Build a Stronger Marriage: The Path to Oneness (Ask the Christian Counselor) by Bob Lepine
Best-selling author and longtime FamilyLife Today cohost Bob Lepine helps you work through the challenges that emerge in every marriage, causing couples to become isolated and alienated.
All marriages face seasons of distress and frustration—times when, thanks to a variety of factors, you don’t feel as close as you once were. Lepine helps you make the adjustments necessary to build the kind of marriage God intends for you to have and encourages you back on the path to oneness.
Build a Stronger Marriage maps out this path to oneness by first helping you and your spouse uncover how your motivations and expectations about marriage, childhood hardship, or family of origin issues, guilt, shame, or unaddressed relational wounds can impact a marriage relationship. You will be able to trade blame, dissatisfaction, and disappointment for a stronger, richer, and more rewarding relationship.
Practical, accessible, and concise guidance on how seeing marriage from God’s point of view is the path to oneness.
Part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series, walking readers through their deepest and most profound questions.
Gives readers the tools to understand their struggles in marriage and how the gospel brings hope and healing their relationship.
Compact format goes deeper than New Growth Press’s popular minibooks without overwhelming the reader.
"What couple doesn’t yearn to make their marriage stronger and happier? I’ve been married to Ken Tada for over forty years, and I say a hearty ‘yes’! It’s why I love Bob Lepine’s new book, Build a Stronger Marriage. I know Bob well, and he’s not only got the heart, but the experience and biblical know-how to guide couples toward a richer, more meaningful life together. I give this book a double thumbs-up!”
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center.
“Do you need a marriage makeover? Drawing on decades of insight as a teaching pastor and author, FamilyLife Today® cohost Bob Lepine shows you—practically and biblically—which items of your interpersonal ‘wardrobe’ to eliminate and what new pieces to put on for a refreshed, renovated relationship.”
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
“There is no one better to write about marriage than Bob. After interviewing thousands of theologians, pastors, and authors about marriage and family for over twenty-five years, Bob has gained a wealth of wisdom. More importantly, he lives it at home with his wife, Mary Ann. His wisdom will transform your marriage and your legacy. We trust no one more than Bob to articulate God’s truth for marriage. Enjoy this book and share it with others.”
Dave and Ann Wilson, Hosts of FamilyLife Today®
“As practical as it is powerful, Build a Stronger Marriage lays bare the root causes of marital dysfunction and deftly applies the restoration power of the gospel for couples who want to chart a new course in their relationship. The suggested activities are as helpful as the chapters are wise, holding out the promise of a new level of intimacy and health in your marriage.”
Gary Thomas, Author of Sacred Marriage
"Bob’s friendship and wise counsel have been a rich gift to us and our marriage. Now you get to glean this wisdom for yourself. You’ll love the way Bob connects practical insights with the timeless truth of Scripture. And the suggested activities at the end of each chapter are worth the price of the book. We enthusiastically recommend this resource."
Robert and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Authors; founders of Wolgemuth & Associates (Robert) and Revive Our Hearts (Nancy)
“Bob Lepine's book, Build a Stronger Marriage, helps couples move from unintentionally drifting apart to intentionally pulling together. Great marriages don't just happen automatically; they are built purposefully. Bob gives readers the tools to detect marital weak spots and establish new patterns that bring couples closer together than ever before. A great resource for any couple who is committed to having, not just a good marriage, but a great one!”
Sharon Jaynes, Author of Lovestruck and Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe
“I didn’t think there was a need for another marriage book, but then I read Bob Lepine’s latest work and was pleasantly surprised. Bob has concisely and compassionately written a book that will help marriages at any stage of life. Don’t let the brevity fool you—there is much here for couples to learn from, savor, and be equipped for.”
Jonathan D. Holmes, Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling
“Whether you want to repair a broken marriage or make a healthy marriage stronger, Build a Stronger Marriage is the tool you need. It is also a fantastic resource for counselors to pass on to the couples they counsel. I plan to keep a few copies on my shelf to use in my pastoral counseling. The chapters are short and easy to read but contain truths deep enough to make a lasting impact.”
Marty Machowski, Family Pastor; author of The Ology, Long Story Short, Brave and Bold, and other gospel-rich resources for church and home
“Here are ten descriptors to say why I think Build a Stronger Marriage should be required reading for any couple who wants a lasting marriage: well-written, clear-eyed, grace-saturated, short and potent chapters, winsomely written, pastorally wise, practically applied, refreshingly honest, precise and relevant, delightfully hopeful.”
Dave Harvey, President of Great Commission Collective; author of When Sinners Say I Do, Letting Go, and I Still Do
“Once again, Bob Lepine knocks it out of the park in Build A Stronger Marriage. Bob's experience and wise counsel offer specific ways to navigate the common storms of marriage. He asks thought-provoking questions, shares real-life examples to help even the most fragile marriages, and points to the Scriptures for confirmation. Thanks, Bob! Our world needs your insight and encouragement!”
Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Kendrick Brothers Productions
“For years, Bob Lepine has been teaching us about marriage through our radios, and I am so thankful that now we get the opportunity to learn from his writing. Build a Stronger Marriage is a helpful resource from a trusted expert on this most important topic. I plan on giving this book to the mentor couples in our church and using it as our primary marriage ministry resource. I hope your church does the same!”
Dean Inserra, Pastor, City Church, Tallahassee, Florida
About the Author
Bob Lepine is the longtime cohost of FamilyLife Today®. He serves as the teaching pastor at Redeemer Community Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the author of Love Like You Mean It: The Heart of a Marriage That Honors God, The Christian Husband, and Build a Stronger Marriage. Bob and his wife, Mary Ann have five children and ten grandchildren.