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1 Focus on the Positive
2 Express Love
3 Respect Your Spouse
4 Build Up Your Spouse
5 Serve Wisely
6 Put Your Spouse First
Small Group Leader’s Guide
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
Are you an encourager?
Do you have a habit of encouraging your spouse — praising him or her, commenting on things you appreciate, and saying “thank you” often?
Or do you focus on the negative, often talking about problems? Do you talk about what is undone rather than what is done? Do you bring a “doom and gloom” atmosphere into your 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 work.
Or are you a person who neither builds up or tears down, but simply “co-exists” without saying much?
God’s standard is clear. He wants us to be encouragers:
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 Encouraging Your Spouse, you will discover —
- 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
- How to show respect when you don’t feel respect
- What to do when you don’t feel loving
- Tools for effective praising
- The best ways to encourage your husband or wife
Whether you are going through hard times or good times, Encouraging Your Spouse will strengthen and refresh your marriage. If you are experiencing problems, its practical biblical truths will make a tremendous difference. If you are doing great, it will encourage you and give you tools to keep growing as a couple.
Regardless of your situation, there is hope — the sure hope that comes from God and the truth of the Bible.
This book is biblical, practical, and easy to read
“Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout Encouraging Your Spouse to help you apply its Bible-based advice in your marriage. It is comprehensive, yet reader-friendly.
Memory verses invite action. Each chapter begins with a memory verse, since memorizing God’s word changes our hearts and helps us follow his ways.
It is ideal for individuals, couples, and small groups
You can read Encouraging Your Spouse on your own, with your spouse, or in a small group. It is perfect for a six-week study.
Guidelines for small group leaders and discussion questions for each chapter can be found at the back of the book. (Read more about using this book in a small group or church marriage ministry.)
This book is part of the “Marriage by the Book” series
You can study Encouraging Your Spouse on its own. In addition, you may be interested in the other books in the “Marriage by the Book” series. Although these books bulid on each other, each book stands as a complete book by itself.
The eight books are —
- Laying a Solid Foundation
- Making Christ the Cornerstone
- Encouraging Your Spouse
- Extending Grace to Your Mate
- Talking with Respect and Love
- Improving Your Teamwork
- Putting Money in its Place
- Celebrating Intimacy and Romance
In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:
Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.
Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.
Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.
Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.
Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.
Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.
Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.
“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:
- Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
- Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
- Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.
This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.
Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.
He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.
Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.
Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.
More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.
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