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Sunday, January 29th 2006

11:41 AM

Book Review: Hedges - Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It

(Hedges was provided to me free of charge by Mind and Media, who received it from the publisher for reviewing purposes.)

I'll be honest with you, when it came time to sit down and read this book, I was dreading it a little. After all, my marriage is great and my hubby and I are close. I also tend to have trouble getting through a whole non-fiction book without getting bored. Give me a novel and I'm all there. But curiosity drove me to agree to review it and then commitment made me sit down and read it.

This book caught my interest from the beginning and held it all the way through. Marriage is a topic near and dear to my heart because so many people out there don't have a great marriage or have been hit by infidelity (whether in thought or action) and divorce. It's a sad fact that many Christians haven't escaped this pain either and we know the King of relationships.

Jerry B. Jenkins talks about how we can protect our marriages by placing hedges of protection between our relationship and those things out to destroy that relationship. Every marriage including terrific ones should have hedges in place. In fact, I'd venture to say that those terrific ones probably have some hedges in place already.

I'd like to encourage married couples to read this book and really think about how you can protect your marriage. God has made it clear we are to be faithful, but he has also let us know how easy temptation can lead us astray. His solution? Run from temptation. Be swift to leave that which is tempting you.

Hedges comes from a male point of view and as a women, it was interesting to see how temptation affects men, but I feel women can benefit from this same information because we can easily fall into temptation ourselves. It might be for different reasons, or sometimes not, but hedges will help us to guard our marriages, too.

I found a lot of wisdom in Jerry's words and appreciate his candor when sharing his own struggles/hedges. Whether you marriage is strong or weak, you will find this book informative and useful in planting hedges in your own life.

As for me not getting through non-fiction books easily, I never lost interest and read it through fairly quick. It also came with a DVD of Jerry sharing this same information to a group. In the back of the book, you will find a study guide to add to your personal study, for studying as a couple or for group study. Overall, this is an excellent marriage resource.

If you read it, I'd like to encourage you to leave a comment with your thoughts on the book and subject material.

(You can find Hedges here: http://www.gnpcb.org/sites/hedges/)

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