Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and can save yours, too!)

I was intrigued by the description of Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and can save yours, too!).  It was written by a couple that’s been married for over twenty years and has seven children.  I wasn’t quite sure what it was these two individuals would consider an emergency marriage situation, but I know their approach to turn everything over to God is the right one. Greg and Julie Alexander were living the secular American dream perfectly.  They both worked hard, had very successful, lucrative jobs, were blessed to have one boy and one girl, a big house, a boat, luxury cars, and nice vacations.  They were in the elite social circles and kept rising in the ranks.  The higher they climbed in their careers the further they drifted from God, each other, and their children.  They both concluded their unhappiness sprang from having married the wrong person, and they decided to get a divorce. 
They saw it as a blessing when they found out that they’re new parish priest worked for the Tribunal, the office that handles annulments.  They weren’t at all prepared for the three key questions the priest asked them.  They completely rocked their world.  In seeking the answers to these most pertinent questions, which every married couple needs to know, they discovered what God’s plan is for marriage and opened themselves up to His will for their lives.    
Greg and Julie Alexander share both sides of their story with candor, openness, and honesty that will speak to all married couples regardless of the current state of their marriage.  They point to the most essential element to make marriage work: putting God at the center. 
I read the Marriage 911 all the way through, and now my husband and I are going through it a second time together and discussing the questions at the end of each chapter in addition to the big three.  We both agree it’s a remarkable story and magnificent evidence of how nothing is impossible with God.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Marriage 911. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.
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