Thursday, August 8, 2013

HIRI: What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp

A few thoughts and points from What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp

Quotable: "You can probably name only two or three life-changing situations you have lived through. We are all the same; the character and quality of our life is forged in little moments. Every day we lay little bricks on the foundation of what our life will be. The bricks of words said, the bricks of actions taken, the bricks of little decisions, the bricks of little thoughts, and the bricks of small-moment desires all work together to form the functional edifice that is your marriage." (p58)

What I Liked: Reread the quote above.  That thought alone, applied to any area of your life, is worth the book's weight in Gold. I love that concept as it is one to live your whole life by, and especially so in marriage.  I also liked his discussion of self-love verses true-love and how we often confuse the two (in chapter 11).

What I Didn't Like: Nearly every chapter had a negative example of a marriage gone awry. I felt like each example was extreme.  I think the author's point was that any marriage can go really bad if we don't work on it.  But the extremity of the examples made it hard for me to personally apply the truth in the book.  Almost without trying I would think: "Well compared to that marriage I'm not doing too bad." I realize that's partly on me, but still some less extreme examples would have been nice.

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