Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review: Starting Strong DVD and Study Guide

This DVD is the first volume of the Growing a Strong Marriage study series. I really enjoyed listening to all the interviews from well-known, respectable Christian authors/speakers/experts on marriage: John & Stasi Eldridge, Gary & Lisa Thomas, Art & Lysa Terkeurst, Chip & Theresa Ingram, Gordon & Gail MacDonald, and Les & Leslie Parrott. They share their own personal stories and offer insightful, practical advice. These marriage experts reveal that they are not without struggles and they, like any of us, still learn to love better. I appreciate their authenticity and willingness to share what they have learned in their marriage. 

There are four sessions in Volume 1 (Starting Strong): How We Met, Moving into Oneness, Identity in Christ, and Paths to Christ in Marriage. This DVD and study guide present Biblical foundations of marriage. You will learn about shared vision, unity, identity, the real Enemy (Satan is our Accuser), communication, holiness, self-denial, prayer, and more. When you and your spouse realize that your identity and security come from God, it takes a tremendous pressure off your spouse and your marriage. The study guide by Amy Mcgowan is also wonderful; it's made for a small group discussion. It starts with a Bible verse(s) and it contains several thought-provoking questions to help you reflect and discuss after you watch each session on the DVD. The study guide also points you to the Scriptures for solid answers and encouragement to strengthen your marriage. Some of the topics covered include: what marriage is really all about, how to achieve oneness in your marriage, who you and your spouse are in Christ, and what a Christ-centered marriage ought to look like. At the end of the book, you'll find a leader's guide with helpful tips and suggestions. There are also blank pages for notes and prayer requests.

If you want to grow a strong and healthy marriage, check this DVD and study guide out. I highly recommend it for all married (especially newlyweds) and engaged couples!

"What is the purpose of marriage? Marriage is about two people becoming one. At the center of a healthy marriage is a unified vision centered on God. A marriage is comprised of two individuals who find their core identity in God, rather than each other, and who continue to grow together...The marriage relationship is not only a picture of Christ and the Church, but is also a place in which husband and wife are molded and shaped to be more like Him." (p. 39, 40)

"A Christian marriage is two people with their eyes fixed on Christ, devoted to joining in the fight to become more like Christ and to see each other transformed into His likeness." (p. 48)

Growing a Strong Marriage Preview Video from Hendrickson Publishers on Vimeo.

~I received a free copy of this DVD and study guide in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I'm part of the CWA Review Crew.

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