Saturday, May 16, 2009


'Truth and Intimacy: A Couples Journal,' is a book that belongs in every church library, and could serve as a workbook for marriage counseling classes. Common sense illustrations drawn from marriage partners who have faced and overcome difficult problems are at the heart of this book. Disagreements are inevitable in any marriage, but it is good to realize that once the problems identified, the journey toward intimacy becomes easier.

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy observed that, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Jared Diamond, in his book 'Guns, Germs and Steel,' called this the Anna Karenina Principal, and attempted to chart the reasons why the domestication of certain animals is impossible. As God's most complex creatures, it should not be so strange to us that certain behavioral deficiencies can doom a marriage to failure.

The last fifty pages of Truth and Intimacy is a workbook that brings the reader face-to-face with the most common problems that might occur in any marriage. I highly recommend this book.

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