What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
Paperback Edition / Redesign
By Paul David Tripp
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About What Did You Expect?
Marriage, according to Scripture, will always involve two flawed people living with each other in a fallen world. Yet, in counselor Paul Tripp’s professional experience, the majority of couples enter marriage with far different expectations. These unrealistic expectations leave them unprepared for the day-to-day realities of married life.
This unique book introduces a biblical and practical approach to those realities that is rooted in God’s faithfulness and Scripture’s teaching on sin and grace. “Spouses need to be reconciled to each other and to God on a daily basis,” Tripp declares. “Since we’re always sinners married to sinners, reconciliation isn’t just the right response in moments of failure. It must be the lifestyle of any healthy marriage.”
What Did You Expect? presents six practical commitments that give shape and momentum to such a lifestyle. These commitments—ranging from “We will honestly face our sin, weakness, and failure” to “We will change our agenda” and “We will protect our relationship”—will equip couples to develop a thriving, grace-based marriage in all circumstances and seasons of their relationship.
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
—Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
—Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep
—Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; author, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
—Chris Brauns, Pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Illinois; author, Unpacking Forgiveness, Bound Together, and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search
—Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Found in Him
—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
—Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
Table of Contents
1. What Did You Expect?
2. Reason to Continue
3. Whose Kingdom?
4. Day by Day
Part 1: We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness.
5. Coming Clean: Confession
6. Canceling Debts
Part 2: We will make growth and change our daily agenda.
7. Pulling Weeds
8. Planting Seeds
Part 3: We will work together to build a sturdy bond of trust.
9. Sticking Out Your Neck
10. Someone to Be Trusted
Part 4: We will commit to building a relationship of love.
11. All You Need Is Love
12. Ready, Willing, and Waiting
Part 5: We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace.
13. Amazing Grace
14. Before Dark
Part 6: We will work to protect our marriage.
15. Eyes Wide Open
16. On Your Knees
17. Worship, Work, and Grace
|Size:||6.0 in x 9.0 in|
|Published:||April 30, 2012|