The author begins, "I wrote this book because people in my generation are making decisions way before marriage that actually sabotage what they really want for their futures." (p. 5) Pastor Craig Groeschel writes a scriptural, human, transparent and painfully-uniquely-Christian view of relationships for today's couples. He begins with our primary relationship-in Jesus Christ and uses that as the foundation to build and grow flourishing, life long relationship.
This is not a Pollyanna look at marriage but a working process toward a great relationship. Groeschel speaks from his own life's victories and mistakes. He allows the reader to be imperfect and find a new starting place to begin a relationship well. The book gives solid scriptural advice, based on Biblical principles all reinforced by stories from real people, his own family and Napoleon Dynamite. He presents solid principles in bullet points with fresh humor to help negotiate the minefield of pre-marriage and reminds us that "God's greatest weapon in this wonderful adventure is always His own love-a love we find most clearly lived out in the person of Jesus Christ.
People who are not churched will still find great value in this book. Yet, Craig is unshakably Christian in his answers and dares to say that a God-styled start will yield victorious results. Whether your relationship is not working or if you are beginning life with "your number 2" (God must be your number 1) and want to do it right, you will find answers here.
"Love, Sex and Happily Ever After" is interesting and well written. It can be read in a couple of hours but it has a lot of content packed into its pages and should be read with care. The study guide at the end is well done and would be a great small group experience. Pastors will find it useful in pre-marriage classes or counseling, a young adult study group or college student class. It is not written for marriage and family counseling and the jargon is geared for young adults. I am better for reading it.
Thanks to Multnomah press for giving me this book in exchange for this review. I appreciate them expecting honest review and I thank you for reading Thethoughtfulpastor blog.