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From the bestselling series comes the highly practical and deeply scriptural guide to a richer marriage – ‘A Couple After God’s Own Heart’. The accomplished authors and tightly knit couple, Jim & Elizabeth George, share with the world what they’ve learnt from 40+ years of marriage to help couples journey with each other and with God.
“This book is written to and for couples who want to work at improving their marriages – couples who desire to follow God (together!) and reap the lifetime of blessings that are sure to be theirs.” – taken from the opening chapter.
• Learn from 10 couples in the Bible, like Mary & Joseph, Boaz & Ruth, Abraham & Sarah
• Develop communication skills which will build an intimate and equal relationship
• Discover the God who is waiting to help
• Realise a good marriage not only benefits the couple, but the people around them as well – children, family, friends and neighbours
Marriage is a journey, a God-given gift which brings the greatest happiness known humanity – only most of us don’t want to do the leg work. This book is completely transparent, refreshingly honest and down-to-earth. Inside are the tools, tips and biblical examples for you and your partner to read and grow alongside each other.
A spiritual breath of fresh air, this marriage resource will fill your relationship with rich nutrients from scripture, rejuvenating wisdom from marital experience and encouragement to seek after God’s own heart to grow a marriage stronger than an oak tree and richer than earthly treasures.
• 30-day devotional journey designed to strengthen the Husband & Wife team
• Also Available: ‘A Couple After God’s Own Heart Interactive Workbook’ – a study booklet with extra Bible study, couples questions and practical advice helping those couples keen to study together
A Couple After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George; Jim George was published by Harvest House in January 2013 and is our 16431st best seller. The ISBN for A Couple After God's Own Heart is 9780736951203.
Before You Begin
Part One: Following God Together
1. Adam and Eve: The Original Couple After God’s Own Heart
2. Abraham and Sarah: Partners in Faith
3. Isaac and Rebekah: A Marriage Made in Heaven
4. Jacob and Rachel: Love that Lasts a Lifetime
5. Manoah and His Wife: Best Friends Forever
6. Boaz and Ruth: A Couple with Character
7. David and Bathsheba: Second-chance Marriage
8. Zacharias and Elizabeth: Partners with Pure Hearts
9. Joseph and Mary: A Couple in Crisis
10. Aquila and Priscilla: A Remarkable Husband-wife Team
Part Two: Thirty Days of Growing Together
Best friends. Lovers. Constant companions who share each other’s priorities and don’t let bitterness or resentment fester. A relationship that reflects the love of Christ. Could this kind of marriage be possible? Or is happily ever after just a distant dream?
That dream doesn’t have to be out of reach. Join authors and teachers Jim and Elizabeth George as they tell the stories of couples from the Bible and share the ancient wisdom that still transforms marriages today.
Discover how to ...
• Experience the excitement and intimacy God always intended
• Handle tough decisions with grace instead of conflict
• Communicate without fear and misunderstanding
• Function as a team and present a united front
• Trust God’s leading even when the way forward seems hidden
Whether you’re taking the first steps on your marriage journey or you’ve been on the road for years, you’ll be refreshed and renewed as, together, you learn to live a life after God’s own heart.
“A Couple After God’s Own Heart’ is more than a book, it’s a biblical constructed blueprint for growing strong marriages.”
“Written by bestselling authors Jim & Elizabeth George, this book contains 10 chapters each focusing on one couple from the Bible. Learn integrity and devotion from Boaz & Ruth, learn to forgive and let go of bitterness from David & Bathsheba and learn faithfulness and dealing with crisis from Mary & Joseph. After a detail and engaging look at the Bible the chapter splits into separate lessons for the Husband and lessons for the Wife to finally draw you back together with a practical application.”
“The book also includes a 30-day devotional journey, to encourage continued interaction with God as a couple. We can see this excellent resource benefiting every marriage, young & old. And with the interactive workbook, the book transforms into a friendly and practical study.”
If you’re thinking about buying the book for yourself, your partner, both of you, or perhaps for a couple you know – read this first. By the end you’ll know exactly what you’re buying, whether it’s for you (or someone you know) and the challenge you’re letting yourself in for.
10 BIBLICAL EXAMPLES:
Every chapter begins with Jim & Elizabeth retelling a marriage from the Bible worthy of study. Much like setting the scene in a novel, they lay the foundations for delving deeper into their story.
Then comes the study – no longer than 5 pages, they split up the narrative and discuss with insightful wisdom what’s going on. How do they interact with each other? What do they do well? How do they screw up? What about God? When you think about it, marriage runs through the Bible like the words on a stick of rock! These examples are invaluable – and it’s the meat and potatoes of the book.
