Encouraging Your Spouse
Book 3 of Marriage by the Book
(Practical ways to build up your husband or wife)
Interactive, Bible-based Christian marriage help. Advice for individuals,
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couples, small groups, cell groups and adult Sunday school classes
Do you focus on the negative, often talking about problems? When you speak, do you make cynical or critical comments about other people, politicians or whatever? Do you talk about what is undone rather than what is done? Do you bring a "doom and gloom" atmosphere into your marriage ... even if it is a Christian marriage? Would Jesus be pleased with how you speak?
Or are you someone who wants to encourage, but isn't sure how? You aren't sure what's important to your husband or wife. When you try to reach out, it doesn't seem to matter.
Or are you a person who neither builds up or tears down, but simply plods along without saying much?
God’s standard is clear:
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Ephesians 4:29).
In these pages, you will discover:
Solid, Bible-based advice
How to serve your husband or wife without being a doormat
How to figure out what really matters to your mate
How respecting your spouse changes your spouse
What to do when you don't feel in love
Tools for effective praising
How to show respect when you don't feel respect
The best ways to encourage your husband or wife
You may already give hope, encouragement and love to your spouse. If so, this book will show you more ideas to help you on your way. And if you don't have the habit of building up your spouse, you soon will as you practice the biblical advice in these pages.
This book is designed for individual or group study. Individuals, couples, small groups, and marriage classes have found this to be a marriage-transforming book..
It is perfect for a six-week study. "Encouraging Your Spouse" can be studied alone, or as part of an ongoing study using all eight books in the Marriage by the Book series.
A small group leaders' guide is included at the end of this book. It has instructions on how to lead groups, as well as week-by-week discussion questions, so you do not have to buy a leaders' guide. (However, for those desiring more detailed suggestions for beginning a small group ministry or leading groups, a separate Group Leaders' Guide is available.)
Each chapter is interactive, with application questions throughout to help you put its scriptural advice into practice. You do not need to buy a separate workbook. This book is comprehensive and detailed, yet practical and easy to use.
"We have had Doug Britton to Bayside many times to teach this material. He is biblical, practical, and his books are easy to use for couples wanting to build a healthy, thriving marriage. I definitely recommend his ‘Marriage by the Book’ series."
This book strengthens hurting marriages as well as enriching strong ones. If you are in the midst of great difficulties, "Encouraging Your Spouse" will offer encouragement and practical Christian marriage help. Regardless of your situation, there is hopethe sure hope that comes from God and the truth of his Word, the Bible.
Ray W. Johnston, Senior Pastor
Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California
"I am pleased to recommend 'Marriage by the Book.' Doug Britton's experience in counseling married couplesand his commitment to give Scriptural advicemake for books that are both practical and insightful. When so many today are turning to contemporary ideas about marriage, Doug's commitment to the life-changing relationship principles found in God's Word is most refreshing."
Scott Wieking, Associate Pastor
First Baptist Church. Davis, California
"I am very excited about the work that Doug Britton has done in the arena of marriage curriculum. I am planning our church Marriage Institute around the eight book ‘Mar-riage by the Book’ course that he has created. ... Doug’s books are ideal."
George Young, Commissioner, Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services
Pastor, Holy Temple Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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(Christian marriage advice by Doug Britton, MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5˝ x 8˝. Wire "spiral" binding. 157 pages. $12.99)
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