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3 Symptoms of a Lousy Listener

One major communication barrier (especially within marriage) is being a lousy listener. Tim Witmer, author of The Shepherd Leader at Home, identifies three symptoms that husbands and fathers should look out for in their conversations:

  1. Responding before someone finishes what they’re saying. Doing this shows complete disregard for what someone is trying to tell you. Wait until they express themselves completely before chiming in. “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” (Prov. 18:13) (more…)
September 17, 2012 | Posted in: Family,Marriage,Men, Husbands, Fathers,Speech | Author: Crossway Author @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

“This Momentary Marriage” Now in Paperback with a New Cover

John Piper’s This Momentary Marriage is now available in paperback with a freshly redesigned cover.

Reflecting on over forty years of marriage, Piper looks into the unexpected contours and real-world implications of this “parable of permanence” —this profound display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church.

What some have said about This Momentary Marriage: 

“Theologically, this book exalts human marriage as a metaphor for the ultimate love story in Christ. Practically, it applies that glorious vision of grace to our daily experiences in marriage, singleness, parenthood, and the most universal of human realities-sin. This book opens our eyes and guides our feet with the grace of Christ.”
— Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“This book is a treasure in an era when the common perspective on marriage has been more shaped by sitcoms and self-help books than by Scripture. Dr. Piper lifts our hearts and minds to God’s vision for marriage. Embracing God’s design and purposes for marriage can make our homes tastes of heaven.”
— Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, Biblical Womanhood in the Home; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

“A highly original contribution to Christian teaching on marriage. A copy should be put into the hands of every couple preparing for lasting and loving wedlock.”
— Charles Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview

Ian & Larissa

If you haven’t yet watched the beautiful story of Ian & Larissa, inspired in part by This Momentary Marriage, we encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this video produced by Desiring God.

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September 5, 2012 | Posted in: Dating and Singleness,Marriage,Men, Husbands, Fathers,Video,Women, Wives, Mothers | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 9:00 am | 0 Comments »

Guys’ Night Out Tour

Join pastor, author, and speaker Justin Buzzard on the Guys’ Night Out Tour. Justin is zealous to see strong, passionate, gospel-fueled marriages. That’s what this one night conference is all about—understanding the exciting job description God gives husbands, and seeing how men and marriages are transformed.

How much: $15 gets you pizza, a copy Date Your Wife, and sessions.
When & Where:

9/7/12 at Blueprint Church in Atlanta GA at 6:30pm
9/14/12 at Immanuel Church in Nashville TN at 6:30pm
9/21/12 at Fellowship Church in Denver CO at 6:30pm
10/5/12 at Perimeter Studio and Conference Center in Morrisville NC at 6:30pm
10/12/12 at Park Community Church in Chicago IL at 6:30pm

Learn more or grab your tickets here.

August 14, 2012 | Posted in: Event,Marriage,Men, Husbands, Fathers | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 1:35 pm | 0 Comments »

Video: Justin & Taylor Buzzard on 100 Huntley Street

Justin Buzzard and his wife Taylor discussed his new book, Date Your Wife, in this 100 Huntley Street interview. Listen in as they look at:

  • Why Adam and the Garden of Eden show up in the book
  • The difference between a “religious” approach and a “gospel” approach to marriage
  • Practical ways for men to start (and continue) dating their wife
  • How to keep Jesus as the center of our lives and marriages

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  • Why Read “Date Your Wife”?

    It’s neat to hear of the impact Date Your Wife is already having on marriages.

    Wondering if you should read the book? Here are some recent videos, reviews, and quotes about this new book from Justin Buzzard:

    A Clear Job Description (video interview from Desiring God):

    20 Quotes from Date Your Wife by Jonathan Parnell

    I recently asked Justin Buzzard how he would sum up his new book in less than ten seconds. “If you want to change a marriage, change the man,” he replied, “and Jesus changes the man.”

    Here are 20 standout quotes from Date Your Wife.

    FamilyLife Today’s three-part radio interview with the author: A Meeting Meant-to-be, Becoming God’s Man, and Let’s Go on a Date!.

    Buzzard’s Huffington Post article:

    You know the statistics. Marriage is broken in our world. If your marriage isn’t broken, the marriage of someone you know is. At the very least, your marriage isn’t pulsating with the life and power it was meant to have.

    But, it’s not too late. There’s still hope for marriage — for your marriage, for your neighbor’s marriage, and for marriages that haven’t happened yet.

    It’s harder and easier than you think…

    Aaron Armstrong’s review at Blogging Theologically:

    …the greatest gift that Justin Buzzard can give any of the readers of Date Your Wife: practical, helpful advice to figure out what it looks like to date our wives day-by-day ‘til death do us part. I was greatly encouraged reading this book and I trust  you will be as well.

    A review from Quieted Waters:

    This book’s strength lies in encouraging Christian husbands to date their wives, to love them passionately and openly. Whether you’ve been married for a few weeks or a few decades, this book will serve as a good encouragement to romance your wife.

    And finally, a few of the professional endorsements:

    “Finally, here is a book that will not make men feel guilty.”
    -Gary Chapman, author, The Five Love Languages

    “Whether you’ve been married a few days or 50 years, Date Your Wife is well worth the read. Justin Buzzard shows us the first step to loving your wife isn’t to try harder—it’s to be empowered by the gospel. Date Your Wife gives you biblical advice and practical tips that will transform your marriage.”
    -Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

    “Don’t you dare think Date Your Wife is a ‘been there, done that’ book. It’s revealing, eye opening, and inspiring. It’s fresh. I am certain Date Your Wife will positively alter thousands of couple’s futures. As a husband for 38 years, I applaud Justin Buzzard’s work and I would put it in the hands of every man I could!”
    -Wayne Cordeiro, Senior Pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Have you read Date Your Wife? Did you find it helpful? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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    July 12, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Marriage,Men, Husbands, Fathers,News & Announcements,Video,Video | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 8:50 am | 0 Comments »