Written by: Hal & Melanie Young
Publisher: Great Waters Press
Softcover: 255 Pages
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About My Beloved and My Friend…
Not just good, but great.
That’s what we all want from our marriages: love, romance, security, respect. We want encouragement and…well, happiness.
Is there a way to make your marriage even better? To make it holy, happy, and a lot more fun?
My Beloved and My Friend takes a Biblical look at what your marriage can and should be, and gives you practical ways to make your mate your best friend–without changing spouses!
- Have a more peaceful marriage, by learning to fight so you both win
- Get along with your families, because leaving and cleaving is important
- Be not just one flesh, but one wallet
- Survive and thrive in trials, even when they’re over
- Be married to your best friend without changing spouses
- And lots more!
About Hal & Melanie Young…
Hal and Melanie Young have been married for nearly thirty years and were friends before that. They speak and write frequently on marriage, parenting, education, and family policy issues, from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada. They have written for organizations and publications including the John Locke Foundation, N.C. Family Policy Council, the Heartland Institute, and the Foundation for Economic Freedom. They have eight children.
Hal & Melanie Young are the award winning authors of the 2011 Christian Small Publishers book of the year for their book, Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys. (You can read my thoughts on this book, here.)
Over twenty years ago, I married my friend.
We loved each other a lot, but we weren’t best friends. Yet.
Over the years, we have grown together. We have lived through infertility and then the miracle of being able to conceive a son when we were told it just wasn’t possible. We have gone through job changes, job loss, sickness and health. When I was blind, my friend led me through the dark. When I was blessed to see again, he was still there, loving me just the same. We’ve had ups and downs. Mostly ups because we have worked to have them.
Over the years, we have become best friends. And we still love each other. We still like each other. We have fun together.
Marriage is one of those living, breathing things that you have to nurture and work at growing and keeping strong. Being married to your best friend is a blessing from God and should be treated as a sacred and valued gift.
As I read this book, I enjoyed the conversational tone of the book. I was delighted to find that we have been doing many things right. We hold our covenant with each other and with God as a promise that we aren’t willing to let become broken and cast aside. We are doing a lot of things right. I find comfort in that knowledge.
However, as much comfort as I feel knowing that we are doing things right, I also see the wisdom of not becoming complacent. The words in this book were a great reminder to me to keep treasuring my best friend and mate. I need to always remember to treat my marriage as a living and breathing and changing union. So far we have been pretty good at this and have developed new interests together. I’ve learned to garden. He’s learned to write. This is important as we will be empty nesters before we know it. Luckily, we will still have things in common and be able to enjoy just being together with our best friend.
I highly recommend this book to help strengthen your marriage and friendship. It helps to remind us of what is truly important. And how to get to a marriage that is strong and biblical. Being married to your best friend, staying in love, and liking each other…what more can a girl ask for? I am truly blessed.