Author: Jim Hughes
Genre: Christian Living
Joyless? Lifeless? In a rut? Sometimes married life can get that away. If you want something more out of your marriage, then author and pastor Jim Hughes' C Through Marriage is for you. Explore the many issues that every married couple must face on a regular basis if their marriage is going to be what God intended.
Life has become a vicious cycle of busy activity for most of us. We scarcely have time to say hello to each other, let alone have the time to nurture and grow our love. The busier we get, the farther we drift apart, and the farther we drift apart, the more we are tempted to wander. We don't want it to happen, but isn't that just the way of life these days? Adultery, divorce, loveless marriages-what can we do? Hughes' advice covers everything from Cash and Chemistry to Children and Cuddling. But the most important focus of any marriage is the Covenant that it is and the oneness it creates.
Reviewer: Valerie Jackson
This book is focused on the many problems that could beset a marriage (all starting with the letter "C") and could be considered a series of short essays on each problem. Considering the number of C's, the author wisely kept most of them to the point. The number of topics is comprehensive, but his treatment of them isn't, which makes for an easier read. As such, it should probably be considered a resource, with the reader turning to and bookmarking the areas they'd like information on, rather than reading the book straight through.
The author frequently speaks man to man, as well as to couples, which is a nice change from many similar books. He covers everything from practical issues like Cleanliness and Consummation, to spiritual issues like Christ-likeness. There are also some really nice turns of phrase here and there. "Chivalry is the knack of putting your spouse on a pedestal and defending his or her right to be there before the world," is a favorite.
It would be nice if had more scripture citations, even if only into footnotes. I recognized when he was quoting scripture instead of simply giving his opinion, but not everyone will. Plus, sometimes I like to look them up if I'm not familiar with them.
Overall, this is a good resource to help those who can't quite pinpoint what might be going on with the marriage. And who'd like to know what they're getting right.