse would change? In The Marriage App, you'll learn that if you love sacrificially, you'll experience greater joy yourself and as a couple. By giving the irony of intimacy a chance, your marriage can be transformed. --Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

My wife and I both came from difficult family backgrounds. After marriage, we determined to no longer accept broken relationships, dysfunction, and infidelity; instead, we made a covenant to become the first generational legacy builders, starting with a strong, faith-based relationship that would set the tone for our children.
The Friesens not only modeled the level of commitment and faithfulness it was going to take for us to keep our covenant, but they also displayed the fruit that comes from faithfulness to God's plan for marriage. Much of what we have seen and learned from them since 2003 is instilled in The Marriage App: Unlocking the Irony of Intimacy. We are confident that the truths from scripture shared in these pages will instruct you and encourage you as well. --Don Davis, veteran NFL player, New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion, Director of NFL Programs for Pro Athletes Outreach

People want to love and to be loved. Why should something so simple be so difficult? Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen brilliantly unpack how getting the love we want in marriage will never come from believing the myth "To your own self be true." With characteristic wisdom, wit, and insight, they reveal that the love we hunger for can only be found by encountering Christ's love for us and following His example of sacrificial love that puts the needs of others ahead of our own. This is a brilliant, insightful book on marriage by two of our leading authorities in the area of family ministry. I cannot recommend it more highly. --Rebecca Manley Pippert, speaker, evangelist, and author of Out of the Saltshaker

About the Author

Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen were married in 1976 and are the parents of three young women, two of whom are now married to wonderful, Godly men. They have been involved in Family Ministries for over 35 years through family camps, church staff positions, speaking, consulting, and writing. In 2003, they founded Home Improvement Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping individuals and churches to better encourage marriages and families in living out God's design for healthy relationships. Paul and Virginia both have Doctorates in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
As the lead resource couple at Home Improvement Ministries, the Friesens regularly speak at marriage, men's, and women's conferences in the US and internationally, as well as local family and parenting seminars, and have an ongoing ministry with several professional athletic teams. The Friesens have authored ten books and produced numerous DVDs on parenting and marriage.
Paul and Virginia's greatest joy in life is knowing that their children are walking in the Truth.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1045 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Home Improvement Ministries; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CX897GA
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This book is for EVERY Marriage. Whether your marriage is fantastic, comfortable, desperate for life, broken or hopeless from a worldly view, The Friesens couldn't have written a stronger or truth spoken book about the importance of marriages today. They give sound statistics and examples on how people are just throwing in the towel when it comes to marriages and families. They ask deep questions and challenge readers to take a careful look at what the meaning of marriage is and how our culture, media, friends and even family have mislead and skewed the intent of marriage.

Many times someone will say "I'm not happy" and therefore seek fulfillment outside of a marriage whether that be work, entertainment, or even other relationships. The Friesens break down the foundations of marriage, it's purpose and intent, and then supply you with biblical examples and truth of how to rebuild or strengthen your marriage. Which in turn leads to a strong and healthy family.

Throughout the book are example of couples that they have walked along side and counseled. Their stories and advice given throughout the book are funny at times, witty, sad and shocking. While I gasped on some pages, I laughed out loud at others . Everyone could find one story in the book that is an example of their marriage and truly be inspired to make a marriage not just good, but great.

At the end of every chapter, The book provides reflection questions for each couple that are great ways to ease into conversation with your spouse. Also they have supplied small group questions for this book which would provide a great study for multiple couples to come and walk alongside each other with.

This is a book to read, to give, to study in small groups and to counsel others with. It is a must have for all marriages today.
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This book was mentioned by Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View TV show and I am sooo glad I was watching that day! I downloaded the book to my kindle and have been reading it ever since. I really love the authors Christian, bible-based approach. I learned so much and I'm continuing to learn. My only wish is that this book had been around 20 years ago before I got married....it would have helped me in so many ways. Great read, easy to follow, highly recommended.
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I admit to not having finished this book. The spouse and I are trying to read a chapter per week...loosely speaking. We already do most of the exercises in it as part of our normal life. It is a good jumping off point for heartfelt discussions- if you like that kind of thing.
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I have read this book now for the second time. The first time was after a marriage conference at our church that my wife and I attended. The Freisen's we're leading. What a delightful and insightful couple. I needed a tune up as my wife and I were struggling a bit after the holidays. I needed to reconnect with why we are the way we are and learn to love my wife better and more sacrificially. I need to be the best I can be for her and this book helps you do that. Good suggestions & stories with thoughtful applications. You can't go wrong with this book. God bless you Paul & Virginia!!
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This is an awesome and encouraging read. It is very real, no fluff, straight to the point. I felt like I could relate to the scenarios provided, and it also gave me a different perception of some of the issues married couples encounter. I appreciated the scriptures throughout the chapters that corresponded to what was being discussed.
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By Grace on November 3, 2013
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We read The Marriage App over the summer and just finished it. LOVED IT! It was like having the Friesen's right there guiding us, working through our marriage one week at a time. We have started purchasing this book as wedding gifts! It's a must!
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The Marriage App by Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen is a must read for all couples! Whether you are happily married or hitting the rocks, this book is wonderful for all. It is the best marriage book I have read with very useful and real tips on how to take your marriage to the next level. My husband and I were living a bit too much like roommates and needed a jump start. You can read this book together as there is a study attached to each chapter if you like. The book is not a "chick" book. Husbands will enjoy it just as much. Dr. Paul Friesen has a way with words and sports examples, to say the least. Don't wait - just buy the book and have the marriage that God intended for us all!
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This book is hard to put down. It even has it's funny moments and detailed stories. It's truly a great way to get through to newlyweds and couples who simply need something versus waiting for therapists to fit you into their schedule. It's helping a lot and very informative. I'm recommending it to all my girlfriends/sisters and hopefully they take advantage of it.
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