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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Marriage Carol

"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.
Say it is thus with what you show me!"


It's Christmas Eve and Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary with a drive to the divorce lawyer's office. 

Two decades have passed and the only thing remaining from their union is the three children they've borne.  After years of being miserable, they've decided the best gift they can give themselves is to put the marriage out of its misery.  Counselors, books, cd's and marriage seminars have not helped; nothing seems to be able to save their sinking marriage.

During the snowy drive to the attorney, they "accidentally" end up at a retreat center for struggling couples.  Under the gentle and loving tutelage of Jay, the wise elderly man running the center, Marlee reflects on her life with Jacob and is surprised at the revelations about her marriage.

I read this book in one sitting!  Is it written lightly in the spirit of "A Christmas Carol", and is a beautiful, magical story about the power of love and commitment.  It also has an important lesson about the power that ONE choice has over many lives. 

The book also conveys a strong message about allowing God to do what only He can, and not relying on ourselves or our feelings. 

The main message of this book?  "Marriage is worth fighting for."

I highly recommend this book not only for the holidays, but for couples of any age, especially those who may be struggling in their marriage.

Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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