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Marriage by Design: The Keys to Create, Cultivate and Claim the Marriage You've Always Wanted Paperback – August 8, 2014
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"An interactive, faith-based guide for readers looking for more fulfilling relationships with their marital partners or spouses-to-be. Debut author Disney, has penned a pleasantly conversational manual based on traditional Christian teachings. The author lays out a foundation of what he calls "the biblical design for marriage" early in the text...he offers sound strategies for conflict resolution, with discussions about fighting fairly, working out financial budgets and raising children. A work that's likely to hit a responsive chord among married Christians."
"...holds a wealth of information, offers inspiration and reminds us of God's eternal love, which we mirror in our relationships..."
-Reviewed By Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite
"... a truly enlightening and very practical book that would make for worthy reading by a married person looking for guidance on how to overcome relationship challenges, someone preparing for marriage, or just about anyone looking for advice on how to handle relationship challenges."
-Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
From the Inside Flap
Marital strife is only a symptom of a bigger problem...Have you forgotten something?
A key component in revitalizing your marriage is the understanding that your marriage is not about you. Realize that God has created uniqueness in both of you. The more you come to accept and love the differences between the two of you, the sooner you can learn to let go of the little stuff that distracts you from the goal. The goal of every couple should be to live for the other. That doesn't mean you sacrifice your individuality; it means that consideration for what is most beneficial to your relationship will outweigh what is solely beneficial to you individually. From that you will begin to reap increasing dividends.
Creating a richer, fuller marriage begins with a decision: the decision to die to oneself. This is not only in relationship to God, but also in our relationship to one another. It is essential that we step out of ourselves and move into alignment with our creator.
Be comforted; your past doesn't have to be a blueprint for your future. Let your marriage be an example that glorifies God. The benefits of such a decision are countless, not just to you, but to your children, future generations, and with everyone you come into contact.
Now, let your behavior be a testimony to your new commitment...and let's find out how! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book has personal testimony from actual couples and I wish I could say they all lived happily ever after but not so, the couple that the book started out with has divorced. I still believed this book can help a couple if they applied it. I was given a copy by the author for an honest review! Issues covered throughout this comprehensive and insightful book include:
handling your emotions
moving from selfishness to selflessness
raising healthy children
conquering the residue from past trauma
understanding the difference between communication and conflict,
.and understanding how addictions can impact your marriage.
I am giving this book a 5 star rating!
By: Eric A. Disney
What is marriage? Marriage is a gift from God. God didn't want us to be alone so he made woman for man. Very important to fulfill a healthy need in the relationship. Marriage was also meant to be permanent commitment to one another before God. When one suffers in a relationship so does the other. Husband is to be the head of the wife as God is to the church. I do agree with a lot of this chapter. Getting into submission I have been in church breakups over this topic. In our home God is our head and husband has final say but we always talk together on things. I have seen women treated awful when it comes to this some pastor wives. They have got it all wrong. I don't walk behind I walk beside my husband. we have had a wonderful marriage for almost 37 years so I would say we are doing something right. God is our head! Marriage is laying a foundation for hope, faith and trust.
I love all the scripture to back everything up. The exercises to do at the end and a page for notes. This is just one of the many subjects Eric Disney goes over. Did a great job researching. I would say greatest resource probably was the Bible. Other topics are 1. Expectations 2. Selfishness 3. Feelings and Behavior 4. Forgiveness 5. Building Foundation of Intimacy 6. Differences Between Us 7.Communication 8. Communication and Conflict 9.Forgiveness Revisited 10. Money and Marriage 11. Sex and Respect 12. Children 13. All about me 14. Issues of Past 15. Be Encouraged. Lots of help to help any married couples. I have been married 37 years and what we do works for us and Christ is our head of our home. Lot of what the author says is already a factor in my marriage. I do believe any couple using this guide it will help as long as you have the first part of the program and that is Christ.
I was given this book by the author for my own honest opinion.