Great Combo. The author is a licensed counselor and a passionate believer, which provides a great combination of practical and spiritual help to the marriage relationship. While providing real life examples from her personal life and counseling situations, it gives a well-rounded approach to building healthy marriages.
See Things From the Other Side. Truth be told, most of the marriage books on my shelves are from the male perspective. Sure, they are full of Biblical truth, but they lack one thing…the view from the other side of the aisle. A book about marriage from the wife’s point of view was sorely needed, and Debra Fileta is a great place to start.
For real, for real. One thing you can say for sure about this book, it is honest and real. For example, the author gives a hilarious story of her honeymoon that provides a reality of what marriage can be. The rose-colored glasses are knocked off your face, and the realistic approach to a godly marriage is refreshing and appreciated.
Can you hand me my glasses? One complaint I have actually has nothing to do with the content of the book. For some reason, the text seemed faint in some places. Maybe it was just my copy, but the font could have been a little bolder for the reader. Small annoyance in a very enjoyable read.
Careful of the hyperbole. It was rare, but I did catch some hyperbole. For example, in the final chapter the author mentions marriage as the “hardest and greatest thing you’ll ever do”. Taking out the spiritual side of things, perhaps this is true. But the greatest thing we will do as believers goes beyond our marriage, and into eternity.
The Grade: A. If I had to describe the book in one word: enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t just a book of whimsical saying and enjoyable stories…this book had some dynamite advice and counsel for the marriage relationship. My point is it was written in a way where you could enjoy improving your marriage, while being challenged in an appropriate and endearing manner. Kudos to Debra Fileta in providing a valuable resource to both singles and married folks in their pursuit of reflecting the relationship of Christ and His bride.