Making Marriage Beautiful

Making Marriage Beautiful

Making Marriage Beautiful (David C Cook, January 2017)

What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy?

All of these are important, but there’s one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.

Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.

Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.

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  • This is one of the better books I have read on strengthening marriage from a Christian perspective and it covers a range of topics that I imagine are common obstacles in marriages, while giving practical advice about how to resolve those issues and move on. The author makes the point that marriage can be fulfilling and beautiful, even when it’s hard and full of challenges. I personally liked that aspect of the book, as I have read other books in the same genre that don’t seem to acknowledge that marriage can be difficult and although there will be challenges, it’s still beautiful and full of joy.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful is a perfect addition to this prioritization in our marriage, because the number one focus throughout is in order to make a marriage work, you have to be willing to GROW. Another word for grow that seems scary…CHANGE. One of the biggest myths about marriage seems to be that the person who marry will stay frozen in time as that exact person forever. And we know that’s just not true! As we gain life experience, we change our opinions and our feelings. This can cause a lot of confusion and anger when it’s not addressed. Making Marriage Beautiful covers this head-on, and talks about the hard stuff we like to sweep under the rug.

  • Dorothy Littell Greco, author of “Making Marriage Beautiful“, equips men and women to create a beautiful marriage through real-life examples of what to do as well as what not to do. Instead of trying to force our spouse to change, we should be focusing on allowing Christ to change us. By doing so, we are filled with joy and enjoy a flourishing marriage.

  • A beautiful marriage book that shows the true side of marriage and how to keep it beautiful.

  • I wish I had this book 3 1/2 years ago when I married my husband. I am glad that this book is out there for us now to help us out. I definitely would recommend this book to everyone married couple out there. You will be surprised how much this will help.

  • Amanda says:

    I like that this marriage book uses the true stories of other couples to drive home points. I can sure relate to some of them.;)

  • Moments says:

    Marriage is a lot of work, but it can be so wonderful and Dorothy addresses so many things in this book that may cause disappointments and tension between husband and wife.  I love how the author shares her own personal stories and also little tidbits from others and wisdom from other authors, books and things that she has learned throughout the years.  The Nonnegotiables and Choosing Joy chapters are my favorite, even though I enjoyed the entire book and found it to be packed with so much and such an overall encouraging book to read. 

  • Marriage certainly takes work, and this book highlights how that work can be done honestly and together, within a Christian framework. I enjoyed how this book tackles real life issues, like being a good listener and how to deal with anger and disappointment. Real life couples and the author’s very honest portrayal of her life make this very readable.

  • This was a wonderful marriage book that was really insightful and intriguing, Written in an engaging manner this book really draws on years of experience both from the authors own life and her mentoring and counseling other couples. This is well written and engaging and I highly recommend it.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful is full of wisdom for newly marrieds, oldly-marrieds, and hope-to-be-marrieds. The author’s honesty (and her husband’s), as well as the included interviews with couples of varying backgrounds, helps the reader relate to what’s being discussed. The questions at the end of each chapter personalize it even further and make this a great resource for couples to read together.

  • This was a beautifully written book. The author brings stories and experiences in to add depth to the thought she is talking about. This makes the book read like a story instead of a dry list of facts. She shares personal experiences that authenticate her views. While realistic, she also paints a wonderful picture of what a truly beautiful marriage is all about. I would definitely recommend this book to newlyweds or “old” married people, like me.

  • WORD Up! says:

    “Making Marriage Beautiful” by Dorothy Littell Greco is an enlightening and encouraging read. Greco writes a transparent book that will make you laugh and think and pray and recognize the things in ourselves that need to change. You will learn – or be reminded of – positive behaviors that enhance and strengthen relationships.

    This book would make a great shower gift for the bride because it will help her plan and pray for and work toward the marriage she wants with deliberate action. It is also a great gift for the single gal who would like to marry someday and the already married woman who is ready to take on some “home improvement” projects.

  • Told from a Christian standpoint, Making Marriage Beautiful is insightful and interesting. Some books in this format are dry or use flashy words. This book isn’t dumbed down, but is written so that people will want to read it and actually apply what’s being told. Several areas of marriage and relationships are covered. For instance, this book goes over the importance of self-awareness, the five anger-based responses, what Jesus teaches us about becoming better listeners, and how suffering leads to love. Narratives from different couples tell how they’ve failed and/or recovered in marriage.

