In the ten chapters of this book, Claire Cloninger has taken the traditional marriage vows from "I Do" to "Till Death Do Us Part" and explained them through examples from her own marriage of over 40 years and from the experiences of others. In the first chapter, "I Do, " she lists nine ways to "fight fair" or "the plan for creative conflict."(pp.16,17)
Cloninger begins each chapter with a pertinent quote from a famous person and a scripture passage, making the reader more aware of what is to come. For example, David Wilkerson is quoted for chapter two's "Love and Comfort" with "Love is not only something you feel. It's something you do."(p. 21)
It is noteworthy that the author is a sought after Christian communicator, award winning lyricist, and a popular writer. Her style is unique, and the reader is left with a sense that Claire Cloninger can be believed and that she practices that which she encourages others to follow.
This book is definitely more than a nice suggestion for engaged couples, newlyweds, middle weds and older weds, since there is much to be gleaned for all stages of marriage, from wedding day to the end of life with the one He has given us.
Cloninger emphasizes the word "commitment," not only to the marriage partner, but most importantly, to the One Who has brought each couple together--thus making "I Do" last for the lifetime that He intended. Sharon Rideout, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
God alone knows fully the hopes and dreams that nestle within the hearts of two souls who promise to honor and cherish one another “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.” And He also knows that only a firm commitment to those vows will fulfill their dreams for a lifetime of love.
In this engaging book, author Claire Cloninger reflects on the promises a couple makes on their wedding day and explores what those words really mean when it comes to the daily grind and unanticipated difficulties of life. Along the way, she shares the inspiring stories of numerous real-life couples whose commitment to those vows has bound them together through staggering challenges and drawn them toward a love that grows deeper with each passing year.