The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths by Shaunti Feldhahn

By Shaunti Feldhahn

Divorce isn't the greatest risk to marriage. Discouragement is.

You’ve most likely heard the awful evidence: Half of all marriages lead to divorce. The divorce cost contained in the church is equal to outside. Most marriages are only retaining on. But what if those “facts” are literally myths?

In The excellent news approximately Marriage, best-selling writer Shaunti Feldhahn provides groundbreaking examine that finds the stunning, tremendously inspiring truth:

· the particular divorce fee hasn't ever gotten with reference to 50 percent.

· those that attend church usually have a considerably reduce divorce fee than those that don’t.

· such a lot marriages are happy.

· basic adjustments make an immense distinction in so much marriage problems.

· such a lot remarriages succeed.

For too lengthy, our self assurance in marriage has been undermined through chronic misunderstandings and imperfect information. This landmark e-book will transform how we predict and discuss marriage—and what we will dare to pray from it.

“Shaunti takes target at marriage myths that experience unfold like a melanoma via our culture–myths that experience turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. This book is jam-packed with game-changing revelations. Like this one: not just are most folks staying married, they're chuffed of their marriages!” –Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling writer of Love and Respect

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But people believe that they can improve their odds if they live together first. So some of the myths today about the risks of marriage lead to the very behaviors that decrease the odds of a marriage succeeding. We do need to give people hope about marriage. The sense that they can do things to give them a future. The sense that they’re going to make it. 40 While I may take issue with various projections, the conclusion is universal: there is a great need for hope. Realizing the truth that divorce is not inevitable, that true hope is there, and that their marriages will probably last a lifetime gives struggling couples a vision for the future.

Summary • The current divorce rate is nowhere near 50 percent and has never been close to the 50 percent mark. Instead, the vast majority of marriages last a lifetime. • According to the most recent authoritative data (2009 Census Bureau), 72 percent of people are still married to their first spouse. And of those who aren’t, many were married for years until a spouse died. Based on various factors, we can estimate that perhaps 20 to 25 percent of first marriages have ended in divorce. 8 percent have ended in divorce (2009 Census Bureau).

We think our discouragement about the state of marriage in our culture is based on years of solid evidence. If half of marriages today end in divorce, if most couples feel the fire go out after a few years, if the rate of divorce is the same in the church as it is out, then the institution of marriage is in trouble. We subconsciously revert to crisis mode. We talk widely about the need to work harder, to always be on the lookout for potential problems, to stick to our promises, and to endure hard marriages for the long haul—even when we want to quit.

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