  • While there are plenty of “fluffy” marriage and self-help books out there– this is not one of them. Many of the chapters prompted me to really take a look at the “baggage” I carried into my own marriage simply from my upbringing, and several unhealthy patterns I saw modeled in my parent’s marriage. And while none of this is to cast blame (my parents were living out of their own woundedness brought on by their own families of origin), the book encouraged me to take an honest look at these things in an effort to move more towards God’s design for marriage, and in effect establish and new and healthier legacy for my own children.

  • SK Bell says:

    Greco has interviewed several different couples to provide even more perspective than just her own—a bi-racial couple, a couple who battled an affair together, and more—to create an even deeper look at the topics she discusses in each chapter.
    I do recommend this book, and best of all, I really feel like I recommend it to everyone—the newly engaged, the happily married, the not-so-happily married, the empty-nesters, the soon-to-be-grandparents—everybody.

  • I greatly appreciate how this book reminds me I have no strength apart from Jesus to be the person my husband-to-be needs…but it doesn’t let me off the hook from doing the hard work of turning to God again and again to help me love well. I believe my favorite chapter in terms of how insightful and convicting I found it to be is “Unmasking Counterfeits: How Disordered Attachments and Addictions Thwart True Desire.” Not exactly a lovey-dovey topic! But so important to address.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful is the latest writing by Dorothy Littell Greeco and Christopher Greeco and it is wonderful. This is the first time I have read anything from them and I am so thankful that I was able to read it.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful is an easy read with mind opening, thought provoking scenarios. It’s like she surveyed her relationship (pre and post nuptials) with the knowledge and maturity she has now, recognized the errors and gave suggestions on how to fix them.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful has to be one of the most unique marriage books I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s nothing like any other marriage book I’ve read. Instead of offering the same tired, pat cliches, or the same old recycled advice, Dorothy not only provides a fascinating, personal look into her own marriage to her husband, Christopher, she practically rewrites the genre. Dorothy focuses on growth – the growth of yourself first and foremost, because in a marriage (or in life in general), no matter how hard you try, you can only change yourself.

  • The authors suggested couples read and study this book. Don’t let that scare you off. My wonderful husband isn’t one to pick up this kind of book. Maybe yours isn’t either. As women we are wired to have a desire to Making our Marriage(s) Beautiful. Our husbands are too but in a different way. I applaud the husband that will take the step and read and respond to to this powerful resource.
    As a woman who does have a desire to be a Godly woman and helpmeet for my husband I am always looking for God’s help and am open to any resource at my disposal. Making Marriage Beautiful is that resource.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful; Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy is one of the most intentional marriage books I have read. As a pastor’s wife and a small group leader, I am often looking for good resources that can help me as I encourage, build up, challenge, and counsel other wives….and also books that challenge me to continually seek out my own godly marriage! I truly appreciate the way Greco addresses how our upbringing affects our marriage, is vulnerable in sharing experiences from her own marriage, and shares insight from other couples as they reveal their own struggles and how they worked to draw closer together. This is a great book in helping you see how God can help transform you in the areas you need to be refined and molded more into His image.

  • What I liked best is that this isn’t a book that suggests that if women were just a little more submissive or men were just a little more sensitive, then everything would be perfect. Instead, it encourages us to take an honest look at our own struggles and how they might affect our relationship. Then, it encourages us to grow in Christ and rely on Him to change our hearts and minds. We can’t change our spouse or other people, but we can change our own behavior and attitudes. The author calls on each of us to submit to Christ first and foremost.

    There are 11 chapters in the book, covering everything from addiction to gender expectations to anger and forgiveness. I think Making Marriage Beautiful offers some good food for thought for any married Christian, at whatever stage of marriage.

  • Making Marriage Beautiful is book that explores what the Bible has to say about marriage in a truly impacting way. The author humbly offers brutally honest stories and situations from others as well as her own marriage. Honest words and a fresh look at experiences one has already or may soon encounter breathes freshness into ones life in creating a marriage full of understanding, joy, and intimacy till death do you part!

  • This book goes straight for deep soul healing and unity in Christ within every part of our relationship as husband and wife.

  • I read a lot of books about marriage, so I truly though that this was one of the better books I have read on how to strengthen your marriage.

    It covers a range of topics that are common obstacles in marriages and gives practical advice about how to resolve those issues and move on.

    I love that Dorothy talks about the joys of marriage, but also hits on the difficulties that arise in marriage as well. Sometimes that is not discussed in books on marriage like it should be.

    This book is a great book for anyone looking to strengthen the communication lines between husband and wife.

  • This review is for the book “Making Marriage Beautiful” by Dorothy Littell Greco. I thought this was a really great book, for all married couples, whether you are newlyweds or have been married for 40 years.

  • While not all of these are issues for my marriage, I do believe they are subject matters that influence many marriages.

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