Ready to Wed {Book Review}


Ready to Wed
by Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley

About the book:
Written for engaged couples, this book is full of tools, tips, and instructions that start a couple on a straight path to a strong marriage. Emphasizing that marriage and family are good, the book integrates the 12 Traits of a Thriving Marriage to help prepare and strengthen marriages from the start. A vital resource for those who mentor engaged couples and for pastors/churches who wish to use it in a premarital counseling program.
This book is written for engaged couples. It's full of tools, tips, and instructions that start a couple on a straight path to a strong marriage. Emphasizing that marriage and family are good, the book integrates the 12 Traits of a Thriving Marriage to help prepare and strengthen marriages from the start. This would be a great resource for those who counsel engaged couples.

In the book, Gary Smalley discussed the power of honoring our spouse. He said he wrote a list about everything he cherished about his wife and when he was frustrated or mad at his wife, he would pull out his list to remind himself of everything he loved about his wife. How many marriages could be saved by doing that, wow.

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is engaged or married!  If you're looking to build a solid marriage with Jesus at the center, this is a must read. I really liked how the book had so many different authors who are expects in their field and they have massive knowledge about marriage. So many of us go into marriage blindly, thinking our fairy tale is about to begin.  When in all actuality, it's work and sacrifice.  Not just once, but time after time.  This book will help you be prepared for marriage, and the possible struggles, ahead of time.  

Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.



Dr. Greg Smalley serves as executive director of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. He also serves as a media spokesperson on these matters.

Married since 1992, the Smalleys live in Colorado with their three daughters, Taylor, Maddy and Annie, and their son, Garrison.

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