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Going All the Way by Craig Groeschel

This morning I finished reading Going All the Way by Craig Groeschel. If you recall, I had posted about this book previously. Well, here’s my take on this new book that should be sweeping the nation. The book is obviously written primarily to a single audience. The book offers many valuable tips to help prepare for a marriage that will go the distance. After talking to many people who have entered marriage without a strong foundation, I’m convinced that singles need a resource like this one. Here’s an excerpt from the book to help you get the feel for what I’m talking about:

If God has a marriage planned for you, think about this: you have already been created to “go all the way.”
When I say “go all the way,” I’m not talking about the “I Wanna Sex You Up,” people-disposable games man settle for. I’m not talking about taking what you want sexually (or giving away sexually what someone else demands) in a relationship before marriage. Instead, I’m affirming God’s plan for a marriage that goes all the way in sexual, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment. And that goes all the way through the years and decades of life.
Most people, Christ followers or not, deeply desire exactly this. But a closer look at how many of us pursue this goal before and after marriage shows that, while our desires are normal, our methods are routinely misguided. Turns out, how we set about to go all the way in our most important human relationship takes us only partway.
So what do you do when you want a marriage that soars in a world where most crash before takeoff? What do you do when you have a dream for intimacy, but most married couples you know are strangers to each other? What do you do when you desire a marriage that goes all the way?
I propose that you do something different.
In this book, I’m going to show you that your desire for life-long intimacy is a God-given desire. And I’m going to help you prepare for that relationship. But we’re not going to travel the typical path. Ours will be delightfully different. Oddly godly. I won’t try to fool you – a good marriage is never easy. But it is absolutely possible.

This is a book that I would recommend for my own kids as they approach adulthood. This is also a book that I would recommend to couples who are serious about their marriages. Sometimes it can be refreshing to look at a book like this and be refocused on thoughts and ideas that can help our marriages flourish. Finally, I’m thankful for a wonderful wife who is committed to going all the way.

Until the next post, I’ll be trying to live an oddly godly life…
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December 16, 2007 - Posted by | book review, marriage

2 Comments »

  1. Jon,

    Thanks for the recommendation for my son who is struggling with this exact thing! I’m going to get him a copy.

    Terri

    Comment by Terri Stone | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Jon,

    My name is Sarah McLean and I’m Craig Groeschel’s assistant. He read your review for Going All The Way and he asked me to thank you on his behalf.

    Like him I’m sure your schedule is extremely busy, so it means a lot to him that you would take the time to read the book and write a review.

    He truly appreciates your endorsement.

    Blessings in Christ,
    Sarah

    Comment by Anonymous | January 16, 2008 | Reply


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