“Let us lift the veil and explore the great Artist’s work. Perhaps we can discover what our marriages should look like and how they can shine in their intended colors.” ~excerpt from prologue, Restoring the Masterpiece
Your Marriage Masterpiece is a well-structured look at how God intended marriage to shine, and how our culture has caused it to lose its luster. Marriage is like a house—it will either thrive on a sturdy foundation, or, if built upon the sand, will crumble and fall.
In all honesty, the contents of this book weren’t at all what I expected. I had the notion that it would focus on keeping our marriages strong and fulfilling. In a sense, it is. But I feel it focuses more on marriages that are in trouble. Dealing with strong issues with commitment and selfishness, etc. Rather than an uplifting encouraging pick-me-up, it is more of a guide to strengthen a failing or humdrum marriage.
I’m in a very happy and fulfilling marriage, centered on God, family, and faith, so I didn’t relate to many of the sections of this book, but, and that’s a big BUT, I’ve no doubt this book can change the outlook of a troubled marriage.
I like the premise of the book, and enjoyed many of the story examples. For instance:
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy as unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” ~excerpt from Chapter 8, The Greatest Love Story of All Time
If you are dealing with difficult issues in your marriage, or know someone who is, this book is a valuable tool in helping you see the big picture. The masterpiece God created can be restored.
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Series: Focus on the Family Marriage
First Line (prologue): Across the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel spans one of the greatest artistic triumphs in history.
I received a review copy from the publisher.