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- Marriage: To Have and to Hold by June Hunt by Cherilyn on 7/2/14
I recently finished the book, “Marriage: To Have and to Hold”, by June Hunt. I have read and appreciated Mrs. Hunt’s materials before, and so was glad that after reading this mini book, I was not disappointed.
June is a biblical counselor, and thankfully this title is found to be not just a title, but an actual fact, displayed on the pages of “Marriage: To Have and to Hold”. That is to say, there are constant references to scripture, faithfully pointing the reader back to the foundation for life itself. While no one is perfect, (and therefore no one is a perfect counselor, except the Holy Spirit) the Lord has used the author of this resource, and the resource itself, to point people back to Him and His Word in many ways. His word is truth, and the truth can set us free.
In addition, it is a helpful bonus and delight to get a little peak into a solid real-life marriage; one that has stood the “test of time”. The excerpts regarding this well-known couple, Jim and Shirley Dobson, are not fantasy, and so will encourage the reader that he/she is not alone in their real-life marriage, which can more-than- likely be filled with trials at times.
The book acknowledges the fact that there are typical marriage problems and advises solutions. One difference, however, between this book and many other marriage books is this: whether the person is a Christian or non-Christian, the writing gets right down to the roots, right down to the heart of the matter, which is essential in every marriage.
One of the only “negative criticisms” of this book that I can think of at the moment is that it has the word “relax” in it. This word seems so prevalent in our society, and even among Christians, and I question the philosophy behind the word itself. I would rather use the word “rest”, as I find that in the Bible in Matthew 11:28 (NIV). This did not keep me, however, from benefiting from this book.
I would recommend this good read for those in any stage of marriage. Most or all of it may also be helpful for those sweet engaged couples who may not have any clue what they are about to enter into.
Here is a good quote from this work:
“We think we’ve entered the storybook tale of ‘happily
ever after.’ But then reality hits! We keep expecting
from our spouse what we can’t get. We think our
empty bucket will now be filled, and stay forever full.
‘This is what I expect you to do for me.’
But our bucket has holes in it—holes that no person
can fill. Our unrealistic expectations are founded on
faulty assumptions—not words of wisdom. We are
deceived and don’t even know it.”
The Lord could use “Marriage: To Have and to Hold” to help many of us out of the deception described above, and into focusing on the One who’s love is everlasting. Marriages could be restored and people in desperate situations could find wisdom and help in their great time of need.
This book review was made possible by Rose Publishing, who provided me with an advanced reader copy.
Glory to God!