Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage
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Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage

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Someone came between Lee and Leslie Strobel, threatening to shipwreck their marriage. No, it wasn't an old flame. It was Jesus Christ. Leslie's decision to become a follower of Jesus brought heated opposition from her skeptical husband. They began to experience conflict over a variety of issues, from finances to child-rearing. But over time, Leslie learned how to survive a spiritual mismatch. Today they're both Christians--and they want you to know that there is hope if you're a Christian married to a nonbeliever. In their intensely personal and practical book, they reveal: * Surprising insights into the thinking of non-Christian spouses * A dozen steps toward making the most of your mismatched marriage * Eight principles for reaching out to your partner with the gospel * Advice for raising your children in a spiritually mismatched home * How to pray for your spouse--plus a 30-day guide to get you started * What to do if you're both Christians but one lags behind spiritually * Advice for single Christians to avoid the pain of a mismatchshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • ZONDERVAN
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0310220149
  • 9780310220145
  • 246,382

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Someone came between Lee and Leslie Strobel, threatening to shipwreck their marriage. No, it wasn't an old flame. It was Jesus Christ. Leslie's decision to become a follower of Jesus brought heated opposition from her skeptical husband. They began to experience conflict over a variety of issues, from finances to child-rearing. But over time, Leslie learned how to survive a spiritual mismatch. Today they're both Christians--and they want you to know that there is hope if you're a Christian married to a nonbeliever. In their intensely personal and practical book, they reveal: * Surprising insights into the thinking of non-Christian spouses * A dozen steps toward making the most of your mismatched marriage * Eight principles for reaching out to your partner with the gospel * Advice for raising your children in a spiritually mismatched home * How to pray for your spouse--plus a 30-day guide to get you started * What to do if you're both Christians but one lags behind spiritually * Advice for single Christians to avoid the pain of a mismatchshow more

About Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Visit Lee's website at: leestrobel.com Leslie Strobel has been involved in women's ministries and one-on-one mentoring in the churches where the Strobels have served. She and Lee live in Orange County, California, and are the parents of two grown children.show more

Table of contents

How Leslie and I Wrote This Book 9 Part 1:The Challenge of a Mismatched Marriage 1. Entering into the Mismatch 13 2. In Leslie's Words: A Story of Loneliness, Fear, Perseverance, Faith 29 3. In Lee's Words: A Story of Anger, Resentment, Conviction, Renewal 42 Part 2:Making the Most of Your Mismatched Marriage 4. The Players: God, Your Spouse, and a Mentor 59 5. Giving Your Spouse What God Gave You 82 6. The Chill, the Children, and the Most Challenging Question 101 Part 3:Your Marriage as a Mission Field 7. Before You Tell Your Spouse about God 121 8. What to Say When Words Are Hard to Find 140 9. The Power of a Praying Spouse 162 Part 4:Managing Other Mismatches 10. Avoiding the Dating Traps 185 11. When Christians Are Out of Sync 207 Conclusion: Into the Future of Your Mismatch 225 Notes 232 Appendix 1: Your 30-Day Prayer Adventure 241 Appendix 2: Application Guide 257 Appendix 3: Resource Guide 267 Appendix 4: A Letter to Your Spouse: Dear Friend ... 270show more