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Let's Get Real is a comprehensive look at marriage as a whole, the potential pitfalls, and the real ways to make positive changes.
By studying seven essentials based on God's Word and His Son for a fulfilling marriage, you and your spouse will be inspired to make your marriage thrive.
The Let's Get Real workbook outlines the same principles for revitalizing marriage that the Forehands teach at conferences across the country. Through practicing these principles, you’ll become empowered by God’s truth to be more authentic and intimate with one another.
Book works best with the DVD set.
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3/29/2013 1:50:00 AM
Good, But It's Not Whole w/out the DVD
As individuals we need God in our lives, so it only stands to reason that we need God in our marriages. Dale and Jena Forehand's book: Let's Get Realfocuses on putting Christ first in your marriage in order to have authenticity and wholeness. The book starts out with the story of their marriage, which ended in a broken home and divorce. When they turned to Christ, they reconciled and remarried. Their son came into their room and said, "Since you two are getting back to together, I would like to get together with God" (p 18).
The book basically tells about the lessons they've learned so that others might be spared the pain they experienced.
I love that the Forehands attribute all their success in marriage to God and base all their advice on relationship with Christ and bringing God glory. I've read a few Christian marriage books, and the only other two I've read so far that do this are Love and Respect and Sacred Marriage, which ask the question "what if God made marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?"
All that said, I recommend Let's Get Real with some reservation. While the principles are sound, much of the book is missing. At the end of every chapter is a "listening section" with fill in the blank questions based on the accompanying DVD. Unfortunately the book and the DVD are sold separately--an inconvenient marketing ploy for someone buying this book because their marriage is in trouble and their life is falling apart.
A review copy of the book was received from the publisher. All opinions are my own. This review was originally posted on my blog: Manifest Blog: Entering the Manifest Presence of the Divine.
7/15/2011 10:21:31 PM
Amazing lessons learned from a less-than-perfect marriage.
Dale and Jena got married, divorced and remarried one another. This is a book directed at married people. I am not married. And yet I found it hugely helpful and challenging. And emotional. Both in the happy, excited sense, and in the "stop-reading-now-before-you-burst-into-tears-on-the-bus" sense. It is easy to read, with many examples from their own experience which they honestly and humbly give, and practical questions with space to answer for yourself. They give advice that is Biblical and gentle, without sugar coating.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to let God use their relationships to sanctify them. There is a lot of thought provoking material and practical application to be had in this book and I know that God will use it for His glory and your benefit. Obviously, this is primarily directed at your marriage relationship and some of the points are not altogether appropriate or applicable to any relationship other than that between a husband and wife. However, authentic forgiveness, humility, conflict resolution and accountability all have a place in other relationships, and this book helps make positive changes towards these things.
7/12/2011 10:01:53 AM
Is marriage really so difficult?
My wife and I have been together for almost 15 years. We have been through more than many other couples we know, including deaths of our dads, illnesses, children and I think we still have a pretty good marriage. It’s not perfect, but I think we make a great team. Still, every now and then, I believe it’s good to read a marriage book to prevent our marriage from getting stale.
So when I received Let’s Get Real, I was looking forward to it. My wife snatched it up first and read it and took copious notes. She said to me “Dale and his wife ripped each other apart, went through a brutal divorce, received forgiveness from God, then got remarried and lived to tell about it”
So I read the book. It’s true, those folks did some horrible things to each other. I thought to myself “They call each other Christians?”
But then I quickly realized that I have said some horrible things in arguments also, and so has my wife. But this couple got caught in a rut, and never was able to get off the skipping record. So it ended in divorce. Personally, I can never think of anything that warrants a divorce. My wife is the person I fell in love with, and I made a solemn vow to be with her in sickness and in health, richer and poorer. We’re been through all of those so the rest is cake, right?
Well, it’s still hard work. Being completely selfless is definitely work, especially when there is someone else who tests that characteristic everyday.
So the book doubled as a workbook by asking questions such as “Fear can be an enormous motivator. Circle the fear based reason that motivate you to avoid conflict: 1) fear of being hurt 2) fear of confrontation 3) fear of failure 4) fear of having to change 5) fear of being wrong 6) fear of being caught”
The only flaw in the book, and I’m not sure if it’s even a flaw, is this book seems to need BOTH people involved. When your at the point of divorce, it’s hard to get your spouse to do anything with you, and that’s even if you want them there! I’ve read marriage books where it focuses on your job, and not to worry about the other person. While both views have their merits, I’d find it rather difficult if we’re at the breaking point to work on things together.
So if you are on the precipice of divorce, this book probably is NOT for you. But if you are having major difficulties and can’t seem to work them out, this book is definitely a book to have in your arsenal. Be sure to answer all the questions honestly, along with the scripture verses! Because if you are trusting the Lord, you have to listen to what He says!
7/8/2011 12:48:07 AM
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Let's Get Real
I'm probably not the best person to be giving this book a review. It's designed to be most beneficial to a married couple working through it together. I read it by myself, so while I did gain some great pointers, I think I could have gotten a great deal more out of it if it was a study with my husband. We don't all have reading husbands, though. ;)
When I first started reading Let's Get Real, I wondered if I should really be taking advice from this couple. They start the book out telling what happened before, during, and after their divorce. It's really a horrible story! But then I thought if they could go through what they did, and FORGIVE each other and get remarried, then maybe I could learn a few things from them!
There's good things and bad things about Let's Get Real, like probably most books out there. I liked that they keep God the main focus. They teach that God has to be the center of a marriage. There's several thoughts that I have taken away from the book that if I practice, I know will strengthen my marriage. There's also a few bits of parenting wisdom tucked in the pages, too.
I don't like that some of the advice is with the assumption that certain things are true for everyone. For example, they say the most important need for a man is to feel important and a woman's is intimacy. While that may be true for most, I don't think that's true of everyone. I remember reading the book His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley awhile back. (I'm not necessarily recommending this book, because it's been so long since I read it, so I would need to refresh my memory). It lists ten different needs of both men and women. We're all different.
I think this book can be studied by any "religion" as long as you believe in God. The one exception is the last chapter on how to be saved. They have the Prayer of Salvation included. That's just not my personal belief. I believe in baptism(full submersion under water at an accountable age for the remission of my sins). I do believe before that "hear, believe, repent, confess", and then baptism. Again, that's just my personal belief. Since it is in the book, though, I feel the need to point it out. :)
Overall, this is a good "in general" study if you are doing it by yourself. If you read and study it as a couple, I THINK you could come away with a great deal more at the end.
*I was provided a review copy from Navpress in exchange for my honest opinion.
7/6/2011 8:06:12 AM