What Did You Expect?

What Did You Expect?

Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

by Paul David Tripp
Publisher: Crossway Books
Redesign, ©2015, ISBN: 9781433549458
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Current Retail Price: $17.99
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"More couples than I can number have been surprised that their marriage needs the regular rescue of grace. And because they did not take the Bible seriously, they were caught short in that moment, when the rubber meets the road in daily life, where grace was their only hope...

"So, when you are sinned against or when the fallen world breaks your door down, don't lash out or run away. Stand in your weakness and confusion and say, 'I am not alone. God is with me, and He is faithful, powerful, and willing.' You can be realistic and hopeful at the very same time. Realistic expectations are not about hope without honesty, and they are not about honesty without hope. Realism is found at the intersection of unabashed honesty and uncompromising hope. God's word and God's grace make both possible in your marriage.

"Are your expectations for your marriage realistic?"—from Chapter 1

"At once deeply theological and practically relevant, this is one of the top books on marriage I have ever read. Paul Tripp allows readers to examine marriage through a biblical lens so that we understand how God can graciously heal our hurting homes. As a pastor, I will implore our people to read this book as soon as it is available."
Chris Brauns, author, Unpacking Forgiveness

"What I've come to expect from Paul Tripp is consistently deep, transparent, biblical, wise, practical, gospel-driven counsel. Rather than muddying the water with self-focused strategies designed to meet our ever-multiplying needs, Paul, as the seasoned soul-physician he is, correctly diagnoses our problems and provides the cure—humble faith in Jesus Christ. I wasn't disappointed. You won't be either."
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross

Table of Contents

  1. What Did You Expect?
  2. Reason to Continue
  3. Whose Kingdom?
  4. Day by Day

Commitment 1: We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness.

  1. Coming Clean: Confession
  2. Canceling Debts

Commitment 2: We will make growth and change our daily agenda.

  1. Pulling Weeds
  2. Planting Seeds

Commitment 3: We will work together to build a sturdy bond of trust.

  1. Sticking Out Your Neck
  2. Someone to Be Trusted

Commitment 4: We will commit to building a relationship of love.

  1. All You Need Is Love
  2. Ready, Willing, and Waiting

Commitment 5: We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace.

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Before Dark

Commitment 6: We will work to protect our marriage.

  1. Eyes Wide Open
  2. On Your Knees
  3. Worship, Work, and Grace


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