Then comes the lessons – Elizabeth takes the ladies aside and Jim takes the men. They draw from the scriptural examples of husbands and wife’s offering 4-5 lessons, each around a page long. Inside each lesson are practical advice to put into action, refer back to and begin working on your side of the marriage.
Then comes the main message – these bits are called ‘Building a Marriage that Lasts’. No more than one page, this section rounds of the chapter with the main message that comes from the study.
After all those words, each chapter ends with something to help you as a couple pin-point where your marriage is at. Then they offer you and your partner the next steps towards a stronger relationship.
After the Adam & Eve chapter is a communication meter to measure how you and your partner communicate, called ‘Where Are You on the Countdown to Communication?’ With 5 levels, you can identify with the level you’re on and see the manageable steps to help your relationship get to a place where you can share everything.
Find the Communication Countdown for yourself at the end of the PDF sample chapter at the top of this page below the video.
30-DAY DEVOTIONAL JOURNEY:
At the very back of the book is a useful tool designed for couples to journey together through the Bible. A beautiful touch to the book, this devotional lasts for 30 days and is realistic to maintain. It’s an instrument for joint devotion, reading the Bible together, praying together and growing together.
WHO IS THE BOOK FOR?:
Admittedly, this book holds to a conservative view of marriage. The man is described as the ‘spiritual leader’ of the marriage, while the woman is asked to ‘complement, complete and fulfill’. This is because they translate the Bible literally – which was written in a gender biased culture. It’s odd to read this with 21st Century British eyes, and although I personally don’t agree with it the principles within this book are not affected.
There is still much equality to be read, seen and practiced from this book.
This book is suitable for couples, young & old, who have a desire to work on their marriage. If you place this book in the hands of an apathetic man it will never be read. But in the right hands with both couples committed to reading it – together – it is a powerful tool for mutual spiritual growth.
Some books can be nibbled on, others can be devoured in days. This book is a nightly/weekly/fortnightly meal.
It’s a resource! It’s designed to be degusted, reflected upon and then put into practice – not rushed through or nibbled or taken lightly. If you’re serious about building on your marriage together this book is an incredible tool, if not it’s a waste of money.
So before purchasing this book we recommend you challenge yourself or your partner to take this seriously. And if you accept this challenge to journey after God’s own heart together you’re marriage will most certainly flourish.
Taken from an interview, here’s what they said about their book.
WHY DID THEY WRITE THE BOOK?
At their home church called 'Faith Community Bible Church' in Bremerton, Washington, they had written and taught a course for couples they called – ‘A Joint Journey’. Each week they took a different marriage from the Bible, studied it and encouraged couples to interact and find lessons to take away and apply to their relationship.
Having decided to turn this course into a book with ‘couple’ in the title, it had to be written by a couple. What has come from this process is unique and valuable – a clear mescaline voice for men, a clear feminine voice for the women and a joint voice bringing them together.
THE GOOD, THE BAD ... BUT NOT THE UGLY
They felt it was important for the book to keep a positive energy throughout, upholding marriages that seek after God. That doesn’t mean they brushed our sinful nature under the carpet (as they included David & Bathsheba). A vital part of growth is to learn from our and other peoples mistakes.
It’s the ugly the missed out. Ugly like Ananias and Sapphira who let sin enter their relationship and Jezabel and Ahab who allowed temples of Baal into Israel. Stories without a shred of redemption can be down-heartening, so Jim & Elizabeth focused on more redemptive stories.
JIM & ELIZABETH’S FAVOURITE BIBLICAL COUPLE
JIM: Aquila & Priscilla – they were kicked out of Rome and had to start from scratch! In Corinth they meet Paul and became the most influential couple throughout all the churches! Jim hopes people will remember them in the same way – ministry-focused and loving to all.
ELIZABETH: Zacharias & Elizabeth – a unit, righteous and blameless together. For the first 10 years of their marriage they didn’t have God in their relationship. Then they found God together, and they were given this couple as an example for their new lives – to use their struggles and failings for good and walk with God as a couple always.
THEY’RE HOPES FOR THE READERS
Jim said that they wanted to point to God’s examples – offering narrative not doctrine. He wants couples to read the stories and ask the question ‘how I can I apply this to me’?
Ultimately this book is a tool for couples. Jim & Elizabeth never claim to be the experts, the constantly remind you they are in the same boat as everyone else. Elizabeth sums up the overall message perfectly – if you want to be a couple after God’s own heart, you have to do it together.
|Author / Artist||Elizabeth George; Jim George|
|Publisher||Harvest House (January 2013)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||16th June 2018|