The Three Reasons I Wrote Marriage God’s Way

There are thousands of marriage books, so why another one? Here are the three reasons I wrote Marriage God’s Way!

Marriage God’s Way isn’t about people trusting me

I recognize this isn’t a “reason” I wrote Marriage God’s Way, but it does answer an important question—why should you trust me to write a marriage book? I would never encourage people to trust what I have to say about marriage. Marriage God’s Way isn’t a collection of my thoughts about God’s first institution. Rather, I’m trying to get readers to trust what God says about marriage. He’s the author of it. He designed the roles and responsibilities for husbands and wives. He knows what a couple needs to have “a healthy, joyful, Christ-centered relationship.” And He provided a recipe for that in His Word. My desire was to present that recipe clearly and biblically.

First, I wrote Marriage God’s Way, because I’m passionate about marriage

I’m passionate about this area of Scripture and life. God designed the family as the primary unit for every other segment in society, including the church. And marriage is the heart of the family. As marriages disintegrate, families disintegrates. When families disintegrate, churches disintegrate. As churches disintegrate, society disintegrates.

When marriages are strong, however, families are strong. When families are strong, churches can be strong because strong churches are made up of strong families. As a pastor, I have seen many struggling marriages, but I have also seen couples find the solutions to their problems in Scripture. The truth of God’s Word has the power to heal and strengthen any marriage. Continue reading “The Three Reasons I Wrote Marriage God’s Way”

Marriage God’s Way – presentation of first copy to my dad

I’ve been working with Amazon on Marriage God’s Way and they send a complimentary copy to authors when their book is finished. We opened the first copy as a family, which was a special moment for us. See video above! My wife, Katie, and our children have sacrificed a lot for me to be able to write this book. They have been without me many early mornings and late evenings while I was working.

My dad, John LaPierre, has Alzheimer’s disease and of my prayers was answered in being able to finish Marriage God’s Way is in a timely manner. On August 7, 2016 during the morning worship at Woodland Christian Church I was able to present Dad with the first copy that we opened together as a family. I read the Dedication, gave him the book, and felt thankful to share the moment with my church family. See video above! VBS took place the week before and you can see the set hadn’t yet been taken down :).

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Publishing Update on "Marriage God’s Way"

First, I want to thank everyone who has asked about Marriage God’s Way, or more significantly, prayed for me through this process! Hard to believe how much I’ve learned about literary agents, proposals, publishers, editing, etc. since this began in October. And that isn’t a boast so much as it’s an admission of my ignorance when I started. Lots of evenings have been spent up late in the office after my family went to bed working on proposals and query letters, and many early mornings before my family woke up reading blogs and articles to help me in this journey.1 And I would definitely say it’s been a journey!

One change worth mentioning is I originally planned to have response activities at the end of each section. The book consists of forty-nine fairly short chapters divided over thirteen sections, making a nice resource for small groups or Sunday Schools following a quarterly system (often thirteen weeks in length). My associate pastor, Doug Connell, offered to develop the response activities, but in the process of doing so he came up with enough material for a workbook.[2] Therefore, Marriage God’s Way no longer contains response activities at the end of the sections since they’ll be contained in the workbook. The book and workbook together will still work well – or even better now – for Sunday School teachers or small group leaders using these types of resources.

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I’m Writing a Book!

As I discussed in some previous posts, I write a manuscript for each of my sermons, usually in the 6,300 to 6,700-word range. While my notes are worded in such a way that they work well for me to preach from, they’re still written out thoroughly enough that for some period of time I’ve wanted to turn them into a book. From September 7, 2014 through February 2, 2015 I preached a number of messages on marriage, and I’ll be taking the notes from those messages and turning them into my first book titled, Marriage God’s Way.

At the current time Katie, the kids, and I are in our hometown of McArthur, CA visiting Katie’s parents. We’re staying here close to a month, which means missing three Sundays…something I’ve never done before. Without having to focus on preparing a sermon, Sunday School message, Wednesday night teaching, meet with people, or deal with any of the typical work that comes up during the week, I’m able to give myself completely to putting this book together.

After uploading all of the sermon transcripts, the count is around 95,000 words. Up to this point it’s been enjoyable, but much more challenging than I thought editing all the material into a book that is organized and not repetitive. If you’re interested, I’ve been using Scrivener (thanks to our associate pastor’s wife Jess Connell for showing it to me), which if you’re into writing I would highly recommend. My first day here was largely spent going through the tutorial. A lengthy, but worthwhile investment.

I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I’m thankful for a wonderful associate pastor, Doug Connell, who wants me to have this time, has prayed for me, and is committed to taking care of everything while I’m gone. I’m thankful for our elders who supported me in this decision, and I’m thankful for a wonderful congregation, many of whom have written me saying something along the lines of, “We’re so glad you and your family have this time away.”

Each week I’ll post excerpts from the book. I hope they might bless you, and perhaps give you a desire to read the book when it’s published. I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I continue working. My desire is this book will strengthen marriages and give people an understanding of, and desire to be, husbands and wives as described in Scripture. My prayer is that this book will help people have, “Marriages God’s Way.”

Author: Scott LaPierre