Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Your Marriage Masterpiece by Al Janssen

Book Description

A Transformational Picture of Marriage.

God created marriage as a beautiful work of art that reflects his glory to the world. But our culture has undervalued and misunderstood it, causing it to lose some of its luster. Like recent restoration projects on the Sistine Chapel and the Mona Lisa, it is time to return marriage to its former glory, and the only way to do that is to take a closer look at what the artist had in mind all along.

In this newly revised and expanded book, Al Janssen takes a fresh look at the exquisite design God has for marriage and brings to light the reasons this union was intended to last a lifetime. The chapters weave real-life stories with great teaching and biblical narratives in order to paint a complete picture of all that marriage can be. Readers will examine elements such as passion, adventure, and commitment that come together to make up the colors of God's design. They will also discover new ways to reflect God's love within marriage--revealing his plan for men and women from the moment he created us.

My Review

I believe you can never be too prepared, especially when it comes to something as precious and wonderful as Marriage. I’m single so when I first saw this book I though, “I probably have to be married to read or truly understand this book.”  Oh how I was I mistaken!

            From the first page the creative narrative captured me, begging to keep turning the pages. I read nearly 100 pages in the first afternoon. I’ve thought about what marriage means, what God intended it to be, but Al Janssen wonderfully illustrates and elaborates God’s true masterpiece when he created Adam and Eve and the world. Each chapter touches on a different piece of what marriage is and the very gospel God wrote in marriage when He created it. Not only what marriage is now, about a man and woman uniting as one, but how we are betrothed, promised, to God to one day be united forever with Him. What he did to show us that promise.

            One of my favorite illustrations and something I had not realized before was when God made a covenant with Abram and walked through the blood to seal it, he walked in it alone while Abram slept. He took on the whole thing so that even when the covenant was broken Abraham or anyone after him would not have to pay the penalty. God has already planned for Christ to pay that cost. Amazing.

            The book is filled with so much insightful looks at marriage and thought provoking illustrations on how we are to be and stand united when you do decide to join with that special someone. Filled with funny stories of his childhood and his own marriage, Al Janssen does a fabulous job telling the masterpiece God has created in marriage. Even if you are single for the rest of your life this book is more than worth reading. You get more than a glimpse at how much time and purpose God has put into us and whatever relationships we have with a spouse and our Lord our and Savior.

I highly recommend this book, whether you are married, want to one day wed, or even a confirmed bachelor(ette).
I give this book 5 out of 5!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part Bethany House blogging for book program.

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