This book has its roots in experience. The Flood marriage got off to a very rocky start, with conflict, misunderstanding and anger. It was not until a breakthrough of repentance that the couple found grace in communication.
Flood provides a biblical foundation for marriage, practical tools for communication, and various ways of moving forward with what he has provided. He uses biblical illustrations as well as examples from his own marriage and marriages of others.
For me, the most thought provoking part of the book was when Flood wrote of the foolishness of saying “There is no God.” (Loc 501/1987) The foolishness is not in saying God does not exist, but rather, in this situation, at this time, I am going to act and talk as if God does not exist. What foolishness to live any part of life without acknowledging God and His design for my life, my conversation, my actions.
I really appreciate this book. Flood has a good method of communicating truth. He notes we must be willing to recognize our own weaknesses and be willing to change. He gives great principles for communication and insightful strategies for living them out. Questions for discussion or reflection are included at the end of each chapter.
Food for thought: “Words were designed to give life.” (Loc 336/1987)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Rob Flood serves as community and Care Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA. Prior to pastoral ministry, he was a writer for FamilyLife, a division of Cru. He and his wife have six children and live in West Chester, PA.
New Growth Press, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